Adventures in North Wales don’t have to be all about adrenaline rushes and safety harnesses!
Although North Wales has built up a reputation for being something of a one stop shop for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of seductive corners of tranquillity to retreat to for a relaxing day off.
It can be possible to burn yourself out during a holiday, especially if you’ve committed yourself to a hectic schedule of activities and things to do. If you’re looking to plan a week long holiday in North Wales then you should consider slotting in at least one day where you and your family can actually relax. Pack a big picnic and bring a blanket along to enjoy a lovely breather in one of these peaceful gardens:
Treborth Botanic Garden
Set over 90 acres of land, Treborth Botanic Gardens is made up of 18 hectares of carefully managed gardens, six glasshouses of varying temperatures, 15 hectares of natural woodland and a 1 hectare orchard featuring a number of older trees and shrubs.
The land that the gardens currently sits on was the site of a number of developments including a 500-room hotel, a race course and even a Spa before being purchased by Bangor University in 1960. Today, it’s a quietly industrious research centre looking into everything from finding a Japanese knotweed remover to growing bigger apples!
There are only a handful of gardens in the UK that have been given the illustrious Grade I listing and Bodnant Gardens is one of them. Now owned by the National Trust, these gardens are a thing of beauty all year round but are arguably most eye-catching at the peak of Summer.
During these warmer months the five formal Italian terraces (designed at the turn of the 20th Century) are adorned with a mass of English Roses. Visit between July and October to see the floral displays at their very best, but bear in mind that the garden will be busier during this time. Entrance is £13.20 for adults and £6.60 for children.
Plas yn Rhiw
The history of this quaint 17th century building is quite the story. Plas yn Rhiw started out as a humble abode for John Lewis (whose family had descended from 9th century royalty), but over the centuries, passing through the descendants, it has turned into a grand manor house exhibiting architectural features going back over 300 years.
It’s thought that the bountiful gardens here were established in 1874, but it wasn’t until the arrival of the Keating sisters in 1939 that significant work was undertaken on both the house and the land. Their memory lives on in the carefully presented home that remains.
Whilst you’ll be able to delve into a rich family history indoors, the 18th century landscaped gardens provide a bit of fragrant respite for families and couples alike. Due to the popularity of the estate the National Trust are now running a timed-ticketed service, so it’s a good idea to to arrive early to avoid disappointment.