Visiting Dyffryn: What you need to know

A child jumping over logs in the wild play area

The gardens, shop and Gallery café are open, you no longer need to book before visiting. We ask everyone to follow Welsh Government Regulations when they visit. The house remains closed.

Arrival

You no longer need to book to visit Dyffryn, you can just turn up on the day. Please follow government regulations and wear a face mask when indoors. We are continuing to take track and trace details on arrival. 

What can I see in the gardens?

The gardens have changed since the pandemic hit, there are areas of the gardens that are still a work in progress. Some parts of the garden have had to forego their planting schemes this year due to the implications of covid, so you can expect to see some empty beds and forlorn areas on your visit. We still have plenty of areas that are looking as fabulous as ever and are thriving.

Dyffryn is a restoration garden, this means that when the garden has a period without being worked on, the impact is more dramatic than in a fully restored garden. Weeds come back with a vengeance and infrastructure shows wear and tear more readily. 

We are on a path to restoring Dyffryn to its historical splendour, but we're at the very beginning of this journey. We hope you enjoy seeing the gardens evolve and improve on each of your visits to us over the coming years. 

Areas that are open are:

  • The Great lawn
  • Part of the Arboretum
  • The South Garden and Vine Walk
  • The Croquet Lawn
  • The West Garden
  • The Paved Court
  • The Rose Garden
  • Upper Walled Garden
  • The Log Stack

Areas we have had to close are:

  • Lower Kitchen Garden
  • Herbaceous Border
  • The Bothies
  • Part of the Arboretum
  • Pompeiian Garden

Toilets

All our toilets are now open for you. These are located at the main entrance, by the Kitchen Garden, the Log Stack and an accessible toilet by The Gallery cafe. 

Food and drink

The Gallery cafe is open every day. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and hand sanitiser is available to use on your way in. We are accepting card payments only, no cash will be accepted. 

Picnics

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

Dogs 

Dogs are welcome to come with you during your visit to Dyffryn, however we do ask that they are kept on a short lead at all times. There are plenty of dog waste bins on site for you to use. For everyone's enjoyment, we ask that dog owners are mindful of other visitors during their time here. 

The Log Stack

The Log Stack is now open for you to enjoy, please follow guidance on the signs in the area to keep the space safe for everyone. We ask that you wash your hands before playing and keep a safe distance from other families. 

We have a brand new, smaller, wild play area by the Visitor Welcome Centre. Built by our garden team it uses wood felled from the gardens and is a smaller version of the Log Stack designed with younger children in mind. 

Accessibility

We have 2 wheelchairs and 1 mobility scotter available for you to borrow. These can be booked in advance by emailing dyffryn@nationaltrust.org.uk.