Gardens of South and West Wales12th Apr 2024
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 superb woodland gardens at Upton Castle and Picton Castle along with some interesting private gardens, including Dyffryn Fernant, built from scratch by Christina Shand and Llwyngarreg, which makes the most of the local climate and soil.
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What to Expect
- Beautiful woodland gardens surrounding the castles of Upton and Picton
- An imaginative private garden at Llwyngarreg
- A day of striking contrasts at the innovative National Botanic Gardens of Wales and historic Aberglasney
- Stunning Pembrokeshire scenery
|To be advised
|London, Tothill St, Westminster
|Reading, Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
|Swindon, Holiday Inn Express, Frankland Rd
|Bristol, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
** 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. **
Day by Day Itinerary
We depart from our pick-up points (London, Reading, Swindon, Bristol) and travel to Cardiff, near which lies the magnificent Dyffryn Botanic Gardens, a Grade 1 listed Edwardian garden designed by landscape architect Thomas Mawson displaying a series of garden ‘rooms’ enclosed within clipped Yew hedges. There is something to see year round at Dyffryn – a Roman garden; Japanese garden; fountains and pools and an arboretum containing trees from all around the world including the original Acer Griseum collected by ‘Chinese Wilson’. Dyffryn is one of the best 100 gardens in the UK as selected by the British Tourism Association. Our tour manager Tony Russell will join us here and conduct a guided tour of the garden. Lunch is available here (not included).
We continue our journey to Pembrokeshire and our accommodation at the Beggars Reach Hotel, Burton. Prior to dinner, Tony will give us an introductory talk on the gardens of the region.