Painting Courses

September 2020

Run by Royal Cambrian Academy artists in the stunning grounds of Plas Cadnant, Anglesey

9th & 10th September with John Hedley

An exciting opportunity to explore the beautiful, varied spaces within the grounds of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens. A Special experience where you will be given access to private parts of the garden not usually open to the public. Working with diverse artists, with different approaches and experiences of viewing landscape. The first course is with John Hedley. You will experiment with paint using the landscape as your inspiration. Workshops are all outside, however there are places of shelter if needed. Café on site for lunch and refreshments.

Fee for 1 day £60; 2 days £120. Times 11am – 5pm

A materials list will be given on booking. Guidelines for Covid-19 safety will also be given on booking.

Booking is essential. Call 01492 593413

If you have any queries, or to book a place email [email protected]

RCA Opening hours Thursday to Saturday 11am – 4pm

RCA              English title

Gardens now open to the public (no need to book)

The team at Plas Cadnant are pleased to announce that as of Tuesday 7th of July the gardens will be open to visitors from 12noon to 5pm, while the Tearoom will be temporarily offering a limited takeaway menu for garden visitors. We will be encouraging card payments in the Visitor Centre and Tearoom.

There will be social distancing measures in place which we ask all visitors to respect and follow to keep everyone safe. We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully applied for the We’re Good To Go Industry Standard who are satisfied that we are indeed good to go.

We will be reviewing our measures regularly and will welcome visitor feedback to help our decision-making during this time.

We hope you have all been keeping well and we look forward to welcoming you back to Plas Cadnant.


Historic Houses 'Garden of the Year 2019'

We are thrilled and honoured to announce that the Hidden Gardens at Plas Cadnant have been short-listed for the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award 2019.

This prestigious national award, sponsored by Christie’s, recognises the importance of the country’s most spectacular historic gardens.

Plas Cadnant and seven other UK places will be going head-to-head to be named the nation’s favourite country house garden.

We were delighted to welcome ITV Wales News to the gardens to cover this exciting nomination. Take a look at the interview here (approximately 22 minute mark).

Voting is now closed and the winner of the 2019 award will be announced at the Historic Houses AGM in November 2019. We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who voted for us.

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Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

A historic garden under restoration, situated between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris 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.

Described as one of North Wales best kept secrets is the hidden world of Plas Cadnant Gardens, situated at the side of the Menai Strait, hidden from view near to Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey.

Former owners of Plas Cadnant were related to the Tremayne family of Heligan House, now famous for its Lost Gardens.

A new garden is being created on an historic site, becoming a plantsman's paradise. Now considered amongst the liveliest twenty gardens of Wales, and featured in a new book 'The Finest Gardens of Wales' by Tony Russell'. Also featured in 'Discovering Welsh Gardens' written by Stephen Anderton and photographed by Charles Hawes.

There is still much work to be done and we hope you will visit us in person or use the website to keep informed of our ongoing progress.

Three gardens in one

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.

How to find us

Local directions to Plas Cadnant

Although many of our visitors will have 'Sat Navs' of various types and flavours, we have included directions to provide a quick reference to our location and links to a more detailed map and route planner for those of you without in-car assistance.

From Bangor city centre

  • Follow the road to the Telford suspension bridge (A4080).
  • After crossing the bridge, turn right at the small roundabout (2nd exit).
  • Follow the road (signed Beaumaris) through Menai Bridge (A545) until you see a new road bridge ahead, approximately half a mile further on.
  • Turn left at the lay-by (with white lines on it) just before the bridge and Plas Cadnant Estate entrance is 50m on the left.

From A55 Expressway Mainland

  • Cross over the Britannia Bridge and take the first slip road, immediately after crossing bridge.
  • Turn right at T junction (A4080) taking you back under the expressway towards Menai Bridge and Beaumaris.
  • At the roundabout go straight across (2nd exit) and downhill into the centre of Menai Bridge.
  • Turn left at the main road towards Beaumaris (A545), through Menai Bridge town until you see a new road bridge ahead.
  • Turn left at the lay-by (with white lines on it) just before the bridge and Plas Cadnant Estate entrance is 50m on the left.

From A55 Expressway Dublin/Holyhead

  • Exit the expressway where signed Menai Bridge and Beaumaris (Junction 8).
  • Turn left onto the A5025 and continue to the first roundabout (Four Crosses).
  • Turn right (3rd exit) and continue downhill to another roundabout.
  • Take care, this is a 30mph zone.
  • Take the left turn (1st exit) at this roundabout into the centre of Menai Bridge town, then follow the instructions as for the mainland route.

Our location map