The Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden

The golden laburnum arch at Bodnant

One of the highlights of spring at Bodnant Garden is the flowering of the Laburnum Arch in late May/early June.

We know how many people love to see the Laburnum arch flowering, so again this year, Bodnant Garden is opening early and closing late from Monday 23 May to Sunday 5 June (9am-8pm Monday to Thursday, last entry at 6.30pm, and 9am-6pm Friday to Sunday, last entry at 5.30pm).  

Pre-booking your tickets is strongly advised between late May and early June as we expect to be busy. You can book in advance by following the link here or by calling the Central Booking Line on 03442 491895. 

History of the Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden 

The Laburnum Arch, a 55 metre-long avenue of golden flowers, was created by the garden’s Victorian founder Henry Pochin in 1880. He employed Edward Milner, apprentice to Joseph Paxton, to help design the formal garden around Bodnant Hall, including a Laburnum Arch based on pergola walkways of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is believed to be the longest and oldest in Britain. 

More than 140 years later, the floral display is the most visited, photographed and anticipated event of Bodnant Garden’s year, drawing around 50,000 visitors for three weeks at the end of May and beginning of June.  

Visiting the Laburnum Arch  

2020 was the first time Bodnant Garden couldn’t welcome people to enjoy the arch, because the garden was closed during the national lockdown. Since then, we’ve loved being able to share the joy that the Laburnum arch brings to so many, from near and far. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the blooms again in 2022.  

Car parking 

The team will be on hand in the car park to guide you to a free space when you arrive for your booked time.  If you require a disabled parking space we recommend visiting at less busy times, earlier in the morning or later in the day. 

Consider car sharing or using public transport (there’s a stop outside the garden gates for the 25 Arriva service from Llandudno). If you are not visiting the garden, but shopping at Bodnant Garden Centre or craft units, please consider coming at off-peak times when the shared car park will be less busy. 

Access to the arch 

The Laburnum Arch is near the entrance to the garden on fairly level ground and is wheelchair accessible. The approach is by wide, firm gravelled path and a section of lawn. If you have any special requirements such as mobility issues please let us know in advance or on the day and we will do our best to help. 

Dogs at Bodnant 

Please remember that if you’d like to bring along your four-legged friend, dogs are welcome in the garden on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. See our Dogs Welcome page for full details. 

Laburnum watch! 

We'll be posting updates on our social media channels and we'd love to see your images, which you can share using the hashtag #BodnantLaburnumArch 

Meanwhile, enjoy a taster with this time-lapse video of the Laburnum arch filmed in 2020: