The National Botanic Garden of Wales
Set amongst 568 acres of parkland in the Towy Valley, just 7 miles from Carmarthen, the Garden's centrepiece is the Great Glasshouse, an amazing tilted glass dome with a six-metre ravine. The Mediterranean landscape enables the visitor to experience the aftermath of an Australian bush fire, pause in an olive grove or wander through Fuchsia collections from Chile. The Tropical House features orchids, palms and other tropical plants. A 220 metre herbaceous broadwalk forms the spine of the garden and leads to the children's play area and the Old Stables Courtyard. Land train tours will take the visitor around the necklace of lakes, which surround the central garden.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Some areas of the nature reserve not accessible due to nature of terrain
- Facilities: Braille interpretation, wheelchairs/scooters, shuttle service
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct 10-6; Nov-Mar 10-4.30. Closed 24-25 Dec
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About the area
Carmarthenshire is the largest of the historic counties of Wales, and known to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Carmarthen, its county town, with its Roman fort, claims to be the oldest town in Wales.
Carmarthenshire was a heavily disputed territory between the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th and 13th centuries, and many of the castles and forts dotting its landscapes date from this period. They include ruins at Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr, Dryslwyn, Laugharne, Llansteffan and Newcastle Emlyn, as well as the slightly better-preserved Kidwelly Castle. Carmarthen Castle, meanwhile, saw further fighting during both the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War, when it was captured twice by the Parliamentary forces, and ordered to be dismantled by Oliver Cromwell.
In these more peaceful times, the economy of the county is mainly agricultural (the 19th-century Rebecca Riots, in which local farmers and agricultural workers protested against higher tolls and taxes, started in Carmarthenshire), and its fertile farmland is known as ‘The Garden of Wales’. A more literal garden, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, opened in 2000.
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