A selection of beautiful botanical gardens in South Wales, perfect for visiting in the spring.
Garden lovers will get much from a trip to South Wales this Spring, with many exceptional gardens to visit. Gliffaes, with its own exceptional garden, makes a great base from which to explore these gardens.
Llanover Estate Garden is a wonderful early spring garden, with plenty of magnolias, daffodils and tulips within its 15 acres. In addition, there are many unusual and large specimen trees. Have a look at their website for more detail.
Just over an hour from Gliffaes set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the National Botanic Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Over 8000 different plants and trees are planted over the 540 acres of Regency parkland. It boasts the largest single-span glasshouse in the world mimicking natural environments from around the globe. There is a good restaurant and shop on site, and if you are staying at Gliffaes we can give you a two-for-one entry ticket.
Aberglasney House and Gardens are close to the National Botanic Garden of Wales so a combined visit is recommended. In a project similar to the lost gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, the walled gardens and the cloistered garden at Aberglasney have been restored to their former glory over the last 25-30 years. The results are quite spectacular, with beautifully trained fruit trees, neat rows of vegetables and herbs and a beautifully restored pool garden. Next to the pool garden, you can enjoy a simple lunch sitting in the sun watching the birds swoop over the pool. The house is worth visiting as well.
Just a couple of miles down the road from the hotel near Llangorse lake is the Walled Garden Nursery, a very enterprising establishment that always has a good selection of hardy plants and fruit trees. Combine a trip with a visit to the bird hide on the shores of Llangorse Lake.
There is a very good page on the Visit Wales website of a further 10 houses and gardens to visit, all of which are within very easy reach of Gliffaes.
Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities here, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.
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Described as “a beautiful science laboratory”, the National Botanic Garden of Wales boasts a plethora of plants, numerous species of wildlife, a vast array of different trees and its own dedicated bird of prey centre.