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Apothecaries’ Garden and Apothecary Hall – National Botanic Garden of Wales
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A visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Near Llanarthne in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Apothecary Hall – the building houses a Victorian style chemist / pharmacist display.

In the stone barn next to Millennium Square, you’ll find the Apothecary’s Hall, a late 19th century pharmacy where most medicines were made from plant materials and extracts. Here you will see a range of ‘shop rounds’ containing tinctures, syrups and powders. These were chiefly used to produce pills, ointments and potions using the kind of mortars and balances that are on display. Compare the wide range of proprietary medicines, and their exaggerated claims, against the products of today.

You also have a rare chance to read a real prescription book, written in Latin.

Above the counter, you cannot miss the magic mirror. This unique look-back in time offers a series of short stories about an Edwardian apothecary and his apprentice. Each 3-4 minute vignette looks at different aspects of their work, with a Welsh language version following the spoken English version.

Apothecaries’ Garden

Through its historical association with the Physicians of Myddfai, this part of Wales has a special historical relationship with medicinal plants.

They created this garden in 2003 to give our visitors an idea of the variety of medicinal plants from Wales and around the world, and the uses they have been put to. Visitors also get the chance to see the actual plants featured in the jars and drawers in the Apothecary’s Hall.

Looking back to Millennium Square and to the Stable Block, Restaurant, Gift Shop, Gallery.

Theatr Botanica is on the left.

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