A Family Day Out At The National Botanic Garden Of Wales

By Andrew Wright Harpists

Set 30 minutes east of Bluestone, the National Botanic Garden of Wales provides the first stopping point for many of our visitors with a beautiful mix of modern and historic gardens, woodland trails and the world’s largest single span glasshouse. 

National Botanic Garden of Wales
New for summer 2016 is the Plas Pilipala (Butterfly House to those who don’t currently speak Welsh).

Butterflies
Our last visit to the botanical garden was for a wedding fair back in 2009 and we were interested to see how the garden has grown during that time.

As we passed through the entrance we were informed of the day’s special events taking place at the garden. These included a family harp workshop and concert in the great glasshouse, and much to the excitement of our 22 month old son a vintage tractor run.

Looking at their website the garden runs almost daily guided walks, family activities, courses and concerts to name a few things to do.

National Botanic Garden of Wales
Just passed the entrance is a lake full of lilies and dragonflies. From here you get your first provides your first view of the great glasshouse on the horizon, which looks part Bond villain lair and part Grand Designs.

National Botanic Garden of Wales
A lazy path dotted with modern sculpture and Welsh geological features takes you to the main formal gardens. We first headed into the double wall gardens, which are true to their original regency splendour, and also contain the new addition of the butterfly house that lives up to its name as several species flutter around you. New hatchings are also released daily at 3pm.

GardensFlowers
Their newly built playground was our next port of call, with a large area for the bigger children containing swings, zip wire, trampoline and more. We headed to the dedicated toddlers area and as usual with Dylan the slide was the real winner. Sadly for him we still had a few more areas to visit but he appeared satisfied of leaving when I informed him he would see some tractors.

Playground
Entering the great glasshouse you’re greeted with the heat of tropics as the expanse of glass develops your view. We were also treated to a harp recital that gave a subtle soundtrack as we wondered around the paths in our whistle stop tour of the world.

Next up was the vintage tractor run, where over 70 tractors of various age and condition chugged passed the lake and up to the glasshouse.

Sadly we were short of time and left after several hours at the gardens, we could have easily taken a whole day exploring in greater detail or heading out on the woodland trails towards Paxton’s Tower which can be seen on the horizon.

For opening hours, prices and events please visit: https://botanicgarden.wales/

If your tempted to visit then why not make Bluestone your base for exploring.

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Categories:Family, Summer

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