Things to see & do

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What's on at Dyffryn Gardens

Stargazing at night with telescopes

Join us for lots of talks and activities. From stargazing evenings and lecture lunches to free entry days we have plenty to keep you entertained.

See our events page for more information. 


Top plants in September

Monkshood in the herbaceous border © National Trust

  • Dahlias on the south front
  • Californian fuchsia on the rockery
  • Monkshood in the herbaceous border
  • Grapes on the vine walk


Things to do this autumn

  • Walking in wellies © Guy Harrop

    Go on a welly walk

    Grab your most colourful wellies for a wonderfully wet walk.

  • Grab a good book to read in our newly finished Red Library © National Trust Beatrix Potter Collection 2014

    Read a book

    Snuggle up on the sofa in our newly finished Red Library.

  • Pick up some conkers to play with your friends © National Trust Beatrix Potter Collection 2014

    Collect conkers

    We have several horse chestnuts for you to collect conkers.

A thousand dahlias

Visitors admiring the brightly coloured dahlias in the garden © David Levenson

Visitors admiring the brightly coloured dahlias in the garden

This year marks one hundred years since Dyffryn's dahlia trials. We are celebrating by re-creating how it would have looked, felt and smelt by packing every border, bed and pot with different dahlias.

Over the last few months our fantastic gardeners have planted over a thousand dahlias in our borders. They are just coming into bloom now and will be looking at their best this month.

Pay with dahlias

Get free entry to Dyffryn Gardens in exchange for 7 blooms © National Trust

Get free entry to Dyffryn Gardens in exchange for 7 blooms

Donate seven dahlias on 25 September to receive free entry on the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Your dahlias will be used to create a spectacular display in the house to celebrate the centenary of the 1914 dahlia trials at Dyffryn. 

7 blooms gains free entry for one person to the gardens. Email or call us on 02920 593328 for more info.

Apples and pears

Pears from Dyrham are used to make delicious Perry. © Steve Holbrow

Our apples, pears and grapes are ripened to perfection and are looking fat and juicy. Come and see them in the kitchen garden and vine walk. Don't forget to have a taste in our tea-rooms.


Wildflower borders

Beautiful wildflowers at Dyffryn Gardens © National Trust/Jonathan Buckley

The wildflower borders have burst into life this week and are attracting lots of bees, butterflies and insects. Pick up the wildflower identification sheets in the garden to discover something new.

Red Library

Browse the shelves in our second-hand book shop © National Trust

We have just finished moving our second hand book corner into the Red Library. You can now enjoy the room as it was intended and while away an afternoon with a good book.