enquiries@tywigateway.org.uk Parc a Gerddi yr Esgob, Abergwili, Sir Caerfyrddin SA31 2JG


When is the Park open?

We are open 365 days a year, from dawn until dusk. The visitor centre is open between 9am & 5pm, 7 days a week (café opening times).

Is it free?

Yes! Entry and parking are free.  

What’s the address?

Our address is: Parc Yr Esgob-Bishop’s Park,  The Old Bishop’s Palace, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire SA31 2JG

Click here for Directions on Google Maps. 

What can I see and do?

Bishop’s Park has over 800 years of historyhorticulture and wildlife to discover – with beautiful new pollinator-friendly gardens, mature treeswildlife-rich woodland, a SSSi oxbow lake (Bishop’s Pond) and great flood-plain meadow

If you have a few hours, or half a day…

Bishop’s Park is a great place for a walk, to meet friends or to relax and unwind on the grass or on our new benches.  Visitors from near and far can easily spend half a day here – with lunch or afternoon tea in the cafe.  As well as interpretation panels to follow throughout the park, you can discover more of the history, horticulture and wildlife of the Park in our visitor centre.  Or book on a guided tour.

If you have a whole day… 

Choose a sunny hour or so in the Park exploring the interpretation panels, or book on a tour to see inside the walled garden followed by lunch in the cafe.  Spend the afternoon discovering the fascinating history of Carmarthenshire in the Museum.

What’s here for families?

Families are welcome here.  Stop by the café (open 9am-5pm, 7 days a week) or bring a picnic, explore the different areas of the Park and have a good run around!  In the Woodland Garden we have a giant beech log to balance on and scramble ropes to test your climbing skills.  Spot wildlife including swans, coots, ducks and herons on Bishops Pond.  If you’re lucky you might spot a kingfisher or an otter! 

There is plenty of space here for children to enjoy and lots of lovely new benches to pause for snacks and take in views of the Tywi Valley.  Accessible toilets are available in the visitor centre between 9am and 5pm.

Download family trails and activities here or pick up a copy in the visitor centre.

Read more about Staying Safe in the Park

Is the park accessible for disabled visitors?

It’s central to what we do to ensure that the site is as inclusive as it can be.  Our main new paths are wide, flat and wheelchair friendly and we regularly welcome disabled visitors and volunteers.  Due to the constraints of the site, towards the very easternmost section, the woodland paths are formed of larger stones and not suitable for wheelchairs –  but a good circuit can be done of the site on mobility scooter or in a wheelchair.  The new bridge to the Great Meadow is step-free, and our café is step-free with accessible WC. 

Are dogs allowed?

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.  Please ensure you pick up and bag your dog waste and dispose of it in the bins provided.

What’s on in the Park ?

We have a lively programme of events, courses and workshops  –  from children’s art workshops to horti courses, to our revived Bishop’s Park Show. 

Find out What’s On at the moment.  

What’s open and bookable?

The Park is open during daylight hours, and we have a café, learning centre, and toilets housed in the Bishop’s old outbuildings – dairy, pantry, brewhouse and laundry.

We also hold regular tours of the site including the 18th century walled garden, which is not normally open to visitors – contact us to find out more if no tours are listed.

Is the walled garden open?

The walled garden is open only on guided tours and special open days.  Book a tour or find out about our events.  

Can I bring a group or start a club in the Park?

We welcome groups and can offer private tours and talks, and we’d love some volunteers to set up regular clubs.  Contact us to find out more.

How can I get involved?

As a charity we could not continue our work conserving and maintaining the Park without a team of committed volunteers – so we really need your help.

Find out how you can Support our Work.  

A beautiful place to explore, to unwind and to immerse yourself in history and nature.