Gardens around the Brecon Beacons
We have amazing countryside in the Brecon Beacons National Park but we also have some beautiful formal gardens to walk in. Many are scattered around the edges of the park in the more gentle rolling countryside. None are a long drive from Aberyscir Coach House and definitely worth considering for an alternative day out.
Firstly there is our famous botanical gardens sitting over on the Western boundary of the park. It has a great many themed areas with the center piece being the Great Glasshouse. The largest single-span great glasshouse in the world houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. outside the glass house you will see the Ghost Forest. This display of tropical tree roots is one of the most significant environmental art installations to come to Wales.
Aberglasney Gardens are just down the road from the Botanic Gardens. The fully restored Elizabethan Cloister Garden is the only surviving example of its kind in the UK today. You can explore 10 acres of woodland and formal gardens. There is a fully restored ground floor of Aberglasney’s grade II* listed mansion.
Hergest CroftGardens sits on the east side of the Brecon Beacons. It has glorious views towards the Black Mountains. The Banks family created the garden over 120 years ago. The Spring and Autumn colurs make this a garden for all seasons. It has a collection of over 5,000 specimem plants. Areas include the kitchen garden, Azalea garden and the Maple Grove.
Another garden on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons. The gardens and its follies were built and developed by Richard Pim who bought the land and mill in 1969. The follies include a stone water tower complete with gargoiles. The glass bottle dome is made from 5,000 coloured wine bottles. The small pool inside reflects the sunlight. Finally there is a water powered giant cuckoo clock. The gardens themselves are worth walking around and maybe a visit to the cafe.
There are many private gardens that open via the National Garden Scheme.
Aberyscir Coach House – Brecon Beacons Guide