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National Botanic Garden of Wales

An extraordinarily diverse and popular collection of wonders.

  • 4.6

  • from 3248 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 3248 Google reviews

bronek staniewicz

2 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.

Christopher Neilan

2 weeks ago

5

It's a great garden, of course. There are so many different areas to visit and enjoy and wonderful views. The café is good too. Winter opening hours are shorter, so arrive in time to do a longer walk to see the new cascade and waterfall. But leave time to get back, they like to shut on time!

Swansea Cymru

2 months ago

5

I finally got to visit this beautiful garden and park and was not disappointed. The great dome is stunning and the temperate zones within are wonderful. The park and woodland, waterfalls, lakes and cascades are absolutely delightful. The cawl, served in the old stables, was generous and delicious. But the highlight of the day was the staff who couldn't have been more helpful, they certainly made my visit memorable for all the right reasons. I'll definitely be back.

Brian Kennedy

a year ago

4

Nice day out(weather permitting)should keep you occupied for a few hrs,unfortunately couple of the attractions are closed due to the virus.

Contact the garden

01558 667149

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