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Bangor, Gwynedd,
Wales, LL57 4HN

01248 353084



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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

NOTE for 2015: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
12th March - 30th Oct; Wed - Mon; 11am - 5pm,
1st Jul - 31st Aug; Wed - Mon; 10am - 5pm,

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

12th March - 30th Oct; Wed - Mon; 12am - 5pm 1st Jul - 31st Aug; Wed - Mon; 11am - 5pm

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Castle: adult £10 (£9), child £5 (£4.50), family £25 (£22.50).
Grounds and stable block: adult £6.60 (£6), child £3.50 (£3).
Spring gardens (February and March opening) (Standard Admission): adult £4, child free.
Christmas weekend (Standard Admission): adult £4, child free

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

3 seater staff-driven buggy can be pre-booked.

Garden Features & Events

19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds; Magnificent views over Snowdonia; Unique furniture collection and the best private art collection, in context, in Wales; Large gardens and grounds with formal Victorian walled garden; Dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground
'Castle and Quarry' - a fascinating permanent exhibition exploring Penrhyn's industrial past

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Ye Olde Bulls Head, Beaumaris

Inns & Pubs:

Ye Olde Bulls Head, Beaumaris Queen's Head, Glanwydden, SW. of Llandudno

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Bangor Victorian Pier

Description of Garden

The three astonishing elements of this garden are the extraordinary castle built on a heroic scale which acts as a backdrop to the large and varied collection of trees - Douglas Firs, redwoods, Pines, Holm oaks, firs, and native varieties and the collection of rare and tender plants that can be grown here courtesy of the mild climate generated by the Gulf Stream.

In the Walled Garden on the lower slopes below the castle are to found an astonishing variety of tender species, such as Lobster Claw, the florist's bloom, Pot jasmine, Lapageria and Decumaria, even the Cordyline indivisa and Magnolia macrophylla. At the foot of the slopes are huge clumps of giant rhubarb, gunnera, ferns, flax and bamboo standing in front of Holm oaks, Eucalyptus and purple maples.

History Of Garden

The immense castle was built for G. H. Dawkins between 1822 and 1838. It was visited by Queen Victoria, who planted a (still surviving) Wellingtonia there, in 1859. Many choice trees were planted by Dawkins, but when the Scottish forester and botanist, Angus Duncan Webster took over the care of the woodlands in 1880 he tried many new and untested varieties. The Victorian parterre, supervised by the Head Gardener, Walter Speed, one of the first recipients in 1897 of the RHS's premier award, the Victoria Medal of Honour, was replaced by a less formal and more flamboyant composition, including a loggia and fountains, by Lady Penryhn in the 1930s.