Winter at Anglesey Abbey

This winter season, join us at Anglesey Abbey to experience the Winter Garden at its best. With the snowdrops in bloom, join us as we begin to embark on a journey to restore the route after 21 years of beauty.

Explore the gardens

Open daily, 9.30am - 4.30pm (Last entry at 4pm)

Mindful Meander 

From 7 January | Daily

To celebrate the launch of our 9.30am early opening of the gardens, we've created a mindful meander through the Winter Garden to help you make the most of an early mornings walk. Pick up your trail from Reception and head out into the Winter Garden to discover the pockets of peace it is able to offer. Make use of your senses throughout this sensory trail, which is suitable for everyone. As our mindfulness trail comes to an end at the silver birches, take forward the mindfulness suggestions and continue them into the wider garden. Discover a new sound, or a new relaxation spot or texture by exploring the gardens through your senses. 

The Mindful Meander is available daily, and can be picked up at Reception. 

Snowdrops

As the new year dawns, the snowdrop collection that Anglesey Abbey has become famous for will be beginning to make an appearance. With many different ways to experience them, find out how to make the most of your experience by clicking the link below. 

Snowdrops in the foreground, with the house behind

Beautiful snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey

Thousands of snowdrops are bursting into flower across the gardens to herald the arrival of spring. This year our Snowdrop Season runs from 19 January - 28 February. You also have extra time to explore as the gardens now open earlier at 9.30am.

The Winter Garden

Open daily from 9.30am

The year of 2019 marks 21 years since the opening of our, now famous, Winter Garden. Planted to commemorate the centenary of Lord Fairhaven's birth in 1896, the quarter of a mile path contains over 150 different varieties of plants. The plans for the garden began in the spring of 1998, by then Head of Gardens for the National Trust, John Sales and Richard Ayres, the then Head Gardener. It was formally opened in the November, with Betty Boothroyd, the then Speaker of the House of Commons, planting a giant redwood tree at the starting point of the root. The tree still stands today - can you spot it?   

The design of Lord Fairhaven's garden meant that there was always an area of beauty, regardless of the season, with the one exception of winter. An extremely sensory mix of plants, the Winter Garden now offers colour, scent and beauty in the frosty months of January to March. 

This area of the garden has become a firm favourite with both staff, volunteers and visitors alike. Nobody can forget the striking image of the silver birch grove planted at the end to create a grand finale. Over time, some of the beds have deteriorated, and this year we're able to restore the planting. 

Want to discover more?

Join one of our guided tours with our knowledgeable Garden Guides. Running on weekdays at 11am and 1.30pm, discover our outdoor highlights and learn about the story of the Winter Garden. Find out more here.

Discover the House

Open daily 11am - 4pm (Last entry at 3pm)

Now open 362 days a year, the House begins the season with an exciting project to restore and redecorate the Living Room and Long Gallery returning it back to the original colour schemes that the 1st Lord Fairhaven had chosen for his English country home. 

Delamination of the historic paint has meant that parts of the walls are flaking, jarring with the high presentation standards set by the first Lord Fairhaven. Paint sampling in the Long Gallery has revealed that pre-Lord Fairhaven schemes were a deep red/pink and later three schemes of a mid-brown colour. The first scheme dating from Lord Fairhaven’s ownership is a warm, stone coloured washable distemper. Later schemes applied in his lifetime were warmer, apricot buff-coloured washable distempers.

In order to preserve this space for the future, the recommended course of action is to remove the areas of failing paint and redecorate in the last known colour scheme that Lord Fairhaven had. Therefore the Long Gallery will be redecorated in an apricot colour

This redecoration is part of a larger, longer term project to restore inside of the House back to the way it would have looked during Lord Fairhaven's time. This change inevitably means part of the collection will be displayed in different areas of the House whilst we carry out this essential conservation work. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get up close and personal with the collection within the House, with the redisplay offering different perspectives. 

During this time, the route will also take a provide perspective. Rather than using the front door, the way in will be through our 1960's Domestic Wing, where there'll be lot's to engage with about how one might go about a historic, curatorial redecoration project. 

Seas of snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey
Snowdrops House
Seas of snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey

Eager to learn more?

Timely Talk

Wednesdays at 12pm | 19 Jan - 28 Feb 

Discover what's involved in keeping Anglesey's clocks ticking and learn more about why Lord Fairhaven amassed a large collection of clocks. 

Find out more here

Curating a Collection

Tuesdays at 12pm | 19 Jan - 28 Feb

Go behind the scenes and uncover the stories behind the collection. From a bronze cat with a questionable provenance to a Tudor portrait with mistaken identity, each object tells a story of how Lord Fairhaven curated his collection. 

For more details, click here

Uncover history at Lode Mill

Open Tuesday - Sunday (daily during February, half terms and bank holidays) | 10.30am - 3pm

Located at half way through the Winter and Riverside walk, Lode Mill tells the story of grain to plate in the setting of a historic working watermill. 

Climb to the top floor and follow the process down to the freshly milled wholemeal flour on the ground floor. Why not pick up a bag and bake something new this January?

Half Term Fun

Feeling Peckish?

Redwoods Restaurant | Open daily | 9.30am - 4.30pm

*Now open from 9.30*

Rise and shine with a warming breakfast, or begin the day with a hot drink as you head out on an early morning walk. Our Winter Warmer range of hot chocolates are particularly indulgent, with four flavours to choose from.

Festive gingerbread hot chocolate
Anglesey abbey gingerbread hot chocolate
Festive gingerbread hot chocolate

Our restaurant can become busy during peak periods. Lunch is served from 11.30am, so to avoid the crowds, why not sit down for an early lunch, or have a later lunch with hot food served until 2.30pm. 

Shopping inspired by special places

Did you know that every penny spent in our shop goes directly towards funding the vital conservation work needed to keep this special place alive? 

The shop has a large range of Anglesey Abbey inspired items for you to take home to remember a day spent here. From snowdrop jewellery, to books, to locally crafted souvenirs, there's something for everyone. 

Recreate Anglesey Abbey gardens at home

Open daily | 10am - 4.30pm

The Plant Centre, located through the Shop, has something to suit all gardens and skill levels. Whether you're a beginner looking to recreate a patch of Anglesey Abbey in your own home, or an experienced gardener looking to expand your plant collection, our friendly team is on hand to help you find what you need. 

Why not build your own collection of Winter Garden plants, inspired by the garden here at Anglesey Abbey? Snowdrops and winter plants will be on sale throughout January and February. 

Former Head Gardener, Richard Ayres will be in the Plant Centre sharing the story of how the snowdrop collection grew to over 300 varieties and the development of the Winter Garden. For more details, keep an eye on our social media channels.