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 our Laburnum Arch in late May/early June.

We know how many people missed the arch flowering last year, so this year Bodnant Garden is opening early and closing late from May 22 to June 13 (8am-8pm weekdays and 9am-7.30pm at weekends) for you to enjoy the arch and many other spring garden highlights.

Visits must be pre-booked on our website or by calling the booking line: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden/whats-on

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. 

Last year was the first time we weren't able to welcome people to enjoy the spectacle, because the garden was closed during the national lockdown - making the Laburnum Arch 2021 more eagerly anticipated than ever before!

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

Check our top tips on visiting during Laburnum Arch period: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden/features/what-to-expect-when-visiting-bodnant-garden and meanwhile, enjoy a taster with this time-lapse video filmed last year:

" The Laburnum Arch is the jewel in the crown of our springtime at Bodnant Garden and something everybody should see at least once in a lifetime. We're all set, so watch this space!"
- William Greenwood, Property Manager at Bodnant Garden