National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthney

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Stroll through the 230 hectares (568 acres) of lavish green space that comprises National Botanic Garden of Wales. Known both for its tourist appeal and botanical research facilities, the garden is the site of the world’s largest single-span greenhouse. Browse through the over 800 different plant varieties at the various themed gardens, or head to the apothecary house for a lesson in the medicinal uses of plants. Eat at one of the three garden cafes that offer fresh, locally sourced food. Take advantage of the free shuttle around the gardens if you tire of walking or get caught in the rain. To visit National Botanic Garden of Wales on your trip to Llanarthney, use our Llanarthney vacation planner.
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  • A touch of wildness, a touch of structure filled the whole day.Take a walk around the immaculate themed gardens and vegetable gardens. Stroll through the world's largest single spanned glasshouse fill...  more »
  • Just 5min off the A48 duel carriageway between Crosshands and Carmarthen.Plenty of car spaces.Toilets by the entrance disabled facilities .Around £8 entrance fee.There are buggies available if require...  more »
  • I absolutely loved to this exhilarating place. I've seen that people say it's a hotchpotch of ideas but I liked that - so many interesting things to experience. And the hot-climate trail in the Norman...  more »
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  • Excellent! It costs £28 for a family of four and it's certainly money well spent. The whole site is vast, the dome greenhouse is very impressive, as is the butterfly house and walled gardens. The whole place is incredibly well maintained and beautiful, especially when you consider it's size and scale. It logistically must be a nightmare to care for! The restaurant is also worth a visit. The standard of food is excellent and initially what appears expensive is actually very good value for money when you consider the portion sizes and quality. Most attractions will charge far more for much less. The Google guide suggests people spend approximately 45 mins here on average, which I find very bizarre... They must be sprinting from one end to the other! We spent about 5 hours here and didn't see everything. According to the app on my mobile, I covered a distance of over 5 miles, as it really is a lot bigger than it appears from the car park. If you're looking for thrills, spills and high octane action, you're most certainly in the wrong place. If you enjoy walks through the beautiful outdoors and like all things plant and garden based, then you can't go wrong with spending the day here.
  • One of our favourite places to visit. Love the butterfly house and the dome. Excellent events on a regular basis and play area for the kids is great. Definitely recommend taking a picnic as food is good but pricey in my opinion. Our 4 yrs old love it and if you love taking pictures you will be landed.
  • A beautiful and interesting day out. It's worth exploring the extent of the grounds as there are beautiful meadows hidden away near the lake. Plenty of things for kids, including water zorbing and hay maze. There were also face painting and birds of prey displays on the day we visited. Great fun.
  • A nice day out, with plenty to see and do - it was pleasing to see they also offer "Doggy Days" to let owners bring their 4 legged friends along for a day out. The glass house was a highlight (along with the butterfly house) with a lot of accessible winding footpaths through the various botanical areas of the world that were being shown off.
  • Vast area of gardens loads of benches to sit on and disabled facilities if needed. Also some good attractions for children. One for all the family.

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