Gardens of North Wales
- No fly
- Half board
See the famous gardens of North Wales
Explore some of the hidden gardens of North Wales to see beautifully restored historic landscaping schemes and plantings, on three full day excursions visiting six gardens. Enjoy briefings and in-house talks by your expert host.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Cancellation rights
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Six visits
The Dunoon Hotel, Gloddaeth Street, Llandudno, LL30 2DW
The Dunoon Hotel (3Q) is a handsome building offering a traditional welcome in the Victorian resort of Llandudno – perfect for exploring the stunning scenery and attractions of North Wales.
The hotel has 48 traditionally-furnished bedrooms. Most are on landings with a lift but some only accessible by stairs. Superior rooms are available for a supplement – please call for details.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Look forward to dining in the hotel's oak panelled dining room. The restaurant serves locally sourced food wherever possible, including fresh fish from Llandudno, cheeses from Blas Ar Fwyd and meat from the Conwy Valley. You can also relax with a drink in the Welsh Dresser Bar.
The seaside town of Llandudno lies on the Creuddyn Peninsula and was dubbed the ‘Queen of Resorts’ in 1864. Its tradition and heritage are preserved and here you’ll still find a pier, Punch and Judy shows and, in season, donkey rides. It’s a haven for wildlife and the limestone cliffs are home to an enormous number of nesting seabirds, including cormorants, guillemots, shags and puffins. There are plenty of boat trips which, weather permitting, will allow you to get a closer view. You can also ride the longest passenger cable car system in the UK, which runs form Happy Valley to the summit of Great Orme, for panoramic views of the town and coastline.
Out and about
Llandudno is not far from Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia, the coastal village of Rhos-on-Sea, the historic town of Llanrwst, Towyn and Deganwy. In this area you’lll find a wealth of historic churches and castles, where you can learn about historic struggle between the Welsh princes and the Kings of England, travel on steam train lines, and explore nature reserves where the landscape and its endemic plants and wildlife are preserved.
Your gardens programme
Enjoy three full day excursions visiting five gardens:
Bodnant: Created over 150 years, by five generations of the same family, Bodnant Garden stretches over 80 acres of hillside in the the Snowdonia foothills, it was handed over to the care of the National Trust in 1949. Look out for the Italianate gardens, the rose garden, the gorge garden and National collections of Rhododendron, Magnolia, Eucryphia and Embothrium. There are some superb tree specimens and many plants were sourced by Edwardian plant hunters. Here you’ll also find the famous 55-metre-long laburnum walkway which, weather permitting, should just be in bloom.
Plas Cadnant: This recently restored garden lying on Anglesey and overlooking the Menai Straits, has a history dating back over 200 years. Like the Lost Gardens of Heligan it had fallen into ruin after World War II, but Antony Tavernor, who purchased the 200-acre estate in 1996 has been determined to return it to its former glories. His work has uncovered three distinct areas; a walled garden, a valley garden and an upper woodland garden which were laid out in the aesthetic ‘picturesque’ style of landscape designer Humphry Repton.
Dibleys Nurseries and Arboretum Garden: This famous nursery has taken 28 RHS Gold Medals at Chelsea and is known for its cultivation of Streptocarpus, a tender plant from the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa. The National Collection of Streptocarpus can be found here and you can also explore a 10-acre arboretum to see unusual trees and shrubs.
Nantclwyd y Dre: Visit Wales’ oldest timbered town house in Ruthin, Denbighshire, which dates back to 1435. The Grade II listed garden, which once supplied the nearby castle with fruit, has been extensively renovated to reflect how it would have looked in the 17th century and is home to fritillaries, old roses and lilies.
Portmeirion: Visit this Italianate village, designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, an experience akin to being beamed from North Wales to Tuscany in a moment. Clough played with proportion and scale to create this unique masterpiece which served as the location of Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner. He acquired the site on the Dwyryd estuary in 1925 and spent the next 51 years completing it, creating gardens that complimented his vision and utilising the natural beauty of the landscape to enhance and veil the village.
Plas Brondanw Gardens: Clough Williams-Eilis inherited the family home in 1908 at the tender age of 25. He worked on the design of the gardens throughout his lifetime, investing every penny he could spare to create terraces, lay yew hedging, create garden rooms, and cultivate topiary.