Gardens and Parks

If you love gardens and plants there are lots of places within easy reach of the cottages where you can admire, photograph, enjoy and often buy some treasures to take home and plant in your own garden.

If you enjoy visiting small private gardens the National Gardens Scheme currently has over 30 gardens located within 25 miles of the cottages. Of the larger public gardens here are some of the best -

Aberglasney

Wonderful medieval house and gardens featuring Elizabethan/Jacobean Cloister and parapet walk, walled gardens and 20 acres of woodlands. There is nice cafe and also shop with gifts and plants for sale. For a complete horticultural fix also visit the nearby (20 minute drive) Botanic Gardens.

More information: Aberglasney

National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Set in over 500 acres of parkland and featuring the world's largest single-span glasshouse as well as themed gardens, cafes, gift shop, plant sales this is a great day out for garden lovers and families alike.

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Margam Park

Margam Park is a remarkably diverse and varied landscape within which there is evidence of over 4,000 years of continuous habitation and use by man and as such represents a rare and valuable learning resource and a heritage attraction of considerable distinction.

It is of exceptional historic and scenic value and has some of the country’s finest architectural treasures in its magnificent setting.

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Clyne Gardens

You can spend several hours exploring these beautiful gardens, internationally famous for its superb collections of Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus, the gardens offer a haven of tranquility, lush planting and interesting features including a romantic tower and Japanese bridge.

Paths meander through the hillside garden with lovely views out over Swansea Bay from the top. In Springtime discover the delights of  bluebell woods and the dazzling show of flowering azaleas and rhododendrons.

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Singleton Park and Gardens

The beautiful Botanical Gardens are based in the old walled garden of Singleton Park.  The gardens contain fine specimens of rare and exotic plants from around the world. They are at their most spectacular during August when a full programme of events, tours and demonstrations are staged.

The Botanical Gardens house one of Wales' premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses.

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Craig-y-Nos Country Park

You’ll find tall trees, two rivers, ponds and meadows to walk around and enjoy. We have plenty of seats and picnic benches too. Most of the paths in the Country Park are on level or gently sloping ground and some have hard surfaces.

More information: Craig-y-Nos Country Park

Colby Woodland Garden

Beautiful woodland garden with year-round interest.

Set in a tranquil and secluded valley, this glorious, informal woodland garden with a fascinating industrial past is always bursting with colour and wildlife. Whatever the season, there's something to delight.

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