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Visiting the garden at Penrhyn Castle

Belvedere structure overlooking the Bog Garden at Penrhyn Castle which contains the Giant Gunnera and some Fuschia flowering
A view of the Bog Garden in Penrhyn Castle | © National Trust Images/ John Miller

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.

Summer highlights in the garden

Our gardens are bursting with colours and scents in the summer. Stroll through the Walled Garden to find beautiful blooms including the flowering dogwood, the Indian bean tree and a variety of Eucryphia species. Enjoy the pond life as the dragonflies, newts and toads arrive on the top terrace at the beginning of summer. Further down, you'll also find our Fuschia Arch in bloom from June through to August so take a seat either end and take in the canopy of pink blooms. Down towards the Bog Garden, find the Giant Gunnera which adds to the wonder and fantastical element of the garden and provide incredible photo opportunity.

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 Eryri (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

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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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