Just down the Conwy valley the gardens at Bodnant are one of the best in the UK. Bodnant Gardens are situated above the River Hiraethlyn, a tributary of the river Conwy and look across the valley towards the Snowdonia range. Bodnant’s 99 acres of gardens were laid out around 100 years ago and are split into two parts. The upper part around the house consists of the Terrace Gardens whilst the lower part, known as ‘The Dell’, contains the Pinetum and wild Garden.
In March and April masses of daffodils and other spring bulbs make a very colourful display. Rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias are in bloom from March until the end of June while the famous Laburnum Arch is at its best at the end of May and at the beginning of June. During the summer months the Terrace Gardens are very colourful, with herbaceous borders, roses, water lilies and clematis. October brings wonderful autumnal colours, though the great collection of plants in the garden ensures colour and interest at all times of the year.