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Published January 14th 2018
Sun yourself in the Great Glasshouse in Wales
Visiting on a cold winter's day, we found plenty of things to see and do with the kids, so much that it's impossible to mention everything.

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Main Entrance


Heading up along the meandering Broadwalk with water features running through the middle, you pass by the Welsh geology display of rocks that span over 300 million years of history, then at the top, you get to the glasshouse, which is the world's largest single span glasshouse.



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Taken from botanicgarden.wales


Inside it houses plants from 6 different parts of the world, from Mediterranean basin, South Africa, Chile, Canary Islands, Australia and California. All of the plants are well labelled.

When we walked into the glasshouse, there was a local food fair in the top section, with a wide variety of food on offer. According to the signs and notice boards, there are regular events and exhibitions hosted there.

Inside the double walled garden, which covers over three acres, it has been split into several different areas, with each area having been designed to not only be nice to look at but also be informative, telling you about the evolution of plants through 150 million years of botanic history (unfortunately, pictures taken on dull winter's day). Our kids liked looking at and reading about all the different plants.



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Inside double walled garden


Within the walled garden, you'll find the butterfly house. It contains a large variety of butterfly species and we met a member of staff who was on hand and gave information about several of the species they had and answered our kids' questions. Unfortunately, due to the cold outside and heat inside, we couldn't take any pictures as our cameras kept fogging up.

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Butterfly house within double walled garden


There's a large children's play area that also has a toddler's area. This kept our kids happy and had enough variety of equipment that they could have spent hours there if we hadn't dragged them away.

Around the gardens, there are several different places to eat, including, at the entrance, glasshouse and stable block, though you can bring in your own food

A small garden centre and caf is located at the entrance and can be used without having to pay to get in.

Overall, I think you could easily spend a whole day here, with plenty of things to keep your family entertained.
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Why? To wander in nature and history
When: 1 April - 31 October 10:00AM - 6:00PM 1 November - 31 March 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Phone: 44 (0)1558 667149
Where: National Botanic Garden of Wales Middleton Hall Llanarthne Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN
Cost: Adult 10.50 9.55 Concessions: OAPs/ Disabled/ Students £8.75 £7.95 Children (5-16) £4.95 £4.50 Under 5s FREE FREE Families (2 Adults & up to 4 children) £25 £22.73 Single Parent Family (1 Adult & up to 4 children) £20 £18.18 Carers FREE F
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