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Visiting the garden at Penrhyn Castle

Rhododendron blooming in front of Penrhyn Castle.
Rhododendron in flower at Penrhyn Castle, Wales | © ©National Trust Images/Gwenno Parry

Like the castle itself, Penrhyn’s gardens are extensive and offer something for everyone. Make sure you pack your sense of adventure and expect the unexpected.

Spring highlights in the garden

Spring is spectacular at Penrhyn Castle. Upon arrival, enjoy the scene of the cherry blossom as the beautiful Sakura Circle found growing at the Grand Lodge announces the arrival of springtime in its third year of blossom. Our formal gardens are sure to bring a smile to your face as nature wakes up. Rhododendrons, Camelia, and Azalea adorn the pathways and walled gardens and the Wisteria, Sakura trees and the Handkerchief tree mean the spring blossom can also be admired from below as well. Bright tulips arrive in April, planted in the Top Terrace and along the Fuschia Arch.

Fun for all the family

No matter what the weather, there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy outdoors connecting with nature. From birdwatching to walking, running to simply taking a big breath in.

The Bog Garden

Monstrous Gunnera plants dominate the jungle like Bog Garden. Lose yourself amongst its leaves during the spring and summer or head up to the lookout point by the thatched hut for an elevated view.

The Walled Garden

Peace and tranquillity can be found in the precise topiary, geometric lines, symmetric ponds and meticulous planting of the Walled Garden. Here, Walter Speed’s 19th-century vision for one of Britain’s top three gardens of the time can really be appreciated.

Picnic with a view at Penrhyn

With views over Conwy Bay and Snowdonia, the unfussy lawns at Penrhyn are a perfect spot for a picnic. Young explorers can run, roll and cartwheel to their heart's content.

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.

The front of the castle and gardens face Snowdonia and have far reaching views of Carnedd Llewelyn peak on a clear day.

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

Visitor looking at the mountains of Snowdonia from Penrhyn Castle's garden at sunset

Discover more at Penrhyn Castle and Garden

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

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Visit the Castle Café for delicious lunches and tempting cakes whilst the shop offers a range of locally sourced gifts. Browse the second-hand books for a bargain.