The Gardens of South Wales

Staying at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel

5 DAYS | 31st May 2021

Join us as we visit South Wales and its collection of inspiringly beautiful gardens. Tucked away in the rolling countryside of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are some of the finest parks this area has to offer, both large and small, ancient and modern. Our tour includes a visit to the wonderfully restored “lost” garden of Aberglasney; a superb late 16th century garden, it was recently rediscovered and given new life after 50 years of neglect. We also venture to the woodland gardens at Picton Castle at Cae Hir, a Welsh garden with a Dutch history that is a must for every green-fingered visitor to South Wales. And no trip of this kind would be complete without a visit to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales; set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic with an inspiring range of themed gardens as well as the world’s largest single-span glasshouse.

Our home for our stay resides in the thriving market town of Carmarthen, the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel. Situated in an excellent location just a short walk from the town centre, the hotel promises a warm welcome and the comfortable lounge bar and restaurant offer seasonal menus. All bedrooms are en-suite with TV, WiFi and courtesy tea trays.

MONDAY
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to Ross-on-Wye where we stop for lunch. We then continue to Carmarthen and our base for the next four nights.

TUESDAY
After a leisurely breakfast we head to the pretty village of Laugharne where Dylan Thomas spent the last 4 years of his life. There will be free time for a stroll along the estuary and to have coffee before we continue to the seaside resort of Tenby for a leisurely afternoon.

WEDNESDAY
After a free morning to explore Carmarthen, we spend the afternoon at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales. This centre for research and conservation has everything from an Apothecary Garden to an Aqualab! Having taken a stroll by one of the three lakes, or the Japanese garden, or the bog garden, or even the double walled garden and Tropical house, why not have some restorative refreshments in the delightful café?

THURSDAY
We begin our day with a visit to Aberglasney, one of the county’s most exciting garden restoration projects made famous by the BBC series ‘A Garden Lost in Time’. Set in the beautiful Tywi Valley it has a unique Elizabethan cloister at its heart and over ten acres of magnificent gardens to see. After lunch we take a step back in time and visit the Gwili Railway for a picturesque trip on a steam train.

FRIDAY
Today we head for home, calling for coffee and a wander through the wonderful Margram Park. Together the Park and Orangery reside in the grounds of an extraordinary Grade I listed Tudor-Gothic castle and 12th century monastic chapter house. Having enjoyed the stunning sights of Margram we then join the motorway network making a late lunch comfort stop en-route. We aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel, 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to National Botanical Gardens, Aberglasney and Train ride.

£448.00 per person sharing twin/double
£54.00 single room supplement
£33.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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