5 days

From £745

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Summary

Tucked away in the rolling countryside of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are some fine parks and gardens, both large and small; ancient and modern.  The centrepiece of our tour is the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the first garden of its type to be created in the United Kingdom for 200 years. This spectacular re-interpretation of the historical garden blends the careful restoration of the historic, double-walled garden with Norman Foster’s Great Greenhouse, the largest single span glasshouse in the world, where mere panes of glass separate the familiar green hills of Wales from a panoramic sweep of warm, Mediterranean scenery.  

By contrast Aberglasney is a superb 16th/17th century garden, which was discovered after 50 years of neglect and has been restored to produce a garden with immense appeal, including a unique Elizabethan/Jacobean cloister and parapet walk. We visit two superb woodland gardens, at Picton Castle and Upton Castle along with Cae Hir, which has established itself as one of Wales’ best loved gardens. Singleton Botanic Gardens, home to a spectacular herbaceous border.

We also visit some interesting private gardens, including Dyffryn Fernant, built from scratch by Christina Shand and Lamphey Walled Garden, which demonstrates how quickly a garden can be restored and improved, and round off our tour in the tranquil surroundings of Dyffryn Botanic Gardens have also been recently restored to Thomas Mawson’s original 1904 design with the help of lottery funding.

Tour highlights:

  • Classic Edwardian garden at Dyffryn
  • Beautiful woodland gardens surrounding the castles of Upton and Picton
  • An imaginative blend of the wild and the cultivated at Cae Hir
  • A day of striking contrasts at the innovative National Botanic Gardens of Wales and historic Aberglasney
  • Visit to Dylan Thomas’s former house in Laugharne – your chance to ‘rage against the dying of the light’

Departure Routes

Location Depart Return
London
Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
07.00 21.00
Reading
Outside Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
08.15 19.45
Swindon
Holiday Inn Express, Frankland Rd
09.30 18.30
Bristol
Bus stop outside DoubleTree Hilton, Redcliffe Way
11.00 17.00

Location Depart Return
Plymouth
Bus stop outside Anglia House, Derrys Cross Roundabout
08.00 20.00
Exeter
Bus stop, South Street, outside Newham Stores
09.00 19.00
Taunton
Bus stop on Castle Way, outside Mecca Bingo
09.45 18.15
Gordano services (Bristol)
Coach parking bays, Welcome Break Gordano
11.00 17.00

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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Today's Price
£745

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £195

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
5 September 2022 BGWW220905 5 September 2022 (Monday) 9 September 2022 (Friday) £745
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