Aberglasney Gardens, near Llangathen
Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series ‘A Garden Lost in Time’ which followed its restoration.
History of Aberglasney Garden This is one of Wales’ finest gardens and surround a historic house built in the 1600s. The garden and architecture are unique survivors not seen elsewhere. It is possible that the cloister garden dates back to the 1300s. The house was on the brink of collapse when it was rescued from oblivion in 1995. The house and gardens were bought by the Aberglasney Restoration Trust, the money donated by an American benefactor – Frank Cabot ( The late Francis Cabot (August 6, 1925 – November 19, 2011) was a financier by profession and a horticulturalist by disposition, creating two of North America's best-known contemporary gardens and helping to preserve many others for future generations - from the Daily Telegraph).
What to see?
- Aberglasney offers the opportunity to explore more than 10 acres of ancient gardens as well as an award winning indoor garden.
- A renowned plantsman’s paradise with a unique Elizabethan cloister garden at its heart.
- There are various areas with hundreds of different and unusual plants.
- The Stream Garden and Pigeon House Woods are to one side of the walled garden and there are good displays of bluebells in April.The borders here are much more informal in design and are a mass of colours especially in June.
- We could go on and on but other highlights include the Sunken Garden, The Asiatic Garden, The Rose Garden, and The Ninfarium.
- The ground floor of Aberglasney’s grade II* listed mansion has been fully restored and is a stunning venue for exhibitions and events throughout the year.
- There are 2 walled gardens, the lower garden is used for vegetables, whilst the higher one was completely revamped by Penelope Hobhouse giving the form of a celtic cross.
A garden not to be missed and worth travelling to see, you could combine this visit with the National Botanic Garden of Wales just 20 minutes drive away.
2020 Aberglasney Opening times - daily all year -see website for more details of dates and times.
Excellent café, shop and plant sales open all year. Disabled access to majority of gardens.
How long should I allow for a visit?
2 to 3 hours
When is the best time to visit Aberglasney Gardens?
Best between April and October but can be visited anytime.
- Street: Aberglasney Gardens
- Postcode: SA32 8QH
- City: Llangathen
- County: Carmarthenshire
- Country: United Kingdom
- Telephone: 01558 668998
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