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“Nice gardens but a bit disappointing”

Aberglasney Gardens
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Owner description: Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series "A Garden Lost in Time" which followed its restoration. Today it is quite simply one of Wales' finest gardens. A renowned plantsman's paradise with a unique Elizabethan cloister garden at its heart, Aberglasney offers the opportunity to explore more than 10 acres of ancient gardens as well as the award winning Ninfarium: a special indoor garden filled with exotic plants from around the world. The gardens and the fully restored ground floor of Aberglasney's grade II* listed mansion offer a stunning venue for exhibitions and events. Aberglasney Gardens, the highly regarded tearooms, our shop and plant sales area are OPEN EVERY DAY (except Christmas Day.)The gardens are largely wheelchair friendly, (wheelchairs can be pre-booked.)
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Had watched a television programme years ago about the discovery and renovation of the gardens and although we enjoyed our visit we felt something was missing. May be a history of the renovation would have made an interesting presentation and a bit more about the background of the garden - guess we may have got both had we bought a guide but some sort of exhibition would have been good.

Thank Hilary L
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Very good garden which continually improves. However, we booked Head Gardener tour who failed to appear - 10 minutes after the 11am start we were told he would only arrive in time for the 12 noon tour. We have visited several times & there were few visitors when we arrived about 10.30 am especially as there was a Gower Craft exhibition in the house. This exhibition was disappointing compared to the last one where there was a marque with a wider range of crafts. Some of the planting was repetitious but this may be inevitable for a garden still under development.

Thank 62DrH
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Positively bursting with history, contrasting gardens, unusual plantings, we spent over 5 hours here. I had never heard of the place before so it all turned out to be a lovely surprise!

There's a little spring running down to the side of the house, a fun little tunnel formed by centuries old yews and we were completely wowed by the ninfarium in the main house. It's astounding that all of this came about thanks to an American benefactor and determined volunteers transforming what was a derelict shell of an old house and overgrown gardens in about 20 years.

It's very much a collection of gardens, each with its own distinct character. The alpine garden contains a gorgeous array of hydrangeas in different hues; I loved the giant fig taking over one of the walls and would love to return in a few years, when the wisteria by the sunken garden has established itself. No doubt the garden is still evolving and more transformation is on the cards.

The cafe deserves special mention ... inside cosy, the front counter crammed with cakes. Outside, stylishly relaxed, one half under canvass the other half under parasols, overlooking the large ornamental pond. And oh, what a menu!

Thank jeizza
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

What a lovely place....beautiful grounds and gardens....interesting layouts with different 'garden rooms'. Well worth a visit, particularly just before the school holidays. Annoyingly though, despite it being a National Trust/RHS (can't remember which) place, you can only use your membership in Jan and Feb.....when horticulturally, there is very little going on....seems a very mean policy....would have given it 5 stars if I could have used my pre paid membership.

Thank Yvieh
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

4th visit since 2001; always something different to explore and to review the changes. Wonderful transformation

Thank lynt72
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