Perfect picnic spots in Wales
Whether you’d like a view of coast or countryside, or the garden of a magnificent mansion or castle, you’ll find the perfect place to eat al fresco in one of the many places we care for. From wooded parkland to Italian terraces and sweeping lawns discover where you can enjoy a picnic in Wales.
Top picnic spots in North Wales
- Bodnant Garden, Conwy
- With 80 acres of garden to explore a refreshment stop is a must, and there are plenty of places to unpack your picnic basket. Lay out a blanket in the sunshine of the Old Park meadow, seat yourselves by a rustic log table in the wooded Yew Dell or head for the picnic area beside the lake in the Far End.Visit Bodnant Garden
- Erddig, Wrexham
- You can enjoy a picnic in the pretty Orchard Car Park, beside the pond or out in Big Wood before you even enter the ticket office. Once inside the grounds there’s seating in the Midden Yard, in the Wolf’s Den natural play area and along the walled garden, lined with spring blossom or autumn fruit. If it’s sunny, why not bring a blanket and picnic on the great lawn?Visit Erddig
- Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Bangor
- After exploring the 19th century castle, railway museum and 60 acres of garden and grounds, the sweeping lawns are a perfect place to relax with a picnic. Enjoy breathtaking views over Conwy Bay and Snowdonia while young explorers run, roll and cartwheel nearby to their heart's content.Visit Penrhyn Castle and Garden
- Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey
- For stately surroundings, it's hard to beat Plas Newydd with its backdrop of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia’s mountains. Stroll through the ornate terrace gardens and wander along the garden paths to find your picnic spot. You may even see the resident red squirrels dining at their very own feeding stations.Visit Plas Newydd House and Garden
- Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula
- Relax on the sand outside a historic fishermen’s pub taking in the sights and sounds of the seaside. After lunch, you could dip your toes in the water or set off on a walk to explore the beautiful and wildlife rich Llŷn coastline. Or simply sit back and enjoy the picture postcard view.Visit Porthdinllaen
Top picnics in Mid Wales
- Powis Castle and Garden
- Perched high on a hillside, this medieval fortress looks down on world-famous Italian and French styled terraced gardens, filled with dramatic yew topiary and classical statues. There’s much to take in, and there are plenty of places to sit and picnic in the garden as you plan your visit or gather your thoughts.Visit Powis Castle and Garden
Top picnic spots in South Wales
- Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
- Explore the formal garden and wooded grounds, transformed from an industrial past into a haven of nature. You’ll be spoilt for choice for places to roll out your blanket with shaded woodland, sweeping meadows and the banks of trickling steams all competing for the perfect spot for you to enjoy your leisurely picnic.Visit Colby Woodland Garden
- Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire
- Earn your refreshment on the estate trail at Dolaucothi. This 3-to-4-hour walk takes you to the highest spot on the estate with the reward of spectacular views, and maybe a sighting of a red squirrel or pine marten on your journey. You'll find many other tranquil picnic spots around the car park and mines too but pre-booking is required to join a tour of the mines themselves.Visit Dolaucothi
- Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff
- These 55-acre gardens feature intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian Garden, several ponds, and an arboretum. Choose your spot on the great lawn to take in the display of colourful seasonal bedding – the perfect accompaniment to a good old-fashioned picnic.Visit Dyffryn Gardens
- The Kymin, Monmouthsire
- The grounds of this romantic Georgian round house, with its naval history, have always been popular with picnickers in times past, with famously lavish spreads. If you can’t fit the chandeliers in the boot, why not bring a period-inspired dish and recreate your own aristocratic culinary experience?Visit The Kymin
- Tredegar House, Newport
- The extensive wooded parkland, sweeping lawns and lake are the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Tredegar's grounds are popular with picnic lovers, or those who just want a moment of quiet and a breath of fresh air.Visit Tredegar House
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