Overview

Described as one of North Wales’ best kept secrets is Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens.

Situated at the side of the Menai Strait, hidden from view near to Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey.

In 1996, the present owner bought the 200 acre Plas Cadnant Estate and work began on the restoration of the historic garden and grounds. Since then large parts of the gardens have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been restored to their former glory.

Three different gardens have been discovered, including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19th-century folly.

Work started on restoring the gardens and grounds in 1997. This was a huge undertaking as large areas had not been maintained for over seventy years and restoration work has now been ongoing for over 20 years. As restoration and development continues, it is our pleasure to share this piece of paradise.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Open 12pm to 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in April and October.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in May and September.

Tuesday to Friday, and Sundays from June to August.

Opening
Opening

2020

Open 12pm to 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in April and October.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in May and September.

Tuesday to Friday, and Sundays from June to August.

Find Us
Find us

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens are 5 minutes from the A55 Bangor to Holyhead road, situated just outside Menai Bridge, off the A545 to Beaumaris.

Please follow the brown tourist signs and it is then a half a mile drive from the gate lodge to the Hidden Gardens where ample parking is available.

The nearest railway station is Bangor. There are regular bus services between Bangor and Menai Bridge or taxis are available.

Taxi

Chubbs Taxi Service 01248 353535

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Accommodation

As soon as you walk through the door of your chosen cottage you won't fail to be delighted by the immaculate condition and warm ambience of your accommodation.

Real oak beams and doors, local slate floors and your very own sumptuous four-poster bed. This is the perfect place for you to relax and rejuvenate. Key to the unmistakable atmosphere, style and elegance of the cottages at Plas Cadnant is the unpretentious and careful choice of quality fabrics, furnishings, modern kitchen equipment and bathroom fittings and furniture. For convenience all fuel is included in all our Country Cottages and logs are included in the Garden Cottage and Coach House.

Our cottages have ample, convenient parking immediately outside each cottage and our on-site Manager is available to assist you and to answer any questions that you may have during your stay.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Open 12pm to 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in April and October.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in May and September.

Tuesday to Friday, and Sundays from June to August.

Opening
Opening

2020

Open 12pm to 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in April and October.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in May and September.

Tuesday to Friday, and Sundays from June to August.

Find Us
Find us

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens are 5 minutes from the A55 Bangor to Holyhead road, situated just outside Menai Bridge, off the A545 to Beaumaris.

Please follow the brown tourist signs and it is then a half a mile drive from the gate lodge to the Hidden Gardens where ample parking is available.

The nearest railway station is Bangor. There are regular bus services between Bangor and Menai Bridge or taxis are available.

Taxi

Chubbs Taxi Service 01248 353535

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome

Other opening

The Plas Cadnant Gardens are part of the Estate's ongoing restoration project. Extending to nearly ten acres, the garden has three distinct areas: The large 'Walled Garden', The 'Valley Garden' with its waterfalls and The 'Upper Woodland Garden'.

The gardens adjacent to the cottages are open to the general public on certain days.

Season tickets

Our ever-popular Season Tickets are priced at £22, which are valid for 12 months from date of purchase and are valid on all our public open days*.

*except the last Wednesday in April when we open for the National Gardens Scheme (Yellow Book). We ask that our season ticket holders pay for admission on this day as all admissions are donated by us to support the Yellow Book charities.

Tea room

Our tea room is situated within the Gardens and is available to garden visitors during the opening times. We serve light lunches until 2.30pm, silver pots of tea, freshly brewed coffee and a selection of homemade cakes and scones with jam and cream. Last orders usually 4.30pm.


Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens's history and features

Three different gardens have been discovered, including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19c. folly.

Restoration

The first stage was to rescue the house and lodges, and to carefully restore the outbuildings and gardener's cottage using traditional techniques and materials; these are now let as holiday accommodation to provide some supporting income.

Work started on restoring the gardens and grounds in 1997, this was a huge undertaking as large areas had not been maintained for over seventy years. In 1998 the area immediately behind the main house became a ‘herb garden’. The following year the sheltered courtyard between the cottages was planted as a garden.

History

Gardening essentially began at Cadnant in 1804 when John Price chose a highly scenic position for his new georgian house, the walled garden was used as a kitchen garden and orchard, and the pleasure grounds had their path systems. The estate continued well maintained under the Price’s until after the First World War. In 1928 the estate was split and sold to various owners.

The penultimate owner was a keen gardener and plant enthusiast but had to contend with dwindling staff, resources and energies, the areas maintained were reduced to a small area around the main house and a small section in a corner of the walled garden.

The present owner has been restoring the estate and gardens since 1996, by this time the gardens had been long neglected and almost completely overgrown with sizeable self-sown tree seedlings, cherry laurel and ponticum.

The Future

It is our intention, as restoration and development continues, to open the gardens to more visitors, as it is our pleasure to share this piece of paradise with the many people that share our aspirations for the future of this beautiful valley.


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