The botanical gardens were established in the Rhyl suburbs by 1878 when it was sold as a 9 acre plot with avenues, lily pond and conservatories. After a chequered history the gardens fell into neglect but have been reinstated since 2004 by the Rhyl South West Central Resident's Association.
In 1672, the gardens were part of the private estate of Ty'n Rhyl. The date of the botanic gardens in unknown, the first written reference being noted in 1878. The site was opened to the public in 1928, and after decline in the 1970s and '80s was restored from 2004 onwards.At one time these gardens had impressive rose gardens, a tropical greenhouse, monkey puzzle trees, yucca plants and pampas grasses, along with another dog-bone shaped pond with scalloped edging. Little of its horticultural past remains today.
Visitor FacilitiesBotanical Gardens, bowls, tennis, i-play, cafe
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- Access & Directions
Access Contact DetailsThis is a municipal site, open daily for general public use. Tel: 01745 339650
DirectionsLocation: On Grange Road, part of B5119, in the eastern suburbs of Rhyl . If you would like to use Multimap for directions http://www.multimap.com/directions/Recommended directions: If approaching from Llandudno come off at Junction 24 sign posted Rhuddlan/Rhyl. A547. Travel through to second roundabout and take first exit sign posted Rhyl. Next roundabout first exit to Rhyl. Pass B & Q etc straight across roundabout and continue on and you will come to zebra crossing. Immediately after, you can turn right just before Shell Garage into Pendyffryn Road. Carry on down that road and at end turn left. You are now on Grange Road. The Botanical Gardens are on the left after short row of shops.You can park on Grange Road.Alternatively, from Wellington Road (in the middle of Rhyl), go through the town until they see St.Thomas's Church on their right. At the junction bear right then filter left and take the left turn at the bottom. Follow the road around and go over the railway bridge. After about half mile you will pass Rhyl Football Ground on the right and the High School on the left.The Gardens are opposite the School.
Detailed HistoryIn 1878 9 acres were sold as the Botanical Gardens. At this time a lily pond, avenues and conservatories were all well established. In 1900 the Football club took over an area called the Belle Vue Gardens and sports facilities including tennis courts, bowling greens, mini golf and a children's play ground were established in the Botanical gardens. In 1919 the gardens were sold by Sarah Ann Oakey to the Council. In the early-1930s another 10.5 acres were added, the King George V Playing fields and the intended Coronation gardens. The Abdication of Edward VIII meant that the Coronation Gardens were never completed but the seats purchased at this time through public subscription can be seen in the Botanical gardens.
- Shaw, G. (2008) The Changing Fortunes of Rhyl Botanical Gardens, Bull. Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, No 52, 1-3The Bulletin of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust