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National Botanic Garden of Wales

An extraordinarily diverse and popular collection of wonders.

  • 4.6

  • from 3439 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 3439 Google reviews

Bob Ashworth

3 months ago

5

Haven't been back since the opening of the great glass House in May 2000. We went on St David's day. Brilliant harpist in the glass House really complimented the setting. Lots of new attractions that are really of interest to all ages. A one day ticket gets seven day admission. We went back. Cafe popular and good. British Bird of Prey centre worth a visit. All staff extra helpful and very keen to make sure you get the most out of your day.

Alison Payton

a week ago

4

Amazing place with a huge site and a wide variety of gardens and open meadows to visit, so it's easy to get away from the crowds if you want to. I particularly enjoyed the walks around the lakes and through the woodland, seeing and hearing the cattle, and coming across interesting sculptures at various points. We walked about 8 miles and covered a third of the site, so it's a great opportunity to really stretch your legs. The only disappointment was that, with all the natural produce it's possible to grow on the site, the cafes only offered packaged sandwiches and very basic hot plates of fish/pasty/pie and chips. Where were the fresh salads, daily specials using seasonal fruit & veg, and home-baked cakes I tend to associate with sites like this? They're missing a trick!

bronek staniewicz

7 months ago

5

Had a great time seeing the attractions and exhibits. The greenhouse was a great botanical feature and probably quite fun for the little ones to explore, also has its own restrooms, food stall and seating. The historical recreation of an apothecary is a great sensual(there are samples of medicinal ingredients you can see and smell) and educational experience. Kitchen/veg garden was quite large and fun to walk round. There is also a restaurant if you fancy something more substantial than the nibbles available in the greenhouse and a gift shop if you want to grab a souvenir. There is a birds of prey area open for visitation which has an interesting variety of stunning birds.

Andrew Ruth

a year ago

5

British Bird of prey experience was worth the entry fee alone.

Mark Speakman

a month ago

5

Had a fantastic time visiting the Botanical Gardens. Loved the fact that everything is well spaced out. The walks around the grounds are very inspiring and calming. I like the fact that your ticket is valid for 8 days so if like me you are visiting the area you have the chance to go twice in a week as it was impossible to see everything in one day.

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01558 667149

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