Top 10 summer adventures at Tredegar and Dyffryn

When you explore, it helps us care for more. Get ticking off the top 10 adventures to be had at Tredegar House and Dyffryn Gardens this summer.

A boy toasts a marshmallow

1. Tick off some ’50 things’ 

Enjoy a memorable family day out this summer and tick of some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾, the National Trust’s ultimate bucket list for kids.

The cacti house at Dyffryn Gardens

2. Discover a world of plants  

From the tropical orchid house to the arid cacti house you can travel the world in the enormous glasshouse at Dyffryn Gardens. See colourful, spiky and exotic species of plants that flower all year round in the heat.

A child playing in the wild play area at Dyffryn Gardens

3. Go wild in the Log Stack 

The wild play area at Dyffryn Gardens has been built from 100% waste wood from our Arboretum revival project. You and your kids can wiggle along balance beams, jump from log to log and build a tepee den.

Silver studded blue butterfly on a flower

4. Discover beasts, bees and butterflies 

Ring in the summer months by exploring all the different habitats that house the beasts, bees and butterflies who call Tredegar House their home.

Child inspecting insects up close

5. Pick up an explorer backpack 

Get closer to nature with a handy one-stop shop for young explorers at Tredegar House. Learn how to use a compass, go pond dipping, scour the treetops for birds and identify the creepy crawlies in the undergrowth.

A group kayak on the lake at Tredegar House

6. Go kayaking on the lake 

Fancy braving the lake at Tredegar House in a kayak? Now is your chance as we are joined by Channel Kayaks over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Foxgloves in the Orchard Garden

7. Marvel at the blooms 

The three walled gardens at Tredegar House have blossomed into a showcase for all the senses. Listen to the birds and the bees buzzing in the Orchard Garden, kick back in a deck chair on the Cedar Garden lawn or admire the swirling parterres of the Orangery Garden.

Visitors looking at books

8. Browse for books in the second-hand bookshop 

Dyffryn Gardens has two second-hand bookshops. Browse through good quality books over a range of subjects and take a book into the garden to read in the summer sun.

Boy inspects an insect

9. Hunt for insects in the meadow

At Dyffryn Gardens we are restoring lots of habitats in the garden to encourage birds and beasties to make their home in our meadow. Bring a magnifying glass and see what you can find among the grasses and wild flowers.

A child playing croquet

10. Play croquet on the lawn

Try your hand at this simple looking but not so simple game, challenge your friends or family to a game and see who has the best skills. Open every day.