National Botanic Gardens of Wales
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales is approximately 30 minutes drive from Swansea and is a beautiful place to visit. It has an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside. The centre has developed a stunning range of themed gardens that appeal to a wide range of visitors, from those who just love the sight and smells of flowers to those who want to know about medicinal plants or the latest DNA research into plant evolution.
The centre piece is the world’s largest single spanned glasshouse, designed by the architect Norman Foster, that has the best display of mediterranean climate zone plants in the Northern hemisphere.
The Gardens are very family friendly and there’re always plenty of activities for families to do during the school and bank holidays. Seasonal trails are organised and children and grown-ups are challenged to hunt out plants and piece together clues. Children are encouraged to look down microscopes and drawing, making and planting activities are available. If your children just wants to play, not only is there a huge amount of space to run around in, they can enjoy the Roots and Shoots Adventure Zone, a willow play area with slides, climbing frames, tunnels and musical blocks. There’s also the Wild Bunch, a special club for 5-16 year olds who want to keep coming back because they have such a great time here.
In October 2010, The centre was awarded the Welsh tourism’s marque of quality.