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Bodnant Garden named a top UK hidden gem

The nation has decided that Bodnant Gardens, Wales is high on the wish-lists for many travellers, with the open-air theatre securing top spot in McCarthy & Stone’s‘Hidden Gems’ survey.

[aoa id=”1″]A national McCarthy & Stone survey that had over 1,400 participants and a selection of ‘Hidden Gems’ to choose from, took place earlier this year and garnered exciting results. With an aim to find the UK’s best locations and attractions for family days out, day trips or short breaks away, the voters ranged in age, gender and geographic demographics. Bodnant Gardens proved itself to be a sought-after destination for people in the North West and South East regions, and even claimed votes from the West Midlands and Scotland.[/aoa]

  • Bodnant Gardens, Wales won 9% of the total votes
  • Minack Theatre, Porthcurno won 17% of the total votes
  • The Shell Grotto, Kent won 13% of the total votes
  • Blakeney Point, Norfolk won 11% of the total votes

Bodnant Gardens achieved 9% of the public’s total vote, proving that the National Trust property is the perfect attraction for anyone with an interest in gardens and nature. Spanning over 80 acres of impressive hillside, Bodnant Gardens is a spectacular attraction, with striking scented and rose gardens, champion trees and an acclaimed laburnum archway. It can be found near Tal-y-Cafn, in the county borough of Conwy overlooking the Carneddau range of mountains.

Minack Theatre in Porthcurno secured the top spot as the nation’s favourite UK hidden gem, with a surprisingly even balance of votes between each region. The stunning open-air theatre is positioned just 4 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall and offers breathtaking views across the Atlantic Ocean and Cornish coast. Known for its unique backdrop for quality performances that vary from musicals, theatre, live music and storytelling, Minack Theatre is an ideal destination for families and travellers.

Kent’s Shell Grotto came in second place, winning votes with its ornate shell mosaics and mysterious origins. Covered with stunning patterns and art created from humble cockle, whelk, oyster and mussel shells, Shell Grotto is a magical place for minds both young and old to imagine and explore.

Click here to find out exactly how the UK voted for their top hidden gems and discover all the winners.