Where to go and what to do

The National Botanic Gardens of Wales,Llanarthne,Carmarthenshire, Tel 01558 668768 www.gardenofwales.org.uk

The National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in May 2000 – making it the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. In such a short time they have become the most visited garden in Wales,they have been voted the number 1 ‘Wonder of Wales’, ’Most Romantic Garden’, ‘Best Children’s Garden’ & ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ by the Western Mail,they also have been voted ‘No 1 Garden to Visit in Wales’ by BBC Gardeners’ World 2010 poll,In addition to this they also have been voted ‘Visitors Favourite’ by Carmarthenshire Tourism Association.

At the National Botanic garden,there is an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside.There is 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. There’re always plenty of activities for families to do in school and bank holidays, and there is a year round diverse programme of events that appeal to a wide range of visitors. It is 5 minutes drive away.

Aberglasney house and Gardens in Wales , Aberglasney , Tel 01558 668998 www.aberglasney.org

Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales. Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477. The story of Aberglasney spans many centuries, but, the house’s origins are still shrouded in obscurity. Aberglasney is one of the finest gardens in Wales , It contains a magnificent and diverse plant collection with many rare and unusual species. In the ruinous central courtyard of the mansion there is an amazing indoor garden. Some of the garden structures date back to the Elizabethan period and are unique in the UK. The garden, shop and cafe are open 365 days a year. It is 5 minutes drive away.

The Dylan Thomas Boat house,Laugharne, Tel: 01994 427420 www.dylanthomasboathouse.com

Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in 1914 and died in New York in 1953. He was one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century, and his work continues to resonate in the popular imagination: fans today include Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, and Mick Jagger, whose Jagged Films is currently working on a feature film of the writer’s life. Best known for his poetry and for the ‘play for voices’. Thomas first moved to Laugharne in 1937, living in a fisherman’s cottage before moving to ‘Sea View’, and finally returning to live in ‘The Boat House’ at Laugharne in 1949. He lived there with his wife, Caitlin, and children, Colm, Aeronwy and Llewelyn until the time of his death. Laugharne was the home of Dylan Thomas and the Boat House (where he wrote Under Milk Wood) is now a Heritage Centre of world repute. He and his wife Caitlin are buried in the local churchyard. It is about 40 minutes drive away.

Also close to the coast of Pembrokeshire , mountain bike centre at Brechfa 15 mins drive, salmon and sea trout fishing on the river towy .