An extraordinarily diverse and popular collection of wonders.
Size of site:
Open every day, apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Car park (free)
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.
Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).
Free - Pre-book a manual wheelchair by phoning 01558 667149.
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.
Yes - Plant shop
Adult £11.50; Child (5-16) £5.50, One Family Ticket – £33.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children) - other family combinations available.
Carers Free, Children Under 5 Free.
Individual £45, Joint £80, Family from £68.50.
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.
An open expanse of water, perfect for wildlife - the cool breeze brings welcome relief from summer heat.
Rich with the heady scent of summer, these traditional flowers come in many beautiful varieties.
A British favourite, carpeting woodland floors in undulating swathes of green and purple from mid May.
Yellow heads bobbing in the breeze, these flowers carpet the ground as winter ends and spring begins.
White and green flowers burst into life in midwinter, through even the hardest of frosts.
Whether a formal fountain or wildlife pond, water provides space for tranquility and reflection.
As morning frosts begin to set in, the leaves of trees and shrubs light up in reds, yellows and oranges.
Geometric shapes and smartly clipped hedges, with flowers lined up in neat rows like soldiers on parade.
Sheltered from winter winds and balmy in springtime, walls create a microclimate perfect for gardening.
At the tail end of winter through into spring, the boughs of Cherry trees are heavy with beautiful flowers.
Throughout the year, the fertile beds of the veg patch are where you'll find delicious produce ready to eat.
Bursting back with fresh colour every year, these flower borders are perfect for pollinators.
In summer this grassland habitat is rich with the buzzing of pollinators and packed with beautiful flowers.
Discover a wealth of minibeasts and birds in this special patch - a particular favourite with the kids.