Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, Neath
For over 400 years, this famous waterfall provided the energy to drive the wheels of industry, from the smelting of copper in 1584 to the Victorian tinplate works. Today, the waterwheel is the largest in Europe generating electricity which makes Aberdulais Falls self-sufficient in environmentally-friendly energy.
5km from Neath Port Talbot
Bodnant Garden, Conwy
One of the world’s most spectacular gardens, Bodnant Garden is situated above the River Conwy with stunning views across Snowdonia. It features huge Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level, with a steeply-sided wooded valley, stream and waterfall below.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 3 hrs. On-board coach welcome.
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Magnificent medieval fortress that became a family home. 700 years of history contrasting the austere medieval tower and dungeons with elegant state rooms and fine furniture. Chirk Castle also has award-winning tranquil gardens with rare trees and shrubs, lime tree avenue and spectacular views across nine counties.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 3 hours. On-board coach, welcome and introductory talks available. Out of hours tours available.
11km from Wrexham
Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
Set in a tranquil and secluded valley, Colby Woodland Garden has a fascinating industrial past and offers a variety of walks on open and wooded pathways. Rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and camellias underplanted with bluebells provide spring colour. Later highlights are the summer hydrangeas and autumn foliage.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 2 hrs. On-board coach welcome and introductory talks available. General guided tour. Out of hours tours are available.
Special Interest tours: Guided Garden Tour.
16km from Narberth
A magical land of power and influence for more than 2,000 years, Dinefwr is an iconic place in the history of Wales. The ‘hands on’ Newton House gives visitors an atmospheric 1912 experience.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 3 hrs. On-board coach, welcome and introductory talks available. General guided tour. Out of hours tours are available.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Pumpsaint
The unique Dolaucothi gold mines overlook the beautiful Cothi Valley. The Romans, who exploited the site almost 2,000 years ago, left behind a complex of pits and channels. Guided tours take visitors through the Roman and the more recent underground workings.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 2 hrs 30 mins. On-board coach welcome and introductory talks available. General guided tour; out of hours tours.
Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
An exceptional example of Edwardian garden design, Dyffryn Gardens covers more than 55 acres featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and seasonal bedding. There is a statuary collection, an arboretum featuring historically and horticulturally important trees from all over the world. Main picture: Pompeian garden.
Group Visit Information: Rates apply to groups of 15+ people. Average length of visit: 4 hours. The gardens and house are open for everyone to enjoy at their own leisure, guided gardens tours from volunteers are available on request subject to availability. Requests must be made at least one month prior to the visit. Knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to share the history of the house.
Erddig is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain, due largely to the close relationship between the family and the servants. With an evocative range of outbuildings, the house, with its state rooms, displays most of its original 18th and 19th century furnishings. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th century formal design.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 2 hrs 30mins. On-board coach welcome, introductory talk; General guided tour; Out of hours tours.
Centred around a fine Regency villa designed in the 1790s by John Nash, Llanerchaeron holds essential appeal which comes from the rare opportunity it offers to experience a complete, self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate. The villa, service courtyard, mature walled gardens, pleasure grounds with ornamental lake and home-farm complex with traditional outbuildings, take visitors back to bygone times.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 2hrs 30mins. On-board coach welcome.
Special interest tours: Guided History Tour; Garden Tour. Pre-booked evening 'After hours' guided tours also available (bilingual).
4km from Aberaeron
Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
This dramatic neo-Norman fantasy castle is crammed with fascinating things such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria. The Victorian kitchen and other servants’ rooms at Penrhyn Castle have been restored to reveal the preparations for the banquet honouring the Prince of Wales’ visit in 1894.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 3 hrs. On-board coach welcome, introductory talks available; Out of hours tours.
1.5km from Bangor
Plas Newydd Country House & Gardens, Anglesey
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens is the home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia. This elegant 18th century house is an interesting mixture of classical and Gothic. The comfortable interior, restyled in the 1930s, is famous for its association with Rex Whistler, whose largest painting, and exhibition of his work, is found here. The fine gardens provide colour throughout the seasons.
Group visit information: Average length of visit: 3 hrs. On-board coach welcome, general guided tour; Out of hours tours.
Special interest tours: The Glorious Garden Tour; The Magnificent Home of the Marquess; Whistler Behind the Scenes.
10.6km from Bangor
Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd
This small manor house was rescued from neglect and lovingly restored by the three Keating sisters, who bought it in 1938. The views from delightful gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most spectacular in Britain. Plas yn Rhiw is 16th century house with Georgian additions.
Group visit information:
Average length of visit: 1 hr. General guided tour; Out of hours tours.
26km from Pwllheli
Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool
Powis Castle and Garden is laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, and its world-famous garden retains its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces. Perched on a rock above the garden terraces, the medieval castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales.
Group visit information: Rates apply to groups of 15 people or more. Average length of visit: 3 hours. The gardens and house are open for everyone to enjoy at their own leisure but guided gardens tours are available on request. Knowledgeable volunteers are on hand daily to share the history of the house.
Special interest tours available
1.5km from Welshpool
Tredegar House, Newport
From a military hero, to tales of lunacy, a Russian princess and wild parties of the 1930s, Tredegar House has a colourful past. It's one of the finest restoration buildings in the country. Be immersed in the sumptuous style of a 17th century wedding and the grandeur of one of the glitziest rooms in Wales. Along the way hear the stories of the Morgan family and their servants – there are plenty of them! Enjoy traditional garden games in the elegant formal gardens, and explore the 90 acres of parkland complete with woodland walk, playground park café and lake.
Group visit information: Group size up to 25; Availability March to October; Duration 45 minutes
Special interest tours may be available at most properties. Please enquire when contacting them.
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