Dyffryn Gardens are a
peaceful oasis on the outskirts of Cardiff, boasts 55 acres of exceptional
Edwardian garden design with the unique Victorian Dyffryn House situated at the
heart of the property. Considered by Cadw to be the best Edwardian gardens in
Wales, the National Trust site features a stunning collection of intimate
garden rooms, formal lawns and glasshouse showcasing an impressive cactus and
The kitchen gardens provide a bountiful harvest of fruit and vegetables that supply the on-site cafés. The striking great lawn, which can be seen in all its glory from the upstairs of Dyffryn House, flows from the property’s croquet lawn, which is kept to international competition standards. Offering an exotic feel to the gardens with all-year-round colour is the 22-acre arboretum on the east side of the property, holding one of the most significant collections of trees in the National Trust. This substantial tree garden is undergoing development as part of a five-year revival project to protect unique and rare specimen trees within the arboretum, including a number of Champion Trees.
Open from 10am every day except for Christmas and Boxing Day, there is ample opportunity to explore the gardens with their experimental themes, taste the produce in the cafés and shop at reception. A regular programme of events also means that there are plenty of things to see and do.
Looking beyond the botanical displays, you’ll see evidence of the garden design of eminent landscape architect, Thomas Mawson, who was commissioned in 1903 by John Cory, a coal entrepreneur and important figure in South Wales during the Victorian era. The originality of the garden’s arrangement was due to Mawson’s collaboration with Reginald Cory, John’s son, who was a passionate plantsman and funded several plant hunting trips across the world.