Earlier this year, Plantasia Swansea reopened its doors after a whopping £1.1 million revamp.
We’d visited previously and found it ok, but a little tired, or naff as my husband called it. But to be fair, when we’d visited I’m not sure much had changed from when it first opened in 1989. So following news of the makeover we were keen to pop in and see what it was like.
What to expect at Plantasia Swansea:
The concept is the same as before; a large triangular shaped greenhouse which is home to an impressive indoor rainforest with a cascading waterfall at its centre.
It is a multi-scensory place to visit. With its luscious greenery a feast for the eyes, sounds of the rainforest and exotic smells. The humidity in there also somehow adds to the jungle experience.
The heat was welcome on such a cold autumnal day. Just be sure to wear a t-shirt and not a jumper. I saw a couple of mums in their thick winter woollies looking like they were going to pass out.
While walking around the exhibition you get to come face to face with many live species. Expect to see meerkats, marmoset monkeys, snakes, tiny caiman crocodiles and various creepy crawlies.
New additions such as the interactive learning stations were nice to see. Kids could crawl through a colony of ants, play true/ false when identifying trees and experience how a fly feels when trapped in a venus fly trap.
Whilst there was information on boards, I do think that there could have been more interesting facts at each of the exhibits. I also felt that the displays didn’t flow as a story. Subsequently I’m not sure it was clear in terms of what it was trying to educate visitors on.
By walking to the top of the building you will have a birds eye view of the gardens and the waterfall. It is also a good spot to look out for the crocodiles below.
The highlight of our visit was the animal encounters. We were able to meet and hold a madagascan cockroach, a giant snail, a snake and a tortoise. Whilst the lady was happy to share information if asked, I would have expected there to be more of a talk given on the animals you were meeting.
Saying that, there were separate animal talks scheduled during the day. Unfortunately we managed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up missing them. So I’m afraid I can’t comment on them, but I did hear that they were good.
Our Verdict on Plantasia Swansea:
We really enjoyed our visit. From start to finish we were there for around two and a half hours. If you stop in the cafe then you’ll probably be there for longer.
Plantasia Swansea was a huge hit with my little ones, and for this reason no doubt we will return. It certainly made for an enjoyable couple of hours on a wet and windy day. Also despite the half term it wasn’t overly busy, which is always a bonus.
On our visit they had a free Halloween trail with two different clue sheets – one for older and one for younger kids. The trail was good fun and you got a sweet treat at the end.
Plantasia was also decorated out in halloween style with cobwebs and creepy crawlies. A couple of them made my youngest jump out of her skin, especially the snake as she thought it was real. It looks like they have lots of additional events and activities planned to coincide with weekends or school holidays so its worth looking out for them.
Cost per adult £7.00, child (3+) £5.00 or a family ticket for £21.00.
Address: Parc Tawe, Swansea, SA1 2AL
Website: You can visit the Plantasia Swansea website HERE for additional information.
Parking: Free parking in the adjacent car park
There is a cafe on-site located to the side of the entrance, which looked nice but we didn’t try it on this occasion.
For more family days out be sure to visit our 101 List of things to do in Wales with Kids HERE.
For more places to visit on rainy days see our rainy days post HERE.