Each year we try to save up for one annual pass to something that we can do with the kids. Last year we opted for Chester Zoo, it was great but it got a teeny bit boring and it didn’t feel like we could go all that much. This year we have gone with a National Trust pass.
Why? It’s cheaper. There are more places to go, different places to go and they are located right across the country. If we go camp somewhere or go on holiday around the country we can pretty much guarantee that there will be a National Trust venue nearby that we can spend a day at exploring.
We probably bought it at the beginning of the holidays and Sarah + the kids have ticked of 5 different National Trust places before we even arrived at Bodnant Gardens.
Bodnant Gardens is in the Conwy Valley, North Wales. It’s well, some gardens. Vast, expansive, exotic plans gathered from around the world by various explorers and replanted/grown within the grounds of a Georgian mansion house. (Read a bit about the history here)
Whilst some National Trust properties have undercover, wet weather options, Bodnant doesn’t really but that shouldn’t put you off and we slung our wet coats on marched on out.
As you head from the car into Bodnant, there’s a small cafe/restaurant (that is before the pay entrance) where you can grab a bite to eat and drink. The menu looked awesome but we’d fully packed a picnic so skipped on in through the main gates.
The staff were super helpful and full of info about the place. They handed the kids some great little nature trail tick boxes for them to search for on their walk round. KIDS LOVE A CHECK LIST.
My pictures don’t really do the place justice and the rain, well it rained a lot. We managed to have lunch on picnic bench and grab a quick instant coffee from a hut at the far end of the garden. It showered on and off for a while until it just POURED and then completely cleared! Crazy this August weather.
There are some incredible trees, we love the huge American Redwoods towering above the site, they’re magical. An array of colour, shapes and vibrancy all the way around keeps the adults entertained whilst waterfalls, stick floating and bridges keep the kids going too.
Towards the end of the walk we stopped for a quick haphazard, totally wrong way of playing croquet on the lawns outside. We played it kind of like hockey. I’m sure that’s not right ;)
All in all, a great place. We’re going to go back on a nicer day with friends and have an awesome picnic in the sunshine ;) That’s the plan anyway. :D
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