The Rescue of the Gardens of Gwrych Castle

In the mid-1830s, Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, set about creating a new formal gardens at Gwrych Castle. The terrace was inspired by Queen Eleanor’s garden at Conwy Castle with raised medieval-style flower beds and battlements overlooking the Irish Sea. At the end of the garden, Lloyd constructed a conservatory which featured a cast-iron window designed by Thomas Rickman and a copy of the Water Tower from Rhuddlan Castle.

The garden was last used in the 1920s and slowly fell into neglect during the twentieth century. In 2014, Gwrych Castle Trust, began work to rescue Gwrych Castle and has completed the first phase of restoration during the spring of 2017.

Today, the gardens are regularly open to the public and our volunteers work tirelessly towards the next phase of restoration. There are five acres of gardens and grounds that are currently being restored for the enjoyment of the public. All dogs must be kept on leads at all times due to the peacocks and the use of herbicides in and around the gardens.

Help support the rescue by visiting, volunteering or donating to the project!


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