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Family days out at Dinefwr

Boy playing Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire Wales
Playing with dogs at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire, Wales | © National Trust Images / Trevor ray Hart

There’s always something to do at Dinefwr, whatever the weather. Explore the spacious rooms of the House, discover what’s new in Fairy Village, enjoy lunch in the café, take a walk around the ancient Welsh parkland and woodlands, or if you are feeling energetic, head to the majestic ruins of Dinefwr Castle.

New Oak Yard play area

This summer something special is happening at Dinefwr. The traditional courtyard is being transformed into a new creative play area called the Oak Yard. All the usual fantastic Summer family fun is still happening; dress up in Newton House, climb up to Dinefwr Castle, say hello to the White Park calves or spot the deer sunbathing in the park. But this year there is even more for the whole family to enjoy at Dinefwr. There might even be some space hoppers!

New Oak Yard play area – opening 20 July 2024

Transforming the old courtyard into vibrant indoor and outdoor spaces for play, the Oak Yard is a space where imaginations can run wild.

Get wet with water play, hide in the maze of sheets, build dens, tunnels or whatever you can imagine from sheep hurdles and discover what else is around the Oak Yard. The new-look second-hand children’s bookshop is a place for story-tellers to fuel their imagination and for teens there is a special area to relax and recharge.

In the centre sits the baby Oak tree symbolising a new future for this traditional space.

This is a test for this summer, and we would welcome your thoughts and feedback to help shape the future of the Oak Yard.

Play outdoors

Let off some steam in a natural playground of 800 acres of parkland, meadows and woodlands for running, jumping and playing in. Find a shaded picnic spot underneath the veteran trees to relax in and don’t forget to enjoy an ice cream or cold drink from the new takeaway café in the Visitor Centre building in the car park.

LEGO at Newton House

Try on some handmade costumes in the Drawing Room or have a go at the board games, puzzles and colouring scattered throughout the house. Go hunting for the minifigures on the LEGO trail around Newton House - you will need to use your best detective skills.

Take part in our family-friendly events throughout the year, view upcoming events here.

Family watching deer at Dinefwr
Family watching deer at Dinefwr | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Planning your family visit

To help you plan your day out in advance, here’s some key information:

  • You can find all our opening times here for the different parts of the estate. Please check before you travel as opening times for certain areas may change depending on the season.
  • Dogs are welcome around most parts of the estate and in the house and café. Read more about visiting with your four-legged friend here.
  • Toilets can be found in the visitor’s centre at the car park and within the basement of Newton House. Disabled toilets and changing facilities are in the visitor’s centre at the car park.
  • Admission prices can be found on our webpage here (National Trust members enter for free).
  • If you’re visiting with a wheelchair or pushchair, there is level access from the car park to Newton House. Accessible, level paths can be found to the front of Newton House, but please note that some trails may be unsuitable and there is no lift inside the house. If you require assistance or more information, please ask a member of our friendly team.

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