The Original Garden Visitor's Guide


Historic Erddig is a rare surviving example of early 18th century formal garden design in the Dutch style. Prior to the 1970s, parts of this Grade I Historic Garden were lost beneath a rampant blanket of woody weeds, brambles and trees. However in March 1973 Philip Yorke passed the 2,000-acre (809-hectare) estate and house, which had been his family's ancestral home for almost 250 years, to the National Trust and they began a sympathetic and thoughtful restoration. At the time it was the largest garden restoration the National Trust had ever undertaken and they were guided by a garden plan drawn by Thomas Badeslade in 1739.

Today, Erddig's 13-acre (5.2-hectare) garden restoration is complete. Gravelled walkways cut crisply through close-mown turf planted with lines of pleached limes Tilia x euchlora, clipped Portuguese laurel, variegated hollies and Irish yew cones. There is also a broad canal and pool and orchards containing varieties of fruit dating back to 1718. The Yorke family continued to add ornamental features to the garden throughout the 19th-century. South of the Canal Walk is the Victorian Flower Garden, where climbing roses and clematis clamber along looping swags above colourful bulbs and herbaceous plantings. Other Victorian additions include a parterre with lichen-covered fountain, further rose gardens, ornamental trees and shrubs and borders planted with colourful bedding schemes.

Fact File

Opening Times: Garden and outbuildings open all year, except for Christmas day. Please check website for details as house opening times vary throughout the season.
Group Rates: We welcome group bookings and offer a variety of private and special interest tours. Minimum group size is 15 and prices start at £6.80 for garden and outbuildings.
Facilities: Free parking, 200 yards and coach park for 3 coaches; tea-room and restaurant; gift shop and plant sales
Special Events: Varied programme of events including Easter and Christmas trails, outdoor theatre and annual month-long apple celebration in autumn.
Disabled Access: Designated mobility parking in main car park, 75 yards; grounds - partly accessible, grass, loose gravel paths and slopes; drop-off point at 'Coach Halt'; adapted toilet facilities; House has ramped entrance and access across rough gravel, lower ground floor accessible and stairs to other floors; three wheelchairs available; induction loop in ticket office, restaurant and shop; virtual tour available in house; lift access to Hayloft Restaurant.
Toilets: Yes.
Coach/Car Parking: Yes.
Length of Visit: Half Day
Booking Contact:
Tel No: 01978 355314
Location: Country park is located on edge of Wrexham town with brown signs along the A483 and on the A525 from Marchwiel.

Updated 14/12/2017

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