Plas Newydd; A garden for every season

The Grade 1-listed landscape at Plas Newydd consists of 40 acres of garden and 129 acres of woodland and parkland. Here is just a small taste of what you can discover.

A Wonderful setting

So much of what's special in the garden is in direct result of its setting and climate. Nestled on the shores of the Menai Strait, with stunning views out to the mountains of Snowdonia, it is most definitely a hard location to beat. The mild conditions allow a wide range of plants to flourish, from rhododendrons and magnolias to rare southern hemisphere specimens in the Arboretum.

Beautiful borders

The Italianate Terraces and Sunroom Courtyard are full of colour from early spring to autumn.  The stunning display of tulips in the borders in March are a sight to see, and with dahlias and salvias bringing the borders’ year to a close in October.

The Hot Border on the Terraces is a riot of reds, oranges and yellows, with the contrasting Cool Border opposite. The recently renovated Sunroom Courtyard is filled with blues, pinks and whites, both from bulbs and perennials and remains attractive throughout the summer.

Plas Newydd, Anglesey
Plas Newydd gardens from above, Anglesey
Plas Newydd, Anglesey

The West Indies

Here you'll find expansive lawns dotted with large specimen trees, beautiful magnolias, many hydrangeas, as well as Japanese maples that colour handsomely in the autumn. It is also home to the Camellia Dell, formerly a quarry, and our fabulous Treehouse.  It’s a perfect spot to find a seat and take a few moments to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Spring is coming!
Spring magnolia flowers beginning to open.
Spring is coming!

Arboretum

In the atmospheric Arboretum, a canopy of Chilean beeches and aromatic eucalypts shelter many unusual plants from the southern hemisphere, such as the Chilean Flame Tree which is brilliant scarlet in June, and eucryphia, with its graceful white blooms in August.

Beautifully coloured and peeling Eucalyptus trunks can be seen in the Australasian arboretum.
Peeling bark on eucalyptus trees at Plas Newydd
Beautifully coloured and peeling Eucalyptus trunks can be seen in the Australasian arboretum.

Romantic rhododendrons

The secluded and peaceful Rhododendron Garden was planted in the 1930s with specimens recently introduced to the UK by plant hunters. It was then expanded by the 7th Marquess in the 1940s with wedding gifts of rhododendrons from Lord Aberconway at Bodnant. Alongside these venerable specimens you'll find also some stunning magnolias. The early blooming brings large splashes of welcome colour to the garden after the winter.

Visit the stunning Rhododendron Garden
Pink Rhododendron flowers in the garden at Plas Newydd
Visit the stunning Rhododendron Garden

Wildflower Meadow

It may be hard to believe now, but our 5 acre wildflower meadow started life as a rugby pitch!  Home to a huge variety of plant, insect and bird life, it includes four of our native orchid species; common spotted-orchid, northern marsh-orchid, southern marsh-orchid and the nationally rare greater butterfly-orchid, as well as many other meadow species. Awarded Coronation Meadow status, It really looks marvellous in early summer time.

Find the hidden views

Take a walk around the garden at Plas Newydd and discover a whole world of plants and trees with secluded spots to take a moment and enjoy the views.  There are two hides along the paths by the Menai Strait from which you are able to observe the varied birdlife, both in the woodland behind and along the shoreline.