Top tips for your visit to Dyffryn Gardens

Frost in the gardens at Dyffryn

Dyffryn is an Edwardian garden covering 55 acres near Cardiff, nestled in the middle of the estate is a grand Victorian mansion. Open all year round the garden offers seasonal displays, a full events programme and lots to see and do.

What time are we open?

Our closing times vary throughout the year, click here for current opening times. The gardens open at 10am and the house opens from midday daily, we are closed on 25 and 26 December. 

How much is it to get in?

National Trust members get in free, If you are not a member you can see our admission prices here. Your admission fee goes directly into helping us conserve and revive this special place now and for the future. 

A National Trust membership grants you access to over 500 special places across the UK, as well as various other benefits. For more information, ask one of the team in our visitor reception, if you buy your membership at Dyffryn all your money stays right here so we can continue to grow.

What can I see in the gardens?

Our gardens cover more than 55 acres. Including formal garden rooms, an extensive arboretum with towering trees, a glasshouse with some unusual cacti and succulents and our log stack play area for kids to explore their wild side. There is also a huge lawn for you to lay out a picnic near our newly-restored fountain. Find out more here. 

Seasonal highlights include wisteria, tulips and swathes of daffodils in spring. Two kitchen gardens produce a wide range of fruit, veg and cut flowers in the summer and autumn and winter sees the architecture of our champion trees revealed in all their glory.

What can I do in the gardens?

We have plenty of areas to explore including a huge wild play area, The Log Stack, for big and small kids. Take a stroll through our gardens to take in the season and relax in nature. We have two second hand bookshops, one in the house and one in the Gallery cafe, grab a book and find a secluded spot to enjoy a good read.

What can I do on a wet day?

The gardens are beautiful in all weathers, bring your wellies and get exploring.

If you want to stay indoors discover our enormous Victorian mansion which is unlike most National Trust houses, you can play the pianos, relax in the library, play a game of billiards and get creative with some crafts in the morning room. Don't forget to check upstairs to make your own perfume using all natural ingredients.

Whilst many of the rooms in the house are open to visitors, only a handful are furnished but you can still find out lots about the Cory family and marvel at the turn of the century architecture. 

On a wet day you can warm up in our tropical glasshouse. Split into 5 sections the glasshouse has a vinery, cacti and succulent house, orchid house and 2 areas which change seasonally. Find out more here. 

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome throughout the gardens but must be kept on a short lead at all times. Only assistance dogs are welcome in the house and cafes. Please, if your dog does foul at Dyffryn, do clean up after them. Our team at Dyffryn endeavour to keep the property clean for all our visitors to enjoy. 

How can I get there?

From the M4, take junction 33 on to A4232 (to Barry). Exit the second slip road, at the roundabout, take the fourth exit A48 (to Cowbridge). In St. Nicholas village, follow signs for Dyffryn. You will find the entrance to the property on the right-hand side of the road (left if coming from St. Lythans).

What parking is available?

Parking is free for everyone all year round. In the summer we have a field overflow car park, we do not advise anyone park on the field in the winter due to wet conditions.

We have one 32-amp charging port available for electric vehicle use.

How accessible is Dyffryn?

Although there are steps in the gardens we also have an accessible route that is marked on our map. This allows you to see the vast majority of the gardens with step-free access.

Currently, we do have a small number of mobility vehicles and wheelchairs available for free rental. We advise that if you require one of these, you contact our visitor reception ahead of your visit to book this service on 02920 590813.

We run a shuttle visitor buggy on site to assist visitors in navigating the gardens. This is run by volunteers so we cannot always guarantee this service. 

Food and drinks

We have two cafes at Dyffryn, the Gardens cafe next to the Visitor Welcome Centre and childrens play area with a lovely view of the Nant Bran stream. Our second cafe, The Gallery, is situated on the south side of the house looking out onto the gardens. Each serves hot drinks and snacks. The Gardens cafe also serves hot meals. 

Picnics

You are welcome to enjoy your picnic anywhere in the gardens, please take all rubbish to the bins provided. 

Can I smoke or vape at Dyffryn?

Dyffryn is a smoke-free site. No smoking or vaping is permitted on site.

Can I bring my Scooters/Bikes/Skateboards/Rollerblades/Fishing Nets?

Unfortunately, we do not allow any independent toys with wheels at Dyffryn (small trikes with adult control are fine). This is for safety reasons and to protect our various plants and wildlife. We can store small toys in our reception if necessary and we do have a secure bike rack for adult bikes.

We do not allow fishing nets in our ponds at Dyffryn. This is to protect our wildlife, particularly our endangered Great Crested Newts. 

Gifts and plants

We have a shop selling a wide range of gifts and souvenirs for all ages. Pick up some Dyffryn grown plants from our plant sales area, we also have an extensive second hand bookshop in the house. 

Where can I find out more about events?

We have many events throughout the year at Dyffryn. If you are interested in knowing more about what is coming up, keep an eye on our What’s On page and our social media channels.