Tal-y-Cafn, Wales – Bodnant Garden Saturday 5 May 2018

As it is the bank holiday weekend and the weather is quite warm everyone appears to be out and about. Caravans and motorhome parks are full and the parking in the seaside towns is chaotic. We tried to visit Llandudno but could not find a park and then drove to Conwy and nearly lost the side mirror on the skinny town walls, we decided to visit Bodnant Gardens in the Snowdonia foothills instead. The gardens are run by the National Trust which we became members of before heading to the UK, so the entrance fee was free, saving us £29. The gardens are magical. The historic plant collections and myriad horticultural styles truly are amazing. The gardens consist of 80 acres of Italianate formal gardens, shrub filled glades, woodland and meadows and water gardens. Along the way we encountered the Old Mill and Poem mausoleum. The volunteers who are onsite were very helpful and the place is one of the best gardens I have visited.

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