Explore the gardens at Dyffryn

Walking trail

Enjoy a walk around the gardens at Dyffryn this winter. We’ve got an easy walk with plenty of rest stops and an all-important opportunity for recharging your batteries with something delicious at the end. Wrap up warm with a good pair of shoes and enjoy seeing the house, kitchen garden, glasshouses lawns and more.

Dyffryn house in the snow

Map

Dyffryn Garden trail outlined

Start:

Dyffryn Gardens visitor centre

1

Start at the visitor centre and walk towards the house. On your left you will see the Rockery, take the path between the trees to the top. This affords a great aerial view over the whole estate.

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The rockery at Dyffryn Gardens in the snow

2

Follow the path back down and around to the south front of the house, stop here to admire the seasonal bedding, this changes twice every year and is a particular area of experimentation for our gardeners.

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The Great Lawn and fountain

3

Continue past the Chinese Philosopher and into the first of two walled gardens. The first you will come to contains soft fruits, apples, pears and peaches. The larger of the kitchen gardens is used for growing salad, root vegetables and cut flowers.

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Ranunculus growing at Dyffryn Gardens

4

Follow the path down through the physic garden and cloisters to the paved court.

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The Paved Court

5

Walk straight on through the rose garden, the hedges have been stumped back in recent years to allow for better light to flow and to restore the original design of the hedges. Following the path you come to the lavender court, a hot spot for our rare great crested newts and see a sea of purple in the spring.

A family enjoying the herbaceous border

6

Follow the path along the vine walk, the route back to the visitor centre takes you along the east side of the great lawn and on through the arboretum, accidentally created from the original plant nursery it has grown into an expansive collection of thousands of woody specimens, champion and veteran trees.

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The arboretum at Dyffryn Gardens

7

After your walk reward yourself with something delicious from our café. You can enjoy tasting the produce from the kitchen garden in our home made dishes. Every penny spent at Dyffryn stays here to help with vital conservation work, thank you for supporting us.

Visitors enjoying a hot drink in the crowd

End:

Dyffryn Gardens visitor centre

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Terrain

Level footpaths around majority of the gardens, can be muddy at times in the Arboretum. Please ask in the visitor reception about our wheelchair friendly route.

Explore the gardens at Dyffryn

Contact us

By phone; 02920593328

By email; dyffryn@nationaltrust.org.uk

Explore the gardens at Dyffryn

How to get here

Address
Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SU.
By train

Cardiff Central. Approx 7 miles (11.3km)

By road

From M4 take junction 33 on to A4232 (to Barry). Exit second slip road, at roundabout take the fourth exit A48 (to Cowbridge). In St Nicholas village follow signs for Dyffryn.

Parking: on site

SatNav: If using the SatNav, type Dyffryn Gardens and use the post code CF5 6SU. When on Duffryn Lane, you will find the entrance to the property sign posted on the right hand side if coming from the A48, and on the left if you are approaching from St Lythans Road. Please note that just using the postcode CF5 6SU will direct you to a nearby farm and not Dyffryn Gardens.

By bus

X2 bus service to St Nicholas, then approx 1 mile (1.6km) walk along road without pavement.

Explore the gardens at Dyffryn

Facilities and access

  • Tea-rooms with indoor and courtyard seating
  • Shop offers a range of gifts
  • Onsite parking
  • Dogs are allowed in the gardens, however we do ask that they are kept on a short lead at all times