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“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
Reviewed July 14, 2013

I went to this expecting great things as it is the national centre, I took . Whilst I thought the walled garden and greenhouse were impressive my wife and her mother who love gardens and gardening were bored, and we left after a couple of hours despite picnicking there. Speaking to them afterwards they said they thought it 'average'.

3  Thank paul s
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Although not very well advertised the national botanic gardens are well worth the journey especially if you are travelling from or to west wales. The entrance fee of £8.00 allows you unlimited visits for seven days.there is the worlds biggest single span roof and more little areas than i can describe in a review...cafe and restaurant lakes,and thousands of flowers and veg.a wonderful day out.(i dont work for them)

1  Thank rhyshywel
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Forget Aberglasney nearby which is going down the pan, these gardens in the hot sun today were looking magnificent. The car and coach park were fairly full, but at times you are almost alone in the grounds as they are so extensive.
Well done to the team of volunteer gardeners who do so much to support the small permanent team.
PS Why does the cash till never work when we visit in the restaurant....total shambles again which is a pity as the food is good.

Thank Graham H
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

A must if you are in the area, good parking with a short walk to the enterance, next to the Cafe/plant shop when inside make use of the sit on train {runs on chipfat] to be taken to the best viewing points by Brian the driver and expert guide. you get to see the long view of the lake more of the grounds thar you may want to walk and loads of imformation about the develapment of the 590 acre's. you can have tea and cake's in the The Great Glasshouse [mind the cheeky sparows they will help themselves to your cake] afterwards enjoy the profusion of flowers on display I took about 100 photos.We then made our way down the slope towards the walled gardens following the water towards the rocks of ages and enjoying the lovely show of poppys. we entered the walled garden though the middle gate had a very pleasent time exploring, leaving to view the Sculture garden and ten heading for the bog garden then headind down the broadwalk past the Welsh Water Discovery Centre and to the Plant Sales/Cafe for a yummy strawberry ice cream { earned of course.}You can go back in if you wish to and if you like book try the second hand book shop very good value. Well worth a return trip.Very different to Eden in Cornwall with much more history including Nelson. Enjoy

Thank jeep10_11
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We recently visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales and we found it interesting. The hot house, had some interesting and beautiful exotic plants and flowers. The large glass house is well worth a visit, and again had some very interesting flowers and plants from various parts of the world. My partner and I are not garden enthusiasts but we do like unusual flowers and to see exotic plants, so the botanic garden gave the opportunity to be able to see some of these. The double walled garden was also pleasant to walk around.

We had lunch in the restaurant which was served very efficiently by pleasant staff. The quality of food in our opinion was really good and the salad was very fresh. There are quite a few different sections to see at the attraction and we considered that it was an interesting and enjoyable place to spend a few hours on a Sunday.

We will return again.

Thank Sunshine51_12
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