Upton Castle's historic listed gardens offer an oasis of peace and tranquillity within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The privately owned gardens of 35 acres were planted in 1927 and offer a spectacular collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias set in a small wooded valley of ancient oak and ash which leads down to Upton Creek on the tidal estuary of the river Cleddau. In the central area of the gardens surrounding the castle, there are traditional herbaceous borders, the walled kitchen garden and the rose garden as well as the 12th century chapel, the subject of a 'Time Team' programme.
In early Spring the woodlands are carpeted with snowdrops and many daffodils. The magnificent Magnolia campbelli (one of the 18 champion trees at Upton) and Magnolia sargentii are in full bloom as are various species of rhododendrons and camellias. In April and May, drifts of wild flowers, including acres of bluebells, abound and the rhododendrons are spectacular as is the Davidii involucrata (Handkerchief Tree) and the enormous Drymis winterii. Other rare magnolias and camellias are also at their best now. In summer, the roses and the herbaceous borders are at their peak and the walled vegetable garden at its most productive. The arboretum with many examples of mature rare trees offers interest throughout the year. Conifers include Cunninghamia, Podocarpus and Sciadopitys. Favorite deciduous trees include Fagus sylvatica heterophylla and the enormous Liriodendron tulipfera.
Opening times: From 10am to 5.00 daily from 1st April to 31st October.
Admission rates: Adults £6.50, Children 16 and under £1.50. Season Ticket £20 or couple £28.
Please note the castle is not open to the public.
Group visits: Groups of over 12 by prior arrangement. Guided tour included with entrance fee. Home made scones and teas available prior arrangement essential.
Facilities: Picnic areas. Holiday cottage on edge of creek available to rent. See website.
Disabled access: Limited. Parking next to castle. Electric buggy and wheel chair available free if pre booked.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car/Coach Parking: Free. Coaches must be pre-booked and drivers given special instructions.
Length of visit: One and a half hours plus.
Booking contact: Prue Barlow, Upton Castle Gardens, Cosheston, Pembrokeshire. SA72 4SE.
Telephone: 01646 689996
Location: 1 mile north of the A477 between Carew and Pembroke Dock. Follow brown signs. Coaches must go via village of Cosheston.