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National Botanic Garden of Wales

An extraordinarily diverse and popular collection of wonders.

  • 4.6

  • from 3598 Google reviews

National Botanic Garden of Wales
National Botanic Garden of Wales

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About the garden

Wales’ national botanic gardens are home to a dazzling range of themed gardens including the world’s biggest single-span glasshouse, unique Welsh plants, and a centre for birds of prey. While the gardens only opened in May 2000, their wide variety of wonders, spread out across 560 acres of countryside have rapidly made them a top tourist attraction, becoming the most popular garden in Wales with over 2.5 million visitors so far.

Taking centre stage here is the astonishing Great Glasshouse - the world’s largest single-span glasshouse - as well as the tropical butterflies in Plas Pilipala – keep your eyes peeled for the enormous Atlas Moth. See a rare Katsura tree in the traditional Japanese Garden and learn about beekeeping in the Regency-period Double Walled Garden. Then wander to the Apothecary Garden, laid out according to different parts of the body. Little ones will love climbing the trees in The Ghost Forest, and if you’re after some peace and quiet, visit the three Necklace of Lakes, where you might catch a glimpse of otters, kingfishers and dragonflies.

Just moments from the more formal gardens is the wilder Waun Las National Nature Reserve, where you can see orchids in summer and wild mushrooms in the autumn. If you want to pick up a plant or two, stop at the Y Pot Blodyn Garden Centre before you head home.

Opening times

Open every day, apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 10am - 6pm, April - September 10am - 4pm, October - March

Useful details

Garden area

560 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads. Dogs on leads only on ‘Doggy Days’.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Anyone who cycles to the garden can, on handing in their helmets for safekeeping, enter for half price (based on the adult ticket price). The Carmarthen-Llanelli loop on the National Cycle Network route 47, goes past the entrance of The National Botanic Garden of Wales, known as the Celtic Trail.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Free - Pre-book a manual wheelchair by phoning 01558 667149.

Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN

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National Botanic Garden of Wales
Carmarthenshire
SA32 8HN
Sat Nav Postcode
SA32 8HN
Public Transport
Travel by train, bus or bike and enjoy half-price entry – see Good Journey listing.
Taxi - To get to the Garden from Carmarthen train station will cost between £15-£20, from Llandeilo train station between £17-£22, and from Swansea train station £30-£50.
Eifion’s Taxis (Cross Hands) – 01269 831 999.
Chris Cars (Carmarthen) – 01267 234438.
Cross Taxis (Cross Hands) – 01269 841200.
Fiona Taxis – (Carmarthen) – 07732 885 482.
Llandeilo Taxis – 01558 822020.
Bus - There is a very limited bus service to the Garden.
See the Garden’s Good Journey listing.
The 279 bus leaves Carmarthen bus station at 11:05am, picks up at Carmarthen train station at 11:08am, reaching the Garden at 11:30am.
The return trip is at 4:25pm, calling in again at the train station at 4:47pm and back at the bus station for 4:50pm.
There is an earlier bus back to Carmarthen leaving at 1:10pm.
The service is provided by Carmarthenshire County Council and there is no service on Mondays, Fridays, Sundays and bank holidays.
The TrawsCymru Service T1S provides one journey per day from Swansea to the Garden.
The bus leaves Swansea City Bus Station at 12pm, reaching the Garden at 12:42pm.
The return trip is at 4:19pm, arriving back at the bus station at 5:02pm.
The service is provided by First Cymru and is part of their ‘TrawsCymru’ service.
Over 60s or others with an all-Wales Concessionary Pass travel free on this service.
Please note that the Garden is not responsible for any changes to the timetable on any given day.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 3598 Google reviews

cheryl crowdy

a month ago

5

Very nice place. Lovely clean toilets. Great for all ages. There are lots of different plants to look at and a bonus on the way out - a garden centre 😀 will definitely be going back ( on a cooler day though, we went when it was 28'c). Lovely walks to do around the area.

StevoW33

a month ago

5

A lovely place for a wander and to look at a massive range of plants and flowers and trees etc etc. Visited at end of August so not so many blooms left but still colourful. Has a massive greenhouse structure. Also on site is the bird of prey centre which is worth 5 stars in itself. Couple of areas to get a coffee and cake so all is cool.

willbesprog

2 months ago

5

A beautiful place to visit any time of year - membership is definitely worth it if you will be a return visitor! I’ve been visiting since it opened, and it’s wonderful to see the growth and changes not only seasonally but over the years. The walking trails are a must too if the gardens themselves get too busy! The only disappointment from my most recent visit is that the water feature in the glasshouse is looking a big algae filled and neglected due to the waterfall being switched off and there being no fish in the pond.

Nadine Snowsill

2 months ago

5

A lovely range of gardens and landscapes from a double walled garden to parkland, from wild flower meadows to tropical glass houses, waterfalls to lakes. Your ticket is valid for a week, so you can keep returning to take full advantage of the space. Dogs are allowed in on Mondays and Fridays, but never in the glass houses. The central cafe is busy but very efficient, with sandwiches or generous main meals, excellent value. And on the way out, a good range of plants for sale suitable for UK gardens.

Stacey Prudden

a month ago

4

A very gentle day out but still lots to see. The plants are laid out in easy to access domes & areas. I highly recommend a visit to the apothecary's shop & garden (perfect for history buffs & fans of the macabre.) Although a small additional charge the Bird of Prey centre is well worth a visit & catch a display if you can as it shows the knowledge, passion & care that goes into looking after the birds.

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01558 667149

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