There's a special experience waiting to be discovered at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Paid for by a remarkable fundraising effort, the Regency Restoration project is the largest piece of work undertaken by the National Botanic Garden of Wales since it opened in May 2000.

More than 200 years ago, it was one of the UK's finest waterparks. It has taken five years and more than £7 million. It’s seen the restoration of a 0.9 mile (1.5 km) lake, a waterfall and a cascade; a new 350 metre (1148 ft) long dam built and six new bridges. 

There are miles of perfect paths that take in all of the amazing features and lots of wildlife to discover including kingfishers, brimstone butterflies, otters and wild trout.

Cascade surrounded by greenery.
Wild flowers overlooking a lake with trees in the background.

National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Botanic Garden is also now home to the British Bird of Prey Centre, a unique collection of raptors and the only place in the UK you can see a golden eagle and a European sea eagle fly, with stunning flying displays every day. It provides awesome encounters with remarkable creatures and up-close-and-personal experiences with owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, kestrels and red kites.

The Botanic Garden’s centrepiece is the awesome glass dome that is Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse, home to one of the finest collections of Mediterranean climate-zone plants in the world.

A little further and there is the ambitious Arboretum, where we are growing trees and shrubs from around the world with wild collected seed - planted for the future and growing fast.

Further still and your clients will be on the wider estate where clearly-marked routes will transport them to new and amazing revelations – wild waxcap meadows where brightly coloured red, green and yellow fungi nestle and where the trees and hedgerows throng with whitethroats and flycatchers.

Not far from here, our carefully managed hay meadows reveal a treasury of orchids and other almost forgotten, stunning countryside wildflowers like ragged robin, yellow rattle, knapweed, greater burnet, eyebright and an abundance of orchids.

Make sure you include in your itinerary the unique and historic Double-Walled Garden, a steamy Tropical House, the busy Bee Garden, our Welsh heritage orchard and a newly-planted grove of more than 100 cherry trees.

For admission or booking information contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1558 667149 or email gatehouse@gardenofwales.org.uk.

Published 8 July 2021

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