Tal-y-Cafn Travel Guide

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  • Blooming Bodnant

    Garden enthusiasts will love these beautiful gardens - one of the finest in Europe if not the world. Situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping to the south-west the gardes have a lovely aspect across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.They are owned by the National Trust and are open from Mid March to October. There is a cafe and toilets...

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  • Water Feature

    On the way down from the formal gadens to the wild gardens at the bottom of the dell you will come across little water features like this one in the pic. It was strange because the stones were slanted backwards, causing the water to back up and then eventually flow down the little steps.

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  • Dell gardens

    At the bottom of the dell gardens is this lovely old rustic cottage and little stone bridge over the river....hmmm not so sure I'd like to sit on it though, looks like it could crumble into the water below!

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  • Stepping Stones

    Across the little river, just before the warterfall are some stepping stones. Everybody loves crossing over here and you also get a good view down to the little waterfall.

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  • View from Waterfall

    ..and this is the view just before the bridge over the waterfall. A little girl is being coaxed by her dad to cross over on the stepping stones.

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  • Fountain

    There are some fountains in the garden too - this one looks simple but a closer inspection shows that its quite intricate with the fish tails wrapped around its stand.

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  • Egyptian Statue?

    Some of the statues seem to have an egyptian look about them. This one reminded me of one of the water fountains in Villa d'Este in Tivoli Italy, which we visited a couple of months earlier - guess where the water sprang from!

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  • Statues

    Just by the canal there is this lovely statue of a little boy holding a goose. I just loved the way the water trickled from its beak and splashed down onto his foot.

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  • Pin Mill

    The pin mill reflected in the canal in the lower terrace of the formal gardends is a popular part of the garden with its statutes and terraces too.

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  • Formal Gardens

    The lawns stretch out from the house, with beautiful trees. Some have seats around them, making for a pleasant place to rest a while and drink the views n.

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  • Waterfall

    At the base of the valley garden, down in the dell, you will discover a still pool, water rushing over rocks and a waterfall with a bridge over it. This is a popular place to take a photo in the gardens.

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  • Laburnum Arch

    The laburnum arch is a 55 metre long tunnel and is one of the main attractions of the garden in early summer. It is just to the left of the main entrance, and normally flowers from from late May to early June, when it is a mass of yellow blooms .Probably more towards early June is best - the Bodnant laburnum is pruned so that it does not flower...

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  • Top Terrace

    Before you start exploring the gardens just take time to admire the view across the Conwy Valley to the hills of Snowdonia from the top terrace just below the Hall.

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  • Bodnant Hall Close up

    Here's a closer view of Bodnant Hall.Has some interesting architectural shapes to admire externally. Must be an amazing place to live and look out onto these gardens all year round with their seasonal colours

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  • Bodnant Hall

    Bodnant Hall, built 1792, is the family home of the Aberconways - 4 generations of which had designs on the gardens. Unfortunately it is not open to the public - but really the 80 acres of gardens will captivate you anyway. Still it is a great setting for the gardens with the lawns sweeping down from the house.

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  • Relaxing

    Just strolling around the gardens or having a quiet sit on a shady bench just drinking in the colour.

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  • Colours of the Rainbow I

    A lasting memory was the riot of colour in the gardens. The flowers were all the colours of the rainbow so the next few tips are just pics that will will speak for themselves.

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  • Bodnant Gardens

    These beautiful italinate terraced and woodland garden are set in the hills of Snowdonia. Edward Milner helped with the design, establishing a link with Joseph Paxton and JC Loudon. The colours really are spectacular with the array of camelias, rhodendrons, and azaleas especially.

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