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Garden:Gelli Aur | Golden Grove Arboretum and Gardens at Gelli Aur | Golden Grove

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Garden, free entry

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Gelli Aur / Golden Grove is a Country Park with 60 acres of wooded parkland surrounding a magnificent mansion. With commanding views across the beautiful Towy Valley, Gelli Aur/ was once the home of the Vaughan and Cawdor families. This 'Golden Grove', to use its English translation, has a wide range of attractions that the visitor will treasure.

Nature Trails
The nature trails explore woodland, parkland, ponds and meadow. In spring lesser celandine, wood sorrel and bluebells carpet the woodland floor. Breeding birds include pied fly catchers, chiff-chaffs and blue tits. During the summer up to five different species of orchid can be seen in the meadow. Butterflies include ringlets, small skippers and meadow browns. During winter keep an eye out for flocks of feeding birds; these include great tits, nuthatches, siskins and goldcrests.

Deer Park - currently closed
The 20-acre deer park has around 20 fallow deer. During the hey-day of the estate the deer park was once 400 acres with 600 head of deer. There are two types of fallow deer at Gelli Aur; those with dark brown coats and those with white-spotted light brown coats. The bucks cast their antlers in spring and grow new antlers in velvet through the summer. The rut is in October; with the does giving birth to fawns the following June.

The Aboretum
The arboretum, or tree collection, is 10 acres of mature trees and shrubs. The arboretum was planted in the 1860's by the Cawdor's head gardener, William Hill. Mature trees include Giant Redwood, Monterey Pine and Fern-Leaved Beech. The rhododendrons and azaleas are at their best in May. Recent planting has been carried out by the County Council to ensure the continuity of this outstanding feature.

The Mansion
The Mansion, with its crow stepped gables, battlemented portico and tall polygonal chimney stacks, is an impressive building. However, the original Vaughan 1 mansion built between 1565 and 1570 no longer exists. In 1804 the last of the Vaughans died childless and the Gelli Aur estate passed to the Cawdor family. It was they who built the present mansion between 1827 and 1832. where the family resided is in contrast to the long service wing.

House Tours with Lunch or Afternoon Tea available 3hrs - £25pp with lunch

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility Facilities

Coach parties by appointment

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open every day
Park: 9am - 6pm
Arboretum: 10am - 6pm
Glasshouse Cafe: 10am - 5pm


Free entry

Please note there is a charge for parking.




SA32 8LR


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Map reference: SN 595197  Lat: 51.85909 Long: -4.03873

2 miles west of Llandeilo

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities

Coach parties by appointment