National Botanic Garden of Wales

In a nutshell

A great day out in Carmarthenshire: over 8,000 plant varieties, themed gardens, glasshouses, play area, kids activities, bird of prey displays and more.


Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN

Contact details

Tel: 01558 667149

Activity type

Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

National Botanic Garden of Wales details...

The whole family will enjoy a day out at the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Carmarthen. You’ll find plenty of kids activities alongside an amazing collection of over 8,000 different plant varieties and a range of themed gardens to delight adults.

Allow a full day to explore the 560-acre site. Visit the Double Walled Garden to discover how plants evolved over millions of years, explore the Tropical House and view the huge collection of Mediterranean plants in the Great Glasshouse.

Don’t miss the Bee Garden – simply buzzing with activity! It’s a great opportunity for families to study honey bees at close quarters, in total safety behind large viewing windows. Watch a short film to find out about life inside the hive and learn which plants will attract insects by following the Pollination Trail.

Youngsters will be delighted by the imaginative adventure play area complete with zip wire, trampoline, multi-activity centre, special area for toddlers and more.

’From Another Kingdom’ is an interactive exhibition exploring the mysterious world of fungi and highlighting their importance to life on earth. Encounter a glow-in-the-dark mushroom and find out more about deadly poisonous fungi in a version of Russian roulette.

Stop at the Ghost Forest, an environmental art installation comprising enormous tree roots from Ghana, and reflect on the destruction of the tropical rainforest. Budding geologists will be intrigued by Rock of Ages, a display of Welsh geology covering hundreds of millions of years of history. Discover the imprints of creatures that lived over 400 million years ago and see proof that South Wales was once covered by giant tropical forests!

Less formal areas of the garden include Waun Las National Nature Reserve, the Wild Garden and Springwoods, all brimming with wildlife.

New for 2017 was brand-new attraction The British Bird of Prey Centre. Visitors will be able to enjoy incredible flying displays daily at 1pm (weather permitting). A great opportunity for kids to watch magnificent birds such as red kites, merlin, a barn owl and more in flight.

Please see the National Botanic Garden’s website for further details.

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