Gardens in bloom and rooms with a view in Wales

Escape the crowds, get closer to nature and delve deeper into the stories behind our special Welsh places. From magnificent mansions to humble homes, country estates to coastal gems, here’s our pick of the best experiences on offer - inside and out - in Wales.

The golden flowers of the Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

At nearly 140 years old, our stunning pergola walkway of golden flowers is believed to be the oldest and longest flowering arch in the UK and it glows for three glorious weeks in late May and early June.

Newton House with visitors enjoying the courtyard and grounds

Dinefwr, Llandeilo 

Take an expansive parkland and historic mansion, mix with local food and drink producers, add some professional cookery demonstrations and you’ve got Dinefwr’s annual Food Festival. For the second year running, Newton House and Courtyard will be jam-packed with stalls and food workshops from foraging to cocktail making. Cook up a storm against the backdrop of Dinefwr’s designed landscape.

Glenn Morris' sculpture 'Lost Comrades'

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan 

A beautiful garden is a work of art, and enhanced by a temporary trail from Sculpture Cymru, Dyffryn is no exception. The ’Place’ exhibition explores aspects of the house and gardens’ history, from its beginnings, through its near demise due to war and final return to splendour.

Erddig Head Gardener Mike Snowden meeting Philip Yorke III and his penny farthing

Erddig, Wrexham 

Mark the ruby anniversary of Erddig and admire a much-loved home and garden filled with stories of a family and their servants. From June, follow in the footsteps of Philip Yorke III and explore the estate’s journey from dereliction to distinction with an evocative multi-media installation throughout the house, gardens and outbuildings.

Mary Ashby Lewis managed the Llanerchaeron estate for 56 years after the death of her husband

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion 

Experience Llanerchaeron through the eyes of the women who lived and worked on the estate. Visit the cellar to discover what Elizabeth Johnes was hiding; learn about the last children raised in the house by Corbetta Powell; understand how Mary Ashby Lewis maintained the estate; and be inspired by Annie Ponsonby’s charitable work.

Summertime at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, North Wales

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 

Delve into the detail behind Penrhyn before the castle opens its grand old doors for the day. Discover the history and stories behind the paintings and architecture of this opulent castle or simply enjoy the tranquil gardens with far-reaching views of Snowdonia and across the sea.

Plas Newydd, Anglesey, with the Menai Strait and Snowdonia seen from beneath a large sycamore tree

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

Join Bill Warrel, Plas Newydd’s new Head Gardener for a walk and talk around the garden followed by tea or coffee and a homemade scone in the Mansion Café. Freshly picked from Bodnant Garden, Bill will share his tips on how to create your own garden of grandeur at home.

Ivan Murray's seal sculpture on the beach at Aberdaron

Porth y Swnt, Llŷn 

Join Porth y Swnt’s celebrations and follow a sculpture trail of the creatures who call Llŷn home. The specially commissioned sculptures by talented local sculptor, Ivan Murray feature hares, porpoise, choughs, peregrines and grey seals.

A view of Powis Castle and terraces. Powys, Wales

Powis Castle, Welshpool 

Laid out in the early eighteenth century the gardens are one of the finest examples of Italian terraces in Britain with stunning hillside panoramas. Explore richly planted herbaceous borders, enormous yew hedges, lead statuary, an orangery and acres of peaceful woodland.

A close-up photo of the wall paintings

Tudor Merchant's House, Tenby 

Vital conservation work to save centuries-old wall paintings has begun and visitors are invited to peel back the layers of time in the Tenby townhouse and see the delicate process in action. Thought to date between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, the three-colour floral pattern was painted freehand onto the walls which lead out to the seaside town.

The Orangery Garden view from the House roof

Tredegar House, Newport 

Experience our seventeenth century wonder from a whole new angle with unprecedented access to the restoration work taking place at Tredegar House. Delve deeper into the history of how the house was built and developed over its 500-year lifespan. You just need a head for heights as you will be 79 feet up!