And the winner of Special Places 2015 is...

Three deckchairs look out over a beautiful view of the Surrey Hills

The past 12 weeks has seen people vote in their thousands for their top Special Places in Wales, as part of our national conversation to find the nation’s most treasured place.

Thousands of votes secured Dyffryn Gardens’ position in the top five last month, as winner of the parks and gardens category. And today, the magnificent Edwardian gardens have been announced as the people’s official number one Special Place in Wales.

A third of the final votes

Launched in May, Special Places kick-started a summer of campaigning by many iconic places in Wales to be the place that represents all that’s great about our country.

An iconic Welsh landmark that’s steeped in history, Dyffryn Gardens scooped more than a third of the final votes, and was nominated for its breath-taking landscaped gardens, which include its famous cacti collection, arboretum and the recently-renovated 1920s garden rooms.

Nestled in the heart of Vale of Glamorgan, the site was taken on by the National Trust in 2013 and since then has reinforced its reputation as a must-see tourist attraction for visitors both old and new.

Its latest projects include the restoration of its famous garden rooms, which saw a number of the intimate garden rooms restored back to their 1920s splendour. These garden rooms re-opened just last month as part of the gardens’ Late Night Thursday events over the summer period.