Attractions and Activities in North Wales around Ruthin
Firgrove Country House Bed & Breakfast is located about 1 mile from Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd and is a perfect base for exporing North Wales.
- explore National Trust castles and houses
- visit gardens and specialist nurseries
- enjoy the scenery of Snowdonia
- visit Chester and Llandudno
Firgrove, a Listed Grade II Georgian House, is set within one and a half acres of prize winning gardens overlooking the beautiful Vale of Clwyd and the Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, only a few minutes drive from the medieval Market town of Ruthin in Denbighshire.
Attractions Around Firgrove Country House
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Things To Do and Places To Visit around Firgrove Country House
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There are numerous houses and gardens to visit in the area, including may owned by the National Trust. Gardens that you can visit from Firgrove include:
- Bodnant world famous national trust garden – best in spring but has all year interest
- other national trust gardens at: Chirk Castle , Errddig , Plas Newydd (Anglesey) and Powis Castle (Welshpool)
- Bodrhyddan (near Rhuddlan) - privately owned and open in summer months only
- Portmeirion and Plas Brondanw (near Portmadog ) - privately owned
- Over the border in England are Arley Hall, Tatton Park, Cholmondley Castle and Ness Botanic Garden
There is also a good selection of specialist plant nurseries to tempt you in the area including:
- Dibleys (streptocarpus) - a regular gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show winner
- Aberconwy Nursery (alpines) - near Bodnant Garden
- Crug Farm Plants (specialist shade plants) - near Caernarfon often featured on TV Garden Shows
- Bodnant Plant Sales
- Dingle Nursery - near Powis Castle and Welshpool
Wales is famous for castles with Denbigh and Rhuddlan castles in the Vale of Clwyd. Other castles such as Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech are within easy reach.
Steam railway enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with the Llangollen Railway, Ffestiniog Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway and others in the area.
There are many enjoyable walks in the nearby Clwydian Range including Offa's Dyke, and mountain bike courses nearby at Llandegla. The higher peaks of Snowdonia are also within easy reach of Firgrove.
You can also visit the North Wales coast including the victorian resort of Llandudno with it's wide promenade and unspoilt seafront. Other attractions include Ruthin Craft Centre, and St. Asaph Cathedral.
See our 'Find Us' page for a location map and route planner.
Enjoy the Garden at Firgrove Country House
Guests are welcome to explore the garden at Firgrove. Firgrove has an acre and a half of mature garden with a mainly east facing slope that is exposed to the northern and southerly winds; and at 100 metres elevation there are fine views of the hills overlooking the Vale of Clwyd.
The garden has probably been developed over the last 200 years with some of the pine trees now reaching maturity, and has been extensively reworked by a series of owners over the last 50 years. During nearly 30 years of ownership we have tried with tree planting to provide shelter without taking away the spectacular views.
Now we are elevating and pruning some of the mature ornamental trees in order to develop beneath the canopy with Hydrangeas, Hellebores, Ferns, Geraniums and Cyclamen; so giving all year interest. Because the soil varies between limestone and neutral it is not too difficult to maintain the displays of Rhododendron, Azalea, Camellia and Magnolia in the neutral areas and we hope to gradually increase the numbers of Camellia Sasanqua as we learn to understand their requirements. For extra summer colour, Streptocarpus are planted out in some areas (these are lifted and stored frost-free for the winter).