An extraordinarily diverse and popular collection of wonders.
About National Botanic Garden of Wales
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.
Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Cafe/Restaurant, Car Park (Free), Playground, Gift Shop, Plant Shop/Small Nursery
Winter:Snowdrops, Cherry Blossom, Daffodils
Spring: Bluebells, Perennial Borders
Summer: Roses, Perennial Borders, Wildflower Meadow
Autumn: Autumn Colour
Year-Round: Walled Garden, Formal Garden, Glasshouse/Biome, Vegetable Garden, Wildlife Garden/Nature Trail, Pool/Pond, Lakes
Tickets & Discounts
Day ticket prices: Adult £11.50; Child (5-16) £5.50, One Family Ticket – £33.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children) - other family combinations available.
Concessions: Carers Free, Children Under 5 Free.
Season ticket prices: Individual £45, Joint £80, Family from £68.50.
Membership discounts: Member of the following gardens (terms and conditions may apply) Westonbirt Arboretum, RHS Garden Rosemoor (October to March – one cardholder only), The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Arboretum Garden Organic, Ryton, Coventry, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses, University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, The Living Rainforest, Berkshire Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden, Younger Botanic Garden, Logan Botanic Garden, Dawyck Botanic Garden.
Good to Know
Dog Walking: Yes - Dogs on leads only on ‘Doggy Days’.
Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages.
Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).
Wheelchair Hire: Free - Pre-book a manual wheelchair by phoning 01558 667149.
Bicycle Storage: 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.
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 11:08, reaching the Garden at 11:30. 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, but there is no service on Mondays, Fridays, Sundays and bank holidays. The Garden is not responsible for any changes to the timetable on any given day. The TrawsCymru Service T1S provides one journey per day from Swansea to the Garden. The bus leaves Swansea City Bus Station at 12noon, 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 that company’s ‘TrawsCymru’ service. Over 60s or others with an all-Wales Concessionary Pass travel free on this service. The Garden is not responsible for any changes to the timetable on any given day.
Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using SA32 8HN
Last Entry: An hour before 'Closing Time'.
Additional Information: Parking is free. Admission tickets are valid for 7 days and permit free unlimited entry for this period. Dogs only allowed in on designated Doggy Days - check event listings for details.
Size of Site: 560 Acres.
Profile Information: Last updated by National Botanic Garden of Wales in 2021.