Things to see & do

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What's on

Watering the plants

Join us for lots of talks and activities. From dahlia workshops and botanical art courses to free entry days we have plenty to keep you entertained.

See our events page for more information. 


Top plants in August

Starflowers in the wildflower border © National Trust

  • Trumpet Vine on the south front of the house
  • Rock roses in the herbaceous border
  • Bananas in the paved court
  • Starflowers in the wildflower border


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.

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 in September.

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.

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.

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 tea-room menu.


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.