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 continue to restore the route after 21 years of beauty.
Open daily, 9.30am - 4.30pm (Last entry at 4pm)
From 6 January | Daily
To help you make the most of an early mornings walk, we've created a mindful meander through the Winter Garden.
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.
Look out for our spring Mindful Meander, new for 2020.
The Mindful Meander is available daily, and can be picked up at Reception.
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.
The Winter Garden
Open daily from 9.30am
Last year marked 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.
The Winter Plant Guide
If you want to delve a little deeper into the Winter Garden, pick up one of our new Plant Guides at the beginning of the Winter Walk. To help us continute looking after the Winter Garden and other parts of this special place, we ask you to make a 50p suggested donation.
Open daily 11am - 4pm (Last entry at 3pm)
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 March?
Redwoods Restaurant | Open daily | 9.30am - 4.30pm
Rise and shine and begin the day with a hot drink as you head out on an early morning walk. With a wide range of hot drinks available, whether you like a flat white or a hot chocolate with all the trimmings, grab a coffee in Redwoods.
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
Open daily | 10am - 4.30pm
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.