, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

It’s a beautiful piece of natural art.  I would have liked to have been taller (or have a drone!) to take a full view shot of the structure but I find the close-up shots breathtaking and mesmerising.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

Take a look at more of Jon Foreman’s work here:  https://www.facebook.com/SculptTheWorld/ I’ll try and blog one of his beach art creations soon.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

The gardens at Picton Castle are home to unique Rhododendrons raised over the years by their head gardeners and include rare species such as Myrtles, Embrothium and Eucryphia.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

The Walled Gardens

We didn’t visit the Wall Gardens during this visit as there was some work being done and wellies were advised after the recent storms and heavy rainfall.  A visit to the walled gardens is normally a highlight and I will take lots of photos during our next visit.  The Walled Garden is an enchanting riot of colour in the summer months and has an elegant fountain, pond, roses and medicinal herbs all meticulously labelled with their remedies.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

We’ve taken part in many games and activities on this lawn during the summer months.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

Activity Playground

I love the children’s part of the gardens.  They have their very own castle to play in and explore as well as whimsy toadstool seats and picnic table.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

It’s an exciting place for the kids to play games.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

With a touch of magic too!

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

The kids also love the maze.  The Jungle Boardwalk is out of use at the moment.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

We saw a few squirrels during our walk around the gardens.  Of course, they’re easier to spot when moving.  One stayed still and when I picked up my camera to find it again, I couldn’t spot it at all.  The kids said they could still see the squirrel- can you see it?

 

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

The Courtyard

Spurred on from the excitement of protecting their own castle in the adventure playground our wild girls decided they all needed some war paint on their cheeks!  Here they are standing outside the Courtyard, in which there is a gift shop, Maria’s Courtyard Restaurant and Nursery.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

The Welsh Owl Garden

We then walked on to the Welsh Owl Garden.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

 

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

There are currently 26 species of owls and other exotic birds on display. Entrance to the Welsh Owl Garden is included with garden admission.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

I thought this “Cheerios on a pipe-cleaner” bird feeder is a good idea for a quick craft with young children (make sure you go to refill or collect the remaining pipe cleaner after though!  I double-checked on the RSPB site and it says cereal is an acceptable food for birds.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

 

Back to the courtyard and we were just in time to return the kids completed trail sheets.  In exchange, they were given a certificate and a small gift each – lucky kids!

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

We had a lovely time at Picton Castle and will be back soon to enjoy the Spring and Summer flowers.

Picton Castle also runs Mansion of Mystery Escape Room.  Entry to the gardens and The Welsh Owl Garden are included with admission.

Have you visited Picton Castle?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

, Visiting Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

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2 Comments

  1. Susan B
    February 28, 2020 / 8:41 pm

    What fabulous architecture and gardens. There is much more than meets the eye to this attraction. Thanks for the review and lovely photos.

  2. Susan Smith
    March 3, 2020 / 8:34 am

    Looks a wonderful place to visit and for the kids to have fun, youre so lucky to have this on your door step, when we visit Wales this will certainly be a place we will have down to visit

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