Plas Brondanw

Gardens considered by some to be Clough Williams-Ellis's most important creation.

Llanfrothen, near Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6SW

Plas Brondanw in Gwynedd, Wales

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Free admission to members of Historic Houses when you show a valid membership card.
Free admission to members of Historic Houses when you show a valid membership card.
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Parkland / open spaces
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Surrounded by mountain peaks, Plas Brondanw is one of the best-kept secrets in North Wales. Although less well known than his village and gardens at Portmeirion, the Grade I listed gardens of Plas Brondanw are nevertheless considered by many to be Clough Williams-Ellis’ most important creation. Sir Clough created a unique and distinctive garden landscape that provides a series of superb views and romantic prospects set within Snowdonia National Park.

The gardens are laid out as a series of enclosed rooms, linked by axial views leading to distant peaks. Within the garden rooms, pieces of sculpture are carefully arranged. Inspired by the gardens of Renaissance Italy, strong architectural influences are evident within the gardens; stone walls, topiary, pools, fountains and avenues of trees lead the eye to the dramatic backdrop of the mountains beyond. Other features include a woodland walk with several ‘eye-catchers’ set at the end of beautiful avenues of trees, a cascade and a pool built into a disused quarry. The walk concludes at a folly tower, built to honour Williams-Ellis’s marriage in 1915, offering impressive 360° views of the surrounding mountains and sea.

Oriel Brondanw is an art gallery and cultural centre, located within the Plas Brondanw house, hosting exhibitions, residencies and workshops by new and recognised artists as well as literary, music and other art-oriented events. A charming café serves homemade food, using local produce in a relaxing atmosphere between April and September. All proceeds and donations go towards maintaining the gardens.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Gardens: 10:00 – 16:00, Monday – Sunday , year round. Please use honesty box if visiting when cafe is closed.

Cafe: 10:00 – 15:45, Tuesday – Sunday from Easter to the end of September.

Plas (House): 10:30 – 16:30, Wednesday – Sunday, year round excluding Christmas and New Year Bank holidays.

No pre-booking required. Historic Houses members simply bring your membership cards.


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Standard Entry: £5.00

Gift Aid Entry: £5.50

Children Under 16: £1.00

Group Visits

Please email us for more details on group visits.

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  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
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Getting here

Llanfrothen, near Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6SW


Please use the postcode, LL48 6SW, when driving. Plas Brondanw Gardens are located within the Snowdonia National Park near the village of Garreg Llanfrothen, off A4085, between
Penrhyndeudraeth and Beddgelert on the road to Croesor, 5 miles from Poerthmadog. Please follow the brown signs.

Public Transport

Local buses are available to and from Porthmadog and Beddgelert.

Plas Brondanw garden lodge in Wales

Plas Brondanw, Llanfrothen

Adeiladwyd Plas Brondanw gan deulu Clough Williams-Ellis tua 1550. Rhoddwyd y tŷ iddo gan ei dad yn 1908. “Er mwyn Brondanw y gweithiais mor galed” ysgrifennodd, “er mwyn y lle hwn yr oeddwn yn gobeithio elwa yn y pen draw”.

Er nad yw mor adnabyddus â’i bentref a’i erddi ym Mhortmeirion, mae gerddi Brondanw, serch hynny, yn cael eu hystyried gan lawer fel creadigaeth bwysicaf Clough Williams-Ellis. Mae’r holl elw a’r rhoddion yn mynd yn uniongyrchol tuag at y gost o gynnal a chadw’r ardd.

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Plas Brondanw sculpture with hose

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