Dyffryn Gardens
Dyffryn Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Magnificent Edwardian gardens flowing from grand vistas to intimate spaces overlooked by a large mansion Dyffryn Gardens are an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design. Covering more than 55 acres they feature a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian garden and several ponds. The enormous great lawn is bordered by seasonal bedding and a croquet lawn. There is also a large glasshouse, statuary collection, and arboretum featuring trees from all over the world. Designed by eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson in 1906, the gardens are the early 20th-century vision of coal magnate John Cory and his son Reginald. Within the gardens, Dyffryn House, a grand Victorian mansion overlooks the key aspects of the gardens. Parts of the ground and first floors have been restored and are unfurnished.
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  • Margaret L
    Cardiff, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant surprise!
    We were disappointed to read some of the negative reviews here, and almost decided against visiting, but as we were in the area and members of the NT, we thought we'd pop in for lunch. (Parking, NT shop, café and one of the children's play areas accessed for free.) As it was still the school holidays, this area was very busy with families enjoying a day out. We managed to find a table and enjoyed our lunch: soup, coffee and cake - delicious as always at NT cafes. Afterwards, we thought we may as well take a look inside. The crowds thinned as we strolled through the grounds, although still quite busy near the house itself. It was pleasing to see that some of the scaffolding had been removed, giving us a glimpse of the beautifully restored building. Hopefully it won't be long before we can visit inside again and view the further restoration. The beds at the south front of the building were a delight, so we wandered up to the long borders which had been a desert last time we visited due to the ongoing battle with pernicious weeds. What a sight for sore eyes: the newly planted herbaceous perennials were stunning! Obviously it's a work in progress and the last part of the borders sadly showed the amount of work still to be undertaken. There are still areas of the garden which need a lot of hard work, but it is good to see the progress, and the Conservatory, Pompeii Garden, Paved Court, Reflecting Pool and Canal were lovely. We'll be back to check out the autumn colours and see what further progress has been made.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Dreckly
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A warm welcome and relaxing stroll
    A warm welcome from Sharon the Welcome volunteer who was friendly and informative as were the ladies in Reception. Interesting to see the extensive work they are doing to the facade of the house, the completed front contrasting the continuing work on the front. Extensive Gardens still full of colour in the diverse 'rooms' which they are divided into. Autumn trail helpful and interesting, wish I lived nearer as the golden colours increase over the next few weeks. A relaxing stroll away from the bustle of life in general. A friendly goodbye as we left. Always appreciated. Thank you and well done Dyffryn.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Catriona H
    Teddington, United Kingdom1,320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dog friendly, National Trust, lots to see
    Lovely gardens to look round, lots to see. Cafe was closed while we were there for renovations (1 wk) but Dyffryd Gardens is incredibly dog friendly and a great place to stretch your dog’s legs. Would recommend
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Kathryn
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outdoors Easter trail fun
    Today we did the Easter trail with the kids (aged 9 and 7) and had a fantastic time. There were fun, simple games dotted around the gardens. It kept the kids really engaged and great outdoors time and space to run between games. The games were Easter themed, kids friendly versions of things like egg and spoon racing, croquet, giant egg kerplunk. £3 plus normal entry and then there’s always the log playground for them to run around in, right next to the cafe - so you can have a cuppa whilst they run around.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 25, 2024
  • ALT P
    68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Gardens Shame about the House
    Visited on a nice sunny day, NT have done a great job with the garden in three years, plenty of walks to be done and after a nice cafe to have a coffee and a sausage roll which was excellent. The house and gardens belonged to the council after the owners had stripped it bare they tried a few things but did nothing to the house or gardens, the NT took it over on a 10 year lease, I reckon after the lease has expired the council will have it back and do the house up and open it as a destination hotel, I hope this does not happen. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2024
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Pontypool, UK9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Spent the day there yesterday and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I understand that most of plants wasn’t in bloom but the whole site could do with some basic improvements.
Firstly when we entered it took a fair while to get to the counter, there seemed to be plenty of staff around but only one till? A few more would have been better. Also we had a brief introduction to the site but a map would have been nice. We was directed to a map further down the path and told to take note of it. The map was a scraggy worn out piece of paper stuck to a board. Poor show.
Walking around we found numbers that was listed on the map but no information about the area we was in. A nice display describing the area the history etc is needed, simple stuff.
The cafe prices were eye watering, I bought 2 lattes, a sausage roll, a tuna baguette and a pasty and it came to over £20, £4 per item, and the quality was quite poor really.
The log park was fun but it really needs some other activities and it should be closer to the front of the site were parents could watch their children from a distance.
Written May 3, 2021
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louiseholistic
Penarth, UK1,390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The gardens on the whole are looking tired and unloved. We’re local, and last visited a couple of months ago when things were looking good and well tended. I know a lot of volunteers have left - Dyffryn’s choice, not the volunteers’ - and it’s beginning to show. Such a shame as this is a beautiful place. The entrance area looks very scruffy, with the children’s playground made much smaller. And still no refreshments available here, meaning that locals can’t visit the cafe and shop without paying the entrance fee. A very strange decision as this cafe was always very popular and busy. We’ve been to a few NT properties in other parts of the country since lockdown and they’re all looking good. Our visit to Dyffryn was a disappointing one.
Written August 31, 2021
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Paul T
Newport, UK62 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Whilst I understand that CV19 has had a detrimental effect on all NT properties, I was appalled at the state of these once magnificent gardens. Surely even a basic cohort of staff and volunteers could have maintained the gardens during lockdown. I was saddened and appalled at how the gardens have deteriorated since my last visit. Even basic lawn cutting, weeding, dead heading of roses, cleaning of waterways etc have been neglected. As a member my visit was free. If I had been a paying visitor, I might have asked for a refund. In normal circumstances I would highly recommend a visit to these (once) beautiful gardens. However NT have let themselves down on this occasion. The gardens are currently sub standard and not worth the entrance fee if, unlike me, you are a paying visitor.
Written July 15, 2020
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Enid C
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A beautiful place to visit which I have done on many occasions. A little disappointed yesterday however. The admission prices had been increased but places such as the glass houses were closed even though the directions given in the gardens suggested they were open and we followed them. There was no indication on booking or on entry that they were closed or that they were reopening at the weekend to allow us to change our day of visit. In saying this nothing distracts from the wonderful gardens and flowers and the work that is going on to improve Dyffryn for the future.
Written July 28, 2021
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barabrithWales
Pwllypant, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Well done Dyffryn for your graft and persistence during the pandemic. Your hard work shows in the beauty and variety of the gardens. Love this place it is different every time we visit.

