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Family days out at Bodnant Garden

Two children enjoy a walk through the pergola with the Pin Mill behind
Family time spent on the terraces at Bodnant Garden | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

With 80 acres to explore, there’s plenty of space for families to enjoy some quiet time together at Bodnant Garden. Spend a few hours enjoying the beauty and nature that the different areas of the garden have to offer throughout the year.

Family looking at the Lily Pond at Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales
Enjoy a family day out | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Explore the garden together this summer

Bodnant Garden is the perfect place to get the whole family together outside during the summer months. With formal terraces for tranquil moments, lush lawns, wildflower meadows and shaded woodland all in one place, it has something for everyone.

Whether you’re spending a whole day or an hour or two, there’s always something new to discover. Head through the Old Park wildflower meadow and the Yew Dell down to the river Hiraethlyn and see if you can spot the dippers feeding their young alongside majestic herons and a variety of other visiting wild fowl.

Pack a picnic lunch

Enjoy a picnic by the Willow Maze and head alongside the river to the Old Mill, stopping for an ice cream before making your way back up to the Canal Terrace for a family photo and a tranquil moment to enjoy the dragonflies and damselflies dancing above the lilies in the pond.

Children eating ice cream in the garden at Polesden Lacey, Surrey
Enjoy a treat from the Dell Kiosk | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Plan your visit

  • There are toilets and baby changing facilities located next to the car park, behind the Pavilion tea-room and down by the Kiosk in The Dell.
  • There are some steep areas in the garden and many paths have steps. If you’re using a pram or buggy during your visit, ask one of the team in the Visitor Welcome Building when you arrive for a map which has step-free routes clearly marked.
  • Children’s lunch boxes are available from the Pavilion and Magnolia cafes.
Lilies in summer at Bodnant Garden, Colwyn Bay, Wales

Discover more at Bodnant Garden

Find out when Bodnant Garden is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

Two visitors sat eating sandwiches outside the cafe at Gibside Tyne & Wear.

Eating at Bodnant Garden 

Enjoy delicious refreshments at Bodnant Garden’s tea-rooms all year round or from the riverside kiosk down in The Dell.

Enjoying a walk around the grounds

Visiting Bodnant Garden with your dog 

With 80 acres to explore, there’s a walk to suit everyone. From 1 April to the end of September, dogs are welcome on short leads (not extendable) every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find out more about bringing your dog to Bodnant Garden here.

The Lower Rose Terrace at Bodnant Garden, North Wales, photographed in early June. Beyond is the Canal Terrace with its lake and the Pin Mill. Planting includes roses and Alliums.

Things to see at Bodnant Garden 

Visit a world-class garden in Wales at Bodnant Garden and enjoy 80 acres of formal gardens, woodland and meadows and botanical collections from around the globe.