Plas Brondanw Gardens

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Plas Brondanw was given to Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1908 when he was 25 years old by his father. He set about creating the magnificent gardens that we have today. The gardens are situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, flanked by beautiful mountainous scenery. Whilst not has famous as his nearby Italianate Village of Portmeirion, Plas Brondanw Gardens, are regarded by some as his finest creation.

Indeed in 1971 he said “It is warming indeed to see the avenues that I then planted growing so flourishingly and the whole place maturing in ever increasing beauty”. The garden is constructed on an axis in line with the mountain known as Cnicht (locally referred to as the Welsh Matterhorn), with a Holm Oak tree many centuries old taking centre stage. The garden is constructed as a series of ‘rooms’ with a mixture of yew and box privet forming the architecture of the garden.

Outside the formal garden is a woodland garden leading up to Pentwr, a purpose built ruin on the hillside above Plas Brondanw looking toward the sea, a wedding present to Sir Clough from his fellow officers in the Welsh Guards.

Fact File

Opening Times: Café and Shop Easter to End of September, Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Other times payment via honesty box. Special events and tours can be arranged at any time subject to prior booking
Admission Rates: Please visit the website for up to date admission prices
Groups and Tours: Available subject to prior booking
Facilities: Café, Wedding Venue Hire, WC
Disabled Access: Disabled access within Plas Brondanw Gardens is limited because of the topography of the site. The long slate terrace is accessible by wheelchair, as is the café, shop and WC facilities. There are some disabled parking facilities opposite the entrance.
Coach Parking: Available, but please make prior arrangements.
Booking Contact: Mrs Lowri Jones, Gerrdi Plas Brondanw Gardens, Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6SW.
Telephone: 01766 772772
Location: Within the Snowdonia National Park, 5 miles from Porthmadog. LL48 6SW.

Updated: February 2024