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Treborth Botanic Garden

The land was bought by the University of Wales in the 1960s. It is situated by the Menai Strait. There is a woodland garden, rock garden, bog garden, orchid house and waterfall. Sir Joseph Paxton designed a pleasure garden on this site in the 1840s but it was abandoned due to funding problems.


Our site was developed as a pleasure garden by the Chester and Holyhead Railway Company in the 1840s. The garden was laid out with Cascade, Lime Avenue, and other features, to the design of Sir Joseph Paxton of Crystal Palace fame. It was to be part of Britannia Park, a Victorian extravaganza with Grand Hotel, conservatories and station on the main railway line. But due to funding problems, the whole scheme was abandoned and the site reverted to pasture and woodland.

Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, LL57 2RQ

Dawn to dusk.

Free entry-donations welcomed!

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  • over 7 years by anon 5 / 5

    The Botanical Gardens at Treborth are a wonderful place. They were my local Botanic gardens before I came to university and are home to a large collection which includes a bamboosery, a bog garden, a small orchard, an orchid house, temperate house and tropical house and many specimen trees including a Ginko biloba. If you ever find yourself nearby i really recommend popping in, everyone who works there is so friendly and knowledgable you couldn't help but have an enjoyable and informative time.
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    A hidden gem of a garden with a very nice curator. Good collections including South African plants, bamboos and cacti. Garden has a fascinating geology.

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Treborth Botanic Garden, Wales Photograph © Rob Parkin
Woodland, Treborth Botanic Garden Photograph © Rob Parkin
Treborth Botanic Garden Photograph © Rob Parkin
Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor Photograph © Rob Parkin