Penrhyn Castle gardens in winter

There's still plenty to see and do in the gardens over winter. In fact, the gardeners consider it to be a very busy time of year.

Winter is one of the best times to enjoy the views from the garden, with the crisp air giving clear views of the surrounding landscape.

A garden with a view

From 'Maple Lawn' and the back of the castle you can enjoy clear views down the North Wales coast to Llandudno, the Great Orme and Puffin Island.

View of the Conwy coastline from Penrhyn Castle
View of the Conwy coastline from Penrhyn Castle
View of the Conwy coastline from Penrhyn Castle

The front of the Castle and gardens face Snowdonia and have beautiful views of the Carneddau on a clear day.

The Castle itself was strategically placed to give an uninterupted view of the Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda.

Sniffing trails

Did you know that dogs are welcome in all areas of the garden throughout the year, including the Walled Garden?  We just ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a short lead and out of the Rook Wood play area.

Penrhyn is the perfect mix of open lawns and woodland trails for dog walking. You can follow our longer walk around the edges of the grounds or just wander at your own pace.

Playful pooches at Penrhyn Castle
Dog walking at penrhyn Castle
Playful pooches at Penrhyn Castle

Farther afield

For a little more adventure why not visit our hide and natural play area on the banks of the Ogwen river (Afon Ogwen). Here you can take in the scenery and stroll along our new boardwalk, created by our Woodland Rangers.

A wooden hide along the banks of the River Ogwen

Cwt Ogwen Hide and Natural Play Area

If you go down to the woods today... You may be in for a big surprise, especially if you haven’t visited along the river bank at Penrhyn Castle for a while!

We do ask that you keep your four legged friends on a short lead and avoid the more sensetive areas of the garden like the Walled Garden and the Outdoor Gym/Children's Playground.

Don't forget to pick up a doggy treat on your way out!

Fun for all the family

No matter what the weather, there's also plenty of activities you can tick off your 50 things list. Get those wellies on, pick up a 50 things map at the visitor centre and get stomping!

50 Things activity map

Download our 50 Things map

We've scouted our garden and spotted some brilliant spots to tick off some of your 50 things list.

Late Winter and signs of Spring

As Winter fades signs of spring are a joy to behold at Penrhyn with the Walled Garden and woodlands perect for late winter flowers and Snowdrops.

Blow away the cobwebs

If you're looking for a more energetic experience in the great outdoors, you can always join one of our weekly Parkruns. Once you know the route, there's nothing stopping you practicing on your own either!