Conwy’s Bodnant Garden sees its highest ever visitor numbers in first week of June

During the first week of June, popular attraction Bodnant Garden near Conwy saw its busiest week in history, with more than 20,000 people visiting across the week. If you’re heading to our Wales caravan park in Conwy, this is one of the many great days out you can find nearby.Owned and run by the National Trust, the garden helped to draw record numbers thanks not only to the excellent weather and the half term holiday that week but also by taking part in the Festival of Gardens North Wales, celebrating the gardens open to the public across North Wales. It meant that on average 363 visitors walked through the gates every hour, though at peak times there would have been as many as 700 visitors an hour entering the gardens. Another record was set over the weekend, when the garden received more than 7000 visitors, as well as their late night opening, which attracted over 500 visitors. Families were able to enjoy a wealth of activities during the half term, while dogs were also invited in for Wag Wednesday walks during the late night openings. General manager of Bodnant Garden, William Greenwood, said: “Crowds have flocked to see the famous Laburnum Arch in spectacular June sunshine.  “It’s been phenomenal and there’s been a real holiday atmosphere here. “It’s an extraordinary achievement and shows how much and how fast the garden is developing, with things to be see and do every day of the year.” The Laburnum Arch is one of the garden’s main attractions, and consists of an impressive 55m-long walkway, decorated with an archway made up of beautiful golden flowers. Late spring has also brought a number of colourful flowers to the garden, including rhododendrons and bluebells. Plans are already in place for the garden to expand further, with a new area set to open to the public in spring 2017. Named Furnace Hill, the area consists of 20 acres of woodland and meadow, with renovation work currently being carried out there.Image: Phil Sangwell, available under Creative Commons

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