Dyffryn Gardens is a hidden gem in the Vale of Glamorgan and an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design. Designed by eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson on 1906, the gardens are the early 20th-century vision of coal magnate John Cory and his son Reginald, a renowned plantsman who collaborated closely with Mawson.
The gardens cover more than 55 acres, featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms including a paved court, Pompeian garden, reflecting pool and rose garden. The enormous great lawn is bordered by seasonal bedding and a croquet lawn. There is also a large glasshouse with extensive displays of cactii and orchids, set within a working Kitchen Garden. Fresh Dyffryn-grown produce is used in café dishes, or can be purchased from the shop.
The 22-acre arboretum contains numerous champion trees and brilliant seasonal colours year-round. It is one of the most significant collections in the National Trust and is undergoing major transformation in the coming years.
Nestled in the centre is the remarkable Dyffryn House, a grand Victorian mansion which overlooks the key aspects of the gardens. The house is partially restored and tells the story of Dyffryn's history as well as the ongoing revival of these magnificent gardens.
Gardens: Open daily from 10am all year round (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Last entry 1 hour before closing.
1 Jan - 26 Feb until 4pm. 27 Feb - 2 Apr until 5pm.
3 Apr - 24 Sep until 6pm. 25 Sep - 29 Oct until 5pm. 30 Oct - 31 Dec until 4pm
House: Open from 12pm seasonally (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Open daily during local school holidays. Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
1 Jan - 26 Feb Thurs to Sun until 3pm. 27 Feb - 2 Apr Thurs to Sun until 4pm
3 Apr - 24 Sep Open daily until 4.30pm. 25 Sep - 29 Oct Thurs to Sun until 4pm
30 Oct - 31 Dec Thurs to Sun until 3pm
Admission Rates: National Trust members: Free. Adults: £9.60, Children: £4.80, Family: £24
Group Rates: Advanced booking only. Minimum group size - 15. Adults: £7, Child: £3.50
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Facilities: Shop, Plant Sales, Café, Seasonal kiosk, Second-hand bookshops, electric vehicle charging point.
Disabled Access: Yes, level access to majority of gardens. PMV loan (advanced booking required). Toilets on site. Lift available inside Dyffryn House.
Coach Parking: Yes.
Length of Visit: 3+ hours.
Booking Contact: Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SU
Tel: 02920 593328
Location: 7 miles west of Cardiff.