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Group and school visits to Bodnant Garden

Visitors exploring the Bodnant Garden, Wales
Come to Bodnant Garden to discover more together | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

With year-round colour, the garden can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's a hive of activity or a haven of tranquility and relaxation, Bodnant Garden is a special place for all ages to enjoy.

Bringing a group to Bodnant Garden

Groups and coach parties will love discovering the garden’s more formal areas of this Grade 1 listed garden including the five terraces.

For those who want to venture a little further, there’s the Dell, one of the best places to enjoy the views from the Waterfall Bridge. A self-led visit to the garden allows individuals to spend time in whatever area interests them most.

A group of school children walking down a path near Bosherston Lakes at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Go on an outdoor adventure with your class at Bodnant Garden | © National Trust Images / Trevor Ray Hart

Educational visits to Bodnant Garden

Why not bring your class or year group on a self-led visit to the garden? With 80 acres to explore, and a wealth of wildlife and nature to spot no matter what the season. If you would like to book your visit, please contact us at bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust places. You can learn more about the membership here.

A group of visits are seen on a path walking through Bodnant Garden in Wales
A group of visitors exploring the garden | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Information for groups

Opening times

The garden, Pavilion Tea-room, Magnolia Café and Dell kiosk open at varying times throughout the year. Please visit our homepage to view all opening times.

Prices

Groups must have a minimum of 15 people to qualify for group rate entry prices. Normal admission rates apply for groups fewer than 15 people and prices can be found on our homepage.

Adult group rate entry price for 1 March 2024 to 28 February 2025 is £15.20.

Coach drivers receive free entry plus a voucher for 1 x free tea or coffee (this offer does not apply to educational group bookings).

Coach parking

We have free coach parking available on site, located near to the Pavilion Tea-room. Once your group is booked into our diary for their visit, we will also reserve a coach parking space for your arrival time should you require.

On arrival at the garden, please ask your driver to pull into the ‘drop off’ zone immediately to the left of the entrance to the car park. You will then be met by one of our team who will welcome your group to Bodnant Garden and offer maps of the garden. Your group can then proceed to the visitor centre to enter the garden at their own pace.

Wheelchairs

There are six manual wheelchairs and 2 walkers that are available for use on a first come first served basis. These cannot be booked in advance. We do not have golf cart type buggies to take visitors round the Garden as the terrain is unsuitable. If you would like more information on accessibility at Bodnant Garden, please see the accessibility section on our main webpage.

Eating and shopping

The Pavilion Tea-room, Magnolia Cafe and Dell Kiosk are all run by the National Trust and opening times change throughout the year. It is not generally possible to pre-book catering or reserve tables for groups but if you have any specific requests, please let us know.

Please note that Bodnant Garden Centre and craft centre adjacent is separate to the garden and does not belong to the National Trust.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Get in touch about bringing a group to Bodnant Garden

Drop us an email at bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01492 650460 to talk to us about booking a group visit.

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