Upton Castle Gardens are now closed for winter

We look forward to reopening to visitors on the 1st of April 2024

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Welcome to Upton Castle Gardens

Discover their beauty and tranquility...

Side of Upton Castle, Pembrokeshire

Upton Castle Gardens, nestled in the picturesque county of Pembrokeshire, boasts rich nature and a captivating history that spans centuries.

The 35 acres of listed historic gardens surrounds the early 13th century castle (not open to the public as it is a family home) and contain an amazing collection of rare trees and shrubs as well as a formal rose garden, herbaceous borders and an early 19th century traditional walled vegetable garden.


How to find us

Follow the brown signs from the A477 through the village of Cosheston.

Google or Apple maps may take you via other routes along extremely narrow roads from Naish and Milton, so we reccommend checking your route to avoid Paskeston road and Blackberry Lane.

Follow directions to Upton Castle Gardens to arrive at our carpark, on the right as you approach.

Free parking onsite.

Upton Castle Gardens, Cosheston, Pembroke Dock SA72 4SE

Situated near the village of Cosheston, the castle and its gardens have stood as a testament to the region's heritage and natural beauty.


Whether you're a gardening enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility, our gardens provide an immersive experience that will rejuvenate your senses and leave you with lasting memories.

Our dedicated team of experienced horticulturists and volunteer gardeners work tirelessly to maintain the gardens and ensure that every plant thrives in its natural habitat. We strive to create an environment that is not only visually captivating but also promotes biodiversity and sustainability.

Visit our new cafe!

Enjoy the sunshine from the lawn, or find a spot in the Upton Castle close.

We are now serving tea, coffee, cake and light lunches out of a (rather shiny) Airstream trailer.

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Upton Castle Gardens is renowned for its impressive collection of rare and exotic plants. The gardens provide a welcoming haven for many unique and exquisite plant species, thriving in the favorable microclimate of Pembrokeshire.

The Arboretum at Upton Castle is a collection of non-native trees and shrubs containing many rare species and country champions mostly planted in the 1920’s so now very mature.

We are fortunate to have an impressive number of Champion trees. Some are the largest examples of that species in Wales, and others in the country.

Our arboretum has an exceptional collection of rare trees amongst which are the large Davidii involucrate (Handkerchief Tree), Fagus heterophylla (Fern Leafed Beech), Cunninghamia, Podocarpus, Liriodendron tulipfera (tulip tree) and the Magnolias to mention a few.

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The castle's origins can be traced back to the 13th century when it was built by the Malefants, a prominent Norman family.

Throughout the medieval period, Upton Castle served as a stronghold, witnessing numerous conflicts and power struggles.

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Visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the gardens and discover a diverse range of plants, including vibrant rhododendrons, elegant camellias, fragrant magnolias, and majestic ancient trees.

With an array of vibrant flowers, lush greenery, and peaceful pathways, our gardens offer a tranquil escape where visitors can unwind, reconnect with nature, and find inspiration in the beauty that surrounds them.

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Over the years, Upton Castle Gardens has remained a cherished destination for nature enthusiasts, history lovers, and avid gardeners.

The castle and its gardens have been lovingly preserved, with efforts made to maintain the original charm and character.

However, at times, the sheer magnitude of the work can be overwhelming, and certain areas may become dilapidated or require restoration. We strive to address these challenges and continuously improve the condition of the gardens to ensure visitors can fully appreciate their unique beauty and historical significance.

The site has also opened its doors to the public, offering guided tours, weddings and events, a weekly chapel service, and a tranquil setting for leisurely strolls and relaxing lunches.

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Upton Castle Gardens stands as a living testament to the enduring beauty of Pembrokeshire's landscape and the dedication of those who have nurtured it throughout the centuries.

With its captivating history and captivating natural surroundings, a visit to Upton Castle Gardens is an invitation to step back in time and immerse oneself in the splendor of this remarkable place.

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The massive Taxus baccata (Yew Tree) was awarded the title “Heritage Tree” and said by several experts to be over 1000 years old.

There are also a multitude of listed “Veteran Trees” said to be the oldest trees, of that particular rare species, in the country.
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