The gardens

The gardens at Dyffryn cover more than 55 acres. With intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum, there's plenty for you to explore throughout the day. Over the next few years the gardens are undergoing an ambitious revival to restore them to their original 1920s splendour.

A garden for all seasons

The gardens at Dyffryn were commissioned by Reginald Cory and designed by the famed Edwardian garden designer Thomas Mawson in 1906.

As a keen plantsman himself, Reginald worked collaboratively with Thomas to create this garden oasis. The majority of the gardens you see today are true to the original design. There was also a strong theme of experimentation and fluidity to the planting as Reginald was passionate about propagating and breeding many exotic and foreign species that he and others brought back from plant hunting forays all over the world.

" One of the most enchanting features of the gardens is a series of intimate outdoor rooms. This was a typical feature for a grand house like Dyffryn. Over the summer of 2015 we restored three of these garden rooms back to their 1920s splendour."
- Chris Flynn, Head Gardener

The Pompeian Garden, inspired by Cory's trips to Italy, was built in 1909. Like its Italian namesake, it was designed with an impressive colonnade, a loggia and a central fountain in a lawn square.

The Pompeian Garden at Dyffryn Gardens
The Pompeian Garden at Dyffryn Gardens
The Pompeian Garden at Dyffryn Gardens

Visit the world in a day

A garden for all seasons there is always something new to discover at Dyffryn. Come rain or shine, enjoy the great outdoors and take a leisurely stroll through our evolving arboretum or visit the tropics in our glasshouse filled with orchids, vines and an impressive cacti collection.

The orchid house at Dyffryn Gardens

Discover the world in miniature in our glasshouse 

Visit tropical rain forest, dry desert and grape-filled vinery in our glasshouse. With lots of unusual and interesting species of cacti, orchid and vine it is a treasure trove for the garden enthusiast.