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“GQT Summer Party 2014 - Wales at its very best”

National Botanic Garden of Wales
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The National Botanic Garden of Wales was the first national botanic garden of the millennium The Garden covers 568 acres of Carmarthenshire countryside and includes a nature reserve as well as a formal garden, with Lord Foster's Great Glasshouse as its centrepiece.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I've just returned from GQT Summer Party held at the gardens and loved every single second. The gardens looked superb and the staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful. There was such a team spirit here in showcasing Wales in her very best light and the day was perfect. Everything from the organisation of the day,beautiful food, the immaculate toilet facilities,the multitude of things to see and experience left me in no doubt that the Garden of Wales is a must see attraction of this beautiful country. An absolute credit to the team who run the gardens.

Thank oneillm2005
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Wonderful collection of plants from around the world in outdoor displays and inside the dome. Well worth a visit. Facilities include a very good restaurant, gift shop and plant sales area.

Thank WA6076
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We visited the gardens on a beautiful sunny day and the plants and flowers were breathtaking. You need plenty of time to see the main parts as everything in the walled garden was so stunning! We spent a great deal of our time there, the planting is wonderful, so colourful and diverse. The seating under the sweet pea bowers was heavenly, just sit and inhale - bliss! The plants in the dome are well laid out and we loved the rock art!

The staff are a credit to Wales, kind and helpful and ready to give 110%. We loved it and will be returning again soon.

Thank dollbert
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

There's certainly plenty to do and see in the National Botanic Garden of Wales. As a testament to this: we arrived at 10 as it opened, and left at 16:30! The glass dome was the real highlight, housing a variety of foreign plants from Mediterranean areas all around the world. The Japanese garden was also pleasant, as were the walled gardens. The areas are well signposted and the area's easy to get around.

The dedication to the conservation of Welsh wildlife certainly shone through, with certain areas devoted to conserving endangered plants and animals, such as the bee house, which provided an insight into the insects' busy world. We saw a variety of birds on and around the lakes such as moor-hens, geese, ducks, and even the elusive raven. Beyond the garden's grounds lies the Waun Las National Nature reserve, which we spent an hour or two walking through.

The one criticism would be in the canteen. There was a big emphasis on organic food, and natural meats, which was very good - however, very few vegetarian options. When we asked what the one vege dish being served was, the cook unfortunately had no idea. Many of the sandwiches on offer which are usually vegetarian go-tos were amusingly meat-centric when they needn't have been, such as egg mayo .. & ham as well as salad & ham? A little bizarre; either way, the food was reasonably priced for an attraction, and the bakewell tart we bought was baked perfectly.

The canteen's certainly a feature which they can improve upon in the future, but doesn't detract from the experience of walking around these beautiful gardens.

Thank Llew22
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

really enjoyed this day out . the glass house was impressive and the walks scenic. the gardens are of a high standard . one thing I can say about the management and staff . a pleasure to visit a eden of a place and so friendly staff . another gem in south wales .

Thank mark w
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