- Dinefwr Castle10:00 – 16:00
- Billiard Room Restaurant10:00 – 18:00
- Boardwalk10:00 – 17:00
- Deer-park10:00 – 17:00
- Grounds10:00 – 18:00
- Newton House10:00 – 18:00
- Parkland10:00 – 18:00
- Shop10:00 – 18:00
- Skomer One of the best places to see bluebells in Wales – plus of course the puffins and other sea birds.
- Castle Woods at Dinefwr near Llandeilo.
- Aberglasney a very special place with some beautiful gardens.
- Dinas Nature reserve for those who love birds especially.
- Colby which is only half an hour away.
- Springwoods at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales near Carmarthen
In April I visited the wonderful National Trust property of Dinewfr Park in the Towy Valley about 35 minutes from Old Oak Barn. Dinewfr in the Spring is now an annual walk for me because there is such a variety of beautiful Spring sights and sounds there. But it is such a beautiful estate with so much going on whatever time of year you visit. In April of course the trees are beginning to come into leaf and the bluebells too make an appearance. You wont be disappointed if you visit.
Opening Times are as below:-
This hollow tree is begging to be made into a Fairy House!
Dinefwr is the only parkland National Nature Reserve in Wales and is bursting with colourful flowering plants. It is well known for the Bluebell display on Rookery Ridge which is on the Cattle trail. When I was there the wild garlic was also out.
It will cost you just £8 for adult entry and £4 for children.
It is famous of course for its herd of White Park cattle and the deer – which I was lucky enough to capture crossing my path in the woods in mid April.
Best places to see Bluebells in Wales
People often wonder where are the best places to see bluebells in Wales – well here at Old Oak Barn we have our own 40 acre Allt Cwmpalis which visitors can roam freely. It is a semi natural ancient woodland we have been managing for 30 years and provides a haven for birds, wildlife, flora and fauna. These are all typical scenes I took myself with my iphone in early May in our bluebell woods here at Old Oak Barn in 2016.
This particular shot below was taken in a small patch of clearfell which has been replanted with cherry, which if you look carefully you can see are growing well.
We are so fortunate to be able to see this beautiful sight every year and for those planning a visit in early May the photos below show other scenes taken in the woods in 2016. The swing which hangs off the old oak is much loved by children and adults!
But if while staying here you would like to visit other locations which have bluebells then we can suggest a visit to the following :-
Sometimes there are guided walks for those who love a Bluebell Walk which if you were staying at Old Oak Barn in the first week of May would be ideal. The link will take you to the day planned for Skomer on 8 May which is probably the best week in the whole year to visit the island. Currently we still have some availability early May! From 1 May for a 4 night break. There are lots of videos on youtube which can prepare you for the amazing scenery in May – Yvonne Stanley posted this one of the Skomer Bluebells for example.
Old Oak Barn near Carmarthen has 40 acres of woodlands to roam – with lots of tracks and paths which we maintain so that you can wander at leisure.
Towards the middle end of April the bluebells will begin to flower and depending on the weather they will put on an amazing show for up to a month.
In recent year small patches have been clearfelled in the woods as part of our woodland management programme – all felling is undertaken under license. Replanting over the past few years has been very successful and now the woods provide a great variety of habitats for wildlife and birds. We have two small areas which are left undisturbed completely. The small log cabin which has been in the woods for over 25 years is much loved and nearby we have two swings and a good picnic area where you can have BBQs and a real camp fire. We look forward to the holiday season of 2015 when visitors will be able once again to enjoy this semi natural ancient woodland as it is classified. We are confident the bluebells will put on another glorious show!
Click here – Bluebell Woods to see where else you can visit woods throughout the UK which have bluebells.