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“A little disappointing”

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
Llandysul, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A little disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Ok so we could smell the flowers half a mile away and on arriving it looks impressive but we couldnt help get the feeling its still very much a project in the making. Lots of open spaces, overgrown fields and unkept areas. The glass dome is most impressive both inside and out, the " Woods of the world' were neither open nor impressive, just looked like a field of saplings and weeds. And the walk to the waterfall would have saved my disabled mother a very unstable treck on her hired mobility scooter had there been a sign to say that it was inaccessible for the disabled, She braved the uneven path down through the woods only to find that after a half mile she was faced with a steep step (too big for said scooter) and had to put in a 3 point turn and head back.
The areas that are clearly looked after are lovely but taking into consideration we sat and ate for 20 min, had an uneventful walk through the woods and had to come back the long way round past the ponds completely missing out the "slate beds" because of more steps, we were round and out in 2 and half hours. Oh and 2 small bottles of pop and a small bottle of water was nearly £5 !
To sum up, over rated, looks bigger on the leaflet. Pretty but left all of us feeling a little disappointed.

Thank PhillNorthYorkshire
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Tregaron, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful Walk - with lunch to follow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

On this occasion after a leisurely cup of coffee in the courtyard of the stable block we decided to try one of the longer walks that have been laid out on the Waun Las National Nature Reserve which forms part of the NBGW. There are leaflets available which provide directions for the individual walks all of which are colour-coded en route and we chose the orange way-marked route which took us down into the woodland to where old features still remain from the time when the Middleton estate was still in private hands. There are waterfalls, old spring-heads and other interesting features buried there – absolutely fascinating. By following our map we were able to make a leisurely circular tour through the fields, coming back to the Great Glasshouse in time for a snack lunch. The walk took about 1.5 hours against the estimated time of about an hour given in the leaflet (but we weren’t exactly hurrying!). A really great day out – and next time I’ll take my camera with me!

Visited July 2014
Thank Mikall
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Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful flowers,interesting attractions and a warm Welsh welcome!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

An interesting and developing relatively new botanic garden- the first in Wales. Many varied
Activities and events presented during the year. A warm welcome to all visitors.
Lovely flower areas- both cultivated and wild. Interesting walks along wide paths and broad walks.
Many areas suitable for disabled access. Truly breathtaking views in the Carmarthenshire
Country-side. Many activities arranged for children. I can thoroughly recommend a visit even
on a wet day as there are many indoor areas to visit.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Rhoda M
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Mold, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Better than Eden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Ive wanted to visit here for a while, but living in North Wales it was just too far for a day out, however having a few days down here I had to go. I was dreading being disappointed, but what a fantastic place this is. With only the 1 dome compared to Edens 3 they have gone all out to have spectacular gardens outside instead. We went on a rainy day and were still blown away by the beauty. Everywhere was spotless, the planting was spectacular and all the staff were happy to be there. The resturant was great value and there were Gluten Free options well marked out. We were that pleased with the place we took advantage of the offer to return free within the week and went back 2 days later on the Doggie day (where you could take your dog in with you for the day). I think they really need to up their game with promoting the place as you rarely hear of it, unlike Eden and I would say it is miles better for a day out. GO GO GO its well worth it.

Visited July 2014
Thank Jenny P
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“A special place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

10 miles from here and this is the 1st time we've been.....tut-tut us!! What a lovely place set in beautiful rolling hills of Carmarthenshire. You don't have to be a fan of botany to appreciate this wonderful place, it has a special atmosphere.....totally relaxing. The hot house is impressive, the open gardens are packed with a massive variety of plants and veg's. Theres an apothecary + medicine garden. The restaurant is good too and not a rip off like some attractions are. Admission was £8.50 per adult and the ticket remains valid for a week!! Unbeatable value. Go here , you won't be sorry.

Visited July 2014
Thank Swan2555
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