Enjoy our April break from the comfort of the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel. See the spring colour at the National Botanic Garden and Aberglasney and admire the glorious scenery of the Gower Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Day 1 After your taxi pick up, we travel across to Gloucester in time for lunch. We continue to our hotel in Carmarthen. There will be a welcome drink before dinner so that you have a chance to meet your fellow guests.
Day 2 Today we visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales, which was created within a beautiful Regency park, with over 100,000 plants and the Great Glasshouse as its remarkable centrepiece – making it perfect for all weathers. Conservation is an important element of the gardens and it is home to the Welsh Rare Plants Project. We have included entry to The British Bird of Prey Centre. Take a walk around the aviaries, enjoy a conservation talk by one of the falconers or watch one of the flying displays (weather dependant). The afternoon is free in Carmarthen.
Day 3 We visit the pretty resort of Tenby this morning and this afternoon we travel further west to Pembroke. Here we have a guided tour of the castle, once the magnificent home of the Earls of Pembroke, and enjoy tea and scones in the Castle Café.
Day 4 This morning we visit the Gower Peninsula, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, and stop at the Heritage Centre before continuing to Mumbles. Our afternoon is spent at Aberglasney Gardens, a remarkable site recovered from years of neglect and restored to its former glory.
Day 5 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel to Cardiff for free time over the lunchtime period. We then cross the Severn Bridge and continue to the south coast and our taxis.
Once a favoured retreat of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, our three-star hotel is within walking distance of Carmarthen. Sympathetically modernised, the hotel retains its old-world charm. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has a bar, spacious lounge and terrace, a gym and sauna, WiFi and a lift and provides two nights of entertainment.