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PLAS BRONDANW

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Llanfrothen
Penrhyndeudraeth
Gwynedd
LL48 6SW

On A4085, between Beddgelert & Penrhyndeudraeth. Follow brown signs.

3.5 acres

Tel
01766 772772

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily, 10am–4pm (cafe open Apr–Sep).

Admission

Non-member adult £5.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Refreshments

Features

  • Organic management

About the garden

Owned by
Kimberley Davison

Surrounded by mountain peaks, Plas Brondanw is one of the best-kept secrets in North Wales. Although less well known than his village and gardens at Portmeirion, the Grade I listed gardens of Plas Brondanw are nevertheless considered by many to be Clough Williams-Ellis’ most important creation. Sir Clough created a unique and distinctive garden landscape that provides a series of superb views and romantic prospects set within Snowdonia National Park.

The gardens are laid out as a series of enclosed rooms, linked by axial views leading to distant peaks. Within the garden rooms, pieces of sculpture are carefully arranged. Inspired by the gardens of Renaissance Italy, strong architectural influences are evident within the gardens; stone walls, topiary, pools, fountains and avenues of trees leading the eye to the dramatic backdrop of the mountains beyond. Other features include a woodland walk with several 'eye-catchers' set at the end of beautiful avenues of trees, a cascade and pool built into a disused quarry. The walk concludes at a folly tower, built to honour Williams-Ellis's marriage in 1915, offering impressive 360° views of the surrounding mountains and sea.

Oriel Brondanw is an art gallery and cultural centre, located within the Plas Brondanw house, hosting exhibitions, residencies and workshops by new and recognised artists as well as literary, music and other art-oriented events. A charming café serves home-made food, using local produce in a relaxing atmosphere between April and September. All proceeds and donations go towards maintaining the gardens.

Plants of special interest

  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Topiary

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.