North Wales

Bodnant Garden, near 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 - 3hr. On-board coach welcome.
Distance: 5.8 miles (9.3 km) from Conwy.

Walled gardens with flowers and plants and people walking at Bodnant Garden.

Bodnant Garden

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 - 3hr. On-board coach welcome, introductory talks and out of hours tours available.
Distance: 10.3 miles (16.6 km) from Wrexham.

Exterior of Chirk Castle with greenery growing up tower and garden with topiary.

Chirk castle

Erddig, Wrexham
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 - 2hr 30min. On-board coach welcome, introductory talk, general guided tour, out of hours tours available.

Wooden staircase and room with wooden panels at Erddig.
An aeriel view of the 18th century Parterre garden with a partial view of Erddig House.
A table set for grand dining with portraits on the wall and a pillar in the background at Erddig House.


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 - 3hr. On-board coach welcome, introductory talks and out of hours tours available. 

Shot from above of the interior structure and visitors at Penrhyn Castle with sunlight coming through the window.
Aerial view of the tower at Penrhyn Castle and Menai Strait beyond.
External view of Penrhyn Castle framed by trees in the foreground with people in the distance walking in park.

Penrhyn Castle

Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey
Plas Newydd 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 - 3hr. On-board coach welcome, general guided tour and out of hours tours available.
Special interest tours:  The Glorious Garden Tour; The Magnificent Home of the Marquess; Whistler Behind the Scenes.
Distance: 6.6 miles (10.6 km) from Bangor.

Pink, white and red azaleas in bloom in the garden at Plas Newydd Country House.
C18th Neo-classical with cantilevered stairs and a wrought iron, and partly gilt bronze, balustrade at Plas Newydd.

Plas Newydd House and Garden

Plas yn Rhiw, Pwllheli
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 a 16th century house with Georgian additions.

Group visit information: Average length of visit - 1 hr. General guided tour and out of hours tours available.
Distance: 11 miles (17.7 km) from Pwllheli.

Garden in foreground with pink flowers and hedges with Plas yn Rhiw house in background.

Plas yn Rhiw

South Wales

Aberdulais, 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.

Group visit information:  Average length of visit - 1hr 30min. On-board coach welcome and introductory talks available. Guided tours can be provided on request.
Distance: 3 miles (4.8 km) from Neath.

The flowing waterfall at Aberdulais Tin Works.
The industrial heritage of Aberdulais Tin Works.


Colby Woodland Garden, near Amroth
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 - 2hr. On-board coach welcome, introductory talks, general guided tour and out of hours tours are available.
Special Interest tours: Guided garden tour.
Distance: 5.8 miles (9.3 km) from Narberth.

Colby Woodland Garden showing a statue surrounded by rhododendrons.
The walled garden at Colby Woodland Garden with a white summerhouse in background.

Colby Woodland Garden

Dinefwr, Llandeilo
A magical land of power and influence for more than 2,000 years and 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 - 3hr. On-board coach welcome, introductory talks, general guided tour and out of hours tours are available.

View of Newton House in the distance at Dinefwr, with trees in the foreground.
Herd of fallow deer in the woodland setting at Dinefwr.

Newton House and deer park at Dinefwr

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas
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.

Group Visit Information: Rates apply to groups of 15 or more people. Average length of visit - 4hr. 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.
Distance: 9.3 miles (14.9 km) from Cardiff. 

Drawing room inside Dyffryn House with red walls, ornate ceiling and a statue in the foreground.
People looking at the garden with Dyffryn house behind.

Dyffryn Gardens

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 45min.

An external view of the grand Tredegar House surrounded by trees and lawns.
A four  poster bed in the bedroom at Tredegar House
The lake and lake house surrounded by shrubs at Tredegar House.

Tredegar House

Mid Wales

Dolaucothi, 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 - 2hr 30 min. On-board coach welcome, introductory talks, general guided tours and out of hours tours are available. 

Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion
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 - 2hr 30min. On-board coach welcome.
Special interest tours: Guided history tour and garden tour.  Pre-booked evening after hours guided tours also available.
Distance: 2.5 miles (4 km) from Aberaeron.

Walled garden with roses at Llanerchaeron.
Exterior view of the Georgian villa at Llanerchaeron.


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 - 3hr. 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 are also available.

A grand view of Powis Castle and the Gardens.

Powis Castle and Garden

Discover Wales' outdoors with National Trust

National Trust also own parts of Wales' coast and countryside and works hard to protect our wildlife and nature. Find suggested walks and places to visit along the coast .

Special interest tours may be available at some properties. Please enquire directly.

Luke Potter - National Trust

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