Things to see & do

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What's on

What can you find?

We have plenty of events and activities planned this summer, from den building and wheel Wednesdays to horticultural talks and garden writing courses.

See our events page for more information. 


Top plants in July

Rosa American Pillar © National Trust

  • American pillar rose in the herbaceous border
  • Hydrangea villosa group in the herbaceous border
  • Devil's tobacco in the tropical border next to the glasshouse
  • Cherries are ripening in the kitchen garden


Things to do this summer

  • Tuck into your picnic on the great lawn © NTPL/Paul Harris

    Have a picnic in the grounds

    Bring a delicious homemade picnic and a blanket and eat al fresco.

  • Pruning the trained apple trees © Paul Harris

    Ask the gardener

    Stop and ask one of our gardeners for tips on anything from pruning to rose care.

  • Frogs and toads visit the ponds to spawn ©

    Spot wildlife

    Our grounds are teeming with wildlife. Bring some binoculars and see what you can spot.

Dog walkers

A Labrador enjoys a treat whilst on his walk

We love dogs at Dyffryn. We want you and your pooch to explore the gardens and have a great day, but we do ask that dogs be kept on a short lead. Visit our dog etiquette page.

A thousand dahlias

Enjoying the dahlias © Geoff Durrant Photography

Enjoying the dahlias

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 a thousand dahlias have been planted over the last couple of weeks, the final one went in on 23 June. They will start to flower during August and September filling the borders with colour.

The lavender court

The Lavendar Court at Dyffryn Gardens © National Trust

The lavender is in full flower at the moment in the lavender court and smells divine.

Fruits and berries

Figs ripening in the Kitchen Garden at Dyffryn gardens © National Trust

Our kitchen garden is jam-packed with red currents, apples, pears, oranges, strawberries, figs and cherries, to name just a few. See how they are grown, then sample a few on the menu in our tea-room.


Herbaceous border

The herbaceous border bursting into summer colour © National Trust

Arguably the most dramatic garden of them all, the herbaceous border is jam-packed with the brightest and utmost beautiful flowering plants of the whole garden.