The National Botanic Garden of Wales
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is situated just off the A48 between Carmarthen and Cross Hands and is the home of the world’s largest single-span glasshouse.
This award-winning tourist attraction displays some of the rarest plants in the world and its grounds and buildings host regular, year-round activities and events for the whole family. It includes formal gardens, parkland, the Apothecary’s House, children’s play areas and so much more and really constitutes a destination that no visitor to the area should miss.
Did you know that if you’ve crossed the Severn Bridge in order to visit, your toll is refunded on showing your receipt at the garden entrance?
To Inspire, Educate and Conserve
Conceived and created for the new Millennium, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is a charitable organisation and is recognised as the most visited garden in the country. It’s a stunning, designated natural nature reserve and the rolling landscape and formal gardens are dominated by a spectacular Glass House that is used to protect and conserve some of the most endangered plants on the planet and houses exotic species from three continents.
It’s received a strong of accolades including the number 1 ‘Wonder of Wales’, ’Most Romantic Garden’, ‘Best Children’s Garden’ & ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ by the Western Mail. Further recognition came from the BBC Gardeners’ World poll when it was voted ‘No 1 Garden to Visit in Wales and it also received our own local Carmarthenshire Tourism Association’s ‘Visitors Favourite’ award.
The gardens have winter and summer opening hours as follows:
April to September: 10:00am to 6:00pm
October to March: 10:00am to 4:30pm
The gardens are a popular, year-round family-friendly attraction and is rightly renowned as a garden for all ages in all seasons. Budding colour and new life in spring lead into bright and bountiful summers and autumn wouldn’t be the same without a wander around the parklands enjoying the changes in nature’s palette and the rustle of the fallen leaves! Even winter has its own stark beauty set against the backdrop of rural Carmarthenshire and the Great Glasshouse transports you to warmer climes on even the darkest of days.
Over 500 acres of gorgeous parkland and its wildlife await you on your visit; during your visits, make the most of
Peaceful lakeside walks
Arts & crafts for both children and adults: check out the array of creative sessions regularly available at the AquaLab
Science and education
Open air theatre – and even open air cinema
Family events throughout every season
Motorised caddies, scooters or wheelchairs for those with reduced mobility
Visit today and see over 8,000 different plant varieties, fabulous sculptures, the Butterfly House, the double-walled garden, plants for health and even Wales’ rarest tree!
Admission fees can be found on the website.
Dine at the Gardens
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is also home to some great-value and tasty eateries where you can enjoy delicious meals and cakes; the ‘Seasons‘ Restaurant serves homemade, fair-trade food and the Great Glasshouse has its own undercover kiosk and refreshment area so no matter what the weather, they’ve literally got you covered! You can even enjoy calling by for a bite without actually paying admission fees as Y Pot Blodau on the gate is home to the Gardens’ plant sales and the perfect stop-off for indoor or outdoor coffees, cakes and lunches.
if you’re looking for a great venue to hold a wedding, corporate function, training day or conference, the National Botanic Garden of Wales has a variety of venues throughout the site, one of which is bound to be perfectly suited to your requirements.
With easy access and excellent facilities, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is home to an experienced team who provide a personal service that’s tailored individually to each event.
Rooms available include:
Paxton – Large Seminar Room – 60-80 people
Grier – Medium Seminar Room – 30-40 people
Abadam – Small Seminar Room – 12-24 people
ICT Room – Small Seminar Room – 10-12 people
Wallace Garden Room – Small venue – 4-10 people
Theatr Botanica – Theatre venue – up to 55 people
Seasons Restaurant & Courtyard – Variety of dining facilities for up to 120 people
The Marquee – Excellent dining venue – 180 people
The Gallery – Medium venue – 20-40 people
Millennium Square – Large outdoor venue – 20-300 people
The Great Glass House – Large venue for up to 120-270 people
Licensed to conduct marriages and civil partnerships, the venue offers stunning views and a simply perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.
For a beautiful, inspiring and enjoyable day out for the whole family, visit The National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire.
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