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Craig y Nos  Country Park & Grounds

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Craig Y Nos Castle sits in its own Country Park - at least, the Country Park was owned by the Castle until 1976. It is now managed by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

The castle retains 11 acres of its own land, while the Country Park extends to a further 40 acres of lakes and woodland, meadow and many scenic paths.


On a sunny day many brides and grooms venture down into the grounds to have their wedding photos taken by the boating lake, or on the wooden footbridge over the River Tawe, or on the white footbridge with its newly painted AP logo. Some will visit the Pavilion for photos, or discover other locations around Craig y Nos Country Park.

Wedding Venues near Cardiff, Swansea, Brecon - Wedding couple at the back of Craig y Nos Castle
Wedding Venues Cardiff - Craig y Nos Castle and Country Park

The Country Park and the Castle is popular with dog walkers and we have many guests staying on a B&B basis with their pets, to take advantage of the fabulous walks around the Country Park. Once they tire of the walks in the Park, there are a number of paths behind the Park which lead on to the Beacons Way.


Guests have commented there is no need for them to use their car while staying at the castle, as there are ample walks right on the doorstep.


17, 23,000, 11 acres


When Adeline Pati bought the castle for £3,500 in 1878 she acquired a relatively modest 17 acres along with the castle. At the time of her death in 1919, through judicious purchasing, the Craig y Nos estate stretched to an impressive 23,000 acres.

Today it is back down to a mere 11 acres, though as the Country Park's 40 acres are open to the public, we have around 50 acres of Patti's former pleasure gardens to enjoy - though not with the abundance of gardens and topiary that Adelina would have had.

As you walk around you will find the tall brick wall of the old kitchen gardens (now the Country Park's car park) and the boating lake, now full of ducks and with only one swan at this time.

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Your Photos in the former Pleasure Gardens of Adelina Patti


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Wedding Venues Cardiff - Craig y Nos Castle and large lake in Country Park
Wedding Venues Cardiff - Craig y Nos Castle and Boating Lake in the Country Park
Wedding Venues Cardiff, Craig y Nos Castle  and Country Park River Tawe
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Adelina Patti, the extraordinarily wealthy opera singer owner of Craig y Nos Castle from 1878 to 1919, employed a team of 20 gardeners under the management of Constantine Hibbert.


In Patti's time the Country Park and grounds bloomed with all manner of flowers, vegetables and new trees and shrubs imported from all over Europe. I wonder if the climate was better in those days!

The lower gardens at Craig y Nos are listed, on account of the different trees in the grounds.


The Castle's land extends to the banks of the River Tawe, where you walk through gates at the bottom of the lower garden into Craig y Nos Country Park.

Our garden and the adjoining Country Park provide great opportunities for outdoor rural wedding photographs.
Wedding Venues Cardiff, Swansea, Brecon - Craig y Nos Castle grounds in thick Winter snow
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Wedding Venues Cardiff, Swansea, Brecon - Craig y Nos Castle Winter in snow
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