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.

Explore the gardens

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

Mindful Meander 

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. 

Anglesey Abbey couple by tibetan cherry

Mindful Meander at Anglesey Abbey 

Find our top tips for mindfulness here.

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

Beautiful snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey 

Join us again in 2021 for our snowdrops season, which we anticipate will be from 30 January - 28 February, but keep checking back here for updates.

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. 

arboretum in spring

Walks at Anglesey Abbey 

With around 114 acres of garden, set in fantastic countryside scenery, there's a walk for everyone at Anglesey Abbey. Whether you've got half an hour or a full day, come and stretch your legs in our grounds.

Discover the House

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

Anglesey Abbey in the spring sunshine

Discover the House at Anglesey Abbey 

The House at Anglesey Abbey is currently closed until further notice. Please keep an eye on our digital channels for updates.

Uncover Lode Mill's history

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?

 

Eating and Shopping

Feeling Peckish?

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.

Enjoy a warming drink at Anglesey Abbey
A cappuccino at Anglesey Abbey
Enjoy a warming drink at Anglesey Abbey

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. 

The kneeling garden mat is showing the new spring summer print next to some small garden essentials

Shopping inspired by special places 

Our shop has now reopened. For the safety of staff and visitors we've introduced social distancing measures and changes to payment, which will be via card only. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Anglesey Abbey for everyone, for ever.

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. 

Find our new garden range in the Plant Centre this spring

Recreate Anglesey Abbey Gardens at home 

Our plant centre has now reopened. For the safety of staff and visitors we've introduced social distancing measures and changes to payment, which will be via card only. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Anglesey Abbey for everyone, for ever.