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My Wales Holiday Part 2 – Bodnant Garden

Welcome back to my little Wales mini-break! In the first part I visited Dolwyddelan Castle. That was actually an unscheduled stop – I saw a sign marked “Castle”, hit the brakes and swung into the car park (rather too fast considering the cattle grid just inside the entrance).

I then continued northwards to my planned destination – a National Trust property called Bodnant Garden. A bit pricey, but since I’m a National Trust member, I got in for free!

It was a lovely day and the place was packed – I was in the overflow overflow car park I think.

Bodnant Garden

I had trouble picking just a few pictures, so there are quite a few here!

Bodnant Garden

The place is pretty big, and includes a big house/stately home as well as the gardens.

Bodnant Garden

As well as the ponds, there was also a little river complete with baby waterfall!

Bodnant Garden

As well as the perfectly kept garden area, there was also quite a wild area to walk through.

Bodnant Garden

And finally, a couple of snaps I couldn’t resist adding. The place was so packed I couldn’t help getting a few people in the pictures.

Bodnant Garden

After getting comprehensively ripped off in the obligatory gift shop (I couldn’t go home without goodies for the family) I headed back to the hotel. As if the roads weren’t small enough, there were some pretty comprehensive road works to contend with. I picked up one or two Welsh words but unbelievably (considering how often I saw it), the Welsh for “Traffic Control Ahead” didn’t fix itself in my mind.

For dinner that night I had asparagus wrapped in bacon with a cheese sauce for starter followed by Cajun chicken with home-made chips (“chips” as in French fries). After that I was pretty stuffed but I managed a selection of cheese with biscuits, grapes and chutney for dessert (there’s always room for cheese). There were also celery sticks which I ignored. As all the world knows, celery is the devil’s food.

Tomorrow I’m off for a walk in a forest park!

  1. Gilraen
    June 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Very pretty garden and I have to admit the dinner does not sound shabby either. Have to look up the asparagus in bacon thing. Sounds too good not to try

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    • June 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      It was 4 pieces of asparagus tied together with very thin bacon, or possibly it was warmed cured ham – it was crunchy and delicious!

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  2. June 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Can you imagine housekeeping? And gardening? Goodness me, I’d still be washing down all the floors in that place by sundown…oh, that would be the minions. I forgot.

    Love the pictures of the gardens and the flowers! How is the weather right now? It all looks so beautiful and I love everything you just ate for dinner. Asparagus wrapped in bacon with cheese sauce seems to fulfill all food groups right there!

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    • June 29, 2013 at 3:46 am

      The place is probably crawling with an army of housekeeping minions! I was very lucky with the weather – it allowed me to see the gardens at their best.
      I guess the asparagus starter did have pretty much everything in it!

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      • June 29, 2013 at 3:55 am

        They are beautiful shots, that’s for sure! Definitely would have purchased a lot of souvenirs at the gift shop myself!

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  3. June 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Oh haha yes.. celery sticks deserve no friendliness!

    Gorgeous shots!

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    • June 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      I’ll eat most stuff if it’s on the plate but celery? No.
      Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  4. June 19, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Gorgeous photos. You evidently managed to see a little more of the gardens than we did on this occasion. I love it down in the wild area, and Dell where the old mill and Poem Mausoleum are. I’m glad you had great weather, too. It was nice and sunny for us on the day we went, unlike the rest of the week! Our photos of Caernarfon are pretty bleak.

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    • June 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      It was hot (yes, hot!) and sunny all day. A beautiful place to visit. That was the best of the days while I was in Wales, so I was lucky to choose that day to go.

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      • June 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm

        I expected rain every day – it always seems to rain when we’re in Wales. I can’t say it was really hot for us, but it was the most pleasant of our days so far. Like you, I know only too well what the ‘wet west’ is like. But I’ve become used to the drier eastern side for many now. They’ve recently opened up big new area at Bodnant, which we didn’t get to either, this week. There’s always a next time. though.

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      • June 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

        Sounds nice. I hope to go back one day, but it would have to be another holiday. A six hour drive is hardly a day trip.
        Or is it…?
        Um, no, at my age it’s not 🙂 I can’t believe that for one moment I was actually considering it!

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      • June 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        No, hardly a day trip from Cornwall, or Lincoln, come to that! Another holiday, I think. 🙂 There’s so much to see in North Wales. A week wouldn’t be enough for all the places I love. I could spend weeks in Sowdonia for a start. That’s before I start on the Great Orm and Anglesey. 🙂

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