The craftsmanship invested in the children's log trail makes it enchanting to children and adults alike. Take a picnic blanket though as only a few picnic benches- lots of benches in front of the house but they are the cafes. I guess the lack of bins it to encourage you to take rubbish home - there is one by the cafe.

It really didn't matter that a few areas were not available to the public as you could see staff had been working on the fountain and central lawn which was simply stunning.

Support the National Trust, they have really taken a battering financially during the pandemic. Our Family ticket includes our Grandchildren which is great as they love going to Dyffryn.
Written July 21, 2021
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Steven C
Worle, UK195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A beautiful place which we went to for the Christmas lights walk. We enjoyed it alot. The house was magnificent and there were some amazing musicians in one of the rooms playing Christmas songs on really old instruments. Very interesting stuff. We even had a try. The walk was lovely, illuminated trees, light bulb lit paths all the way round. Parking was ok too. Cafe closed as we arrived and the other had a till malfunction, but it didnt affect our enjoyment of the visit. Lovely, lovely.
Written January 19, 2020
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Atticus Finch
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Some National Trust properties are very well cared for. This one isn’t.
I’m not sure who is in charge here if anyone. They spend money on new plants and trees then don’t care for them and allow them to die. Last year the main pond was cleared of all the lilies and they were left to die outside the shop. They got rid of all the fish in the ponds and they are now just full of blanket weed. They claim to be taking Dyffryn back to the way it was originally. Judging by all the thistles, that would be long before the house was built and the gardens created
The house is closed, as is the main cafe. Money spent on kitchen furniture and restaurant wasted, wooden exterior left untreated. The bird feeding station outside the cafe has disappeared in deep grass. There used to be croquet on the lawn….gone, the management decided that they didn’t want the croquet group any more. Many areas are not open, this is not accurately shown on the map.
Dyffryn lacks vision and direction. It only has excuses.
Written July 1, 2022
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Karen W
Netley, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Although it was March and a very wet and windy March the gardens still looked amazing, with the daffodils snowdrops and primroses bring such needed colour. The wooden wall is charming and magical. The National Trust are restoring the gardens.
Gardens for every type of occasion.
In the house they have photographs of the original gardens, with painting showing all the different colours, helping the team restore them back to their glory. So where you see red climbers in the painting you'll actually now see them in the gardens.
They croquet lawn was under water when we went but it was still a wonderful view.
Written March 18, 2020
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Jon R
Swansea, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I fully appreciate that Covid-19 will have affected the upkeep of the gardens. But I was shocked at how poor the experience was today. Virtually nothing is in bloom, the lawns are terribly overgrown and there are weeds everywhere. We saw one gardener at work in the 90 minutes that we walked round. We only travelled from Swansea, but if I’d travelled further (as many families had done today) I would have been very annoyed. The pictures on the website bare NO resemblance to what is currently on show. Hugely dissatisfying.
Written August 6, 2020
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Pritcha12
Hengoed, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
We used to visit Duffryn all the time before NT managed it. The majority of the ornamental gardens are closed off, no fountains running, children’s play area has been demolished and replaced by logs, the cafe has moved and the house is closed. I appreciate Covid has impacted maintenance, but this should be disclosed before people pay. Luckily, I am a NT member, but if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be happy to pay full price.
Written May 23, 2021
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