Winter lights at Dyffryn Gardens

Illuminated trees

See the gardens lit up like never before with our winter lights trail.

Winter lights

18 December to 5 January 4pm to 7pm, last entry 6pm. Closed 25 and 26 December.

National Trust members go free or normal admission prices apply 

As daylight starts to dwindle, Christmas lights begin to twinkle. Experience Dyffryn in a new light as you walk around the gardens at night-time under enchanting illuminations. The paths will follow our accessible route around the gardens, with delicious festive fare to tempt you along the way. Dyffryn House will be open late as well, so you can take in the spectacular views across the gardens, whatever the weather.

Visit the house

18 December to 5 January midday to 7pm, last entry 6.30pm. Closed 25 and 26 December.

Arrive in style as an honoured guest to the sumptuously decorated mansion home of Florence Cory. Your gracious hostess is throwing a charity celebration this Christmas to support important causes. Discover the philanthropic legacy of the Cory's and our work in the modern day, as dedicated volunteers and highly skilled experts revive this special place. In this festive season of goodwill to all, enjoy that Christmassy feeling at Dyffryn, all the while supporting a good cause yourself.


Winter warmers

Warm up before or after your winter walk in our tea rooms, we have 2 cafes, the Gardens cafe by the Visitor Welcome Centre and the Gallery cafe inside Dyffryn house, each has a slightly different menu. Last orders are 30 minutes before closing.

The Gardens cafe is open 10am to 6pm 18 December to 5 January

The Gallery cafe is open11.30am to 7pm 18 December to 5 January*

Both cafes will be serving festive hot chocolates and coffees, Christmassy sausage rolls and festive bakes. You can also pick up mulled wine and a hot turkey or festive falafel roll from the Gardens cafe. The perfect accompaniment to our winter lights walk.

*Please note the Gallery cafe will be closed on 18 December from 11.30am to 4pm for a private event. It will re-open from 4pm for the evening.



Can I buy tickets?

There are no pre-booked tickets for this event, National trust members get in free and we charge our normal admission prices for non members. 

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome in the gardens but must be kept on a short lead at all times. Only assistance dogs are welcome in the house and cafes. 

How dark will it be?

The car park and trail are lit with festoon lighting. There are areas of very low light so we recommend bringing a torch if you have one.

Where can I park?

We have a free car park on site, it has 1 electric charging bay. We encourage car sharing for environmental reasons. 

Can I bring my carer for free?

Yes, carers get in free. We allow one carer free entry per dependent. 

What is the last entry time?

Last entry is 6pm with the house and gardens closing at 7pm.

Will there be strobe lighting?

No, all lights will be on continuously. The only moving light we have is a disco ball to create a light snow effect.