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Eating and shopping at Dyffryn Gardens

The Gardens Cafe, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
The Gardens Cafe, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan | © Milly Kelly

Enjoy delicious drinks and dishes in the café and shop for souvenirs, accessories, homeware and plants in the shop.

The Gardens Café

Nestled by the peaceful Nant Bran stream next to the children's play area, the Gardens Café offers a selection of delicious cakes and light meals.

Crockery service makes this is a great place for an eat-in meal. Choose from toasties, sandwiches and pasties as well as hot and cold drinks, cakes and bakes, snacks and ice cream. We have food for human and canine visitors with a selection of doggy ice cream and cakes as well.

Situated before the pay point it is an ideal spot to enjoy a snack or light meal after or before a stroll around the gardens.

The Gardens Café is open every day from 10am. All items are subject to availability.

Pop into our Gallery Café in the heart of the gardens for a selection of hot and cold drinks, toasties, sandwiches, pasties and sausage rolls as well as cakes and bakes, snacks and ice cream (for both humans and dogs).

Sit in and browse the books in our popular second-hand book shop or take your drink with you round the gardens in one of the reusable takeaway cups. Simply return the reusable cup to either of our cafés or pop it in one of the designated green and black returnable cup bins so we can wash it, sanatise it and use it again.

The Gallery Café is open during school holidays and on weekends and bank holidays from 11am, 23 March - 3 November 2024.

Going plastic free

We’re working hard to reduce our use of plastic at Dyffryn and this starts in the food outlets. We have reusable take-away cups (simply take your hot drink on your walk with you and then return the cup to either of the cafés or pop it into one of the reusable cup bins) and biodegradable straws. Our sandwich packages are made from vegetable starch, and we stock glass bottled drinks. We’re committed to reducing our use of single-use plastics.

An F&B worker displaying cakes at the Gallery Café at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
The Gallery Café at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan | © James Dobson

Allergen information

Most of the food and drink served is prepared on site in our kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free.

If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.

Always check when you visit

Visited before? We sometimes change our recipes to improve quality and flavour, including the ingredients. When you visit, please speak to one of our team to check the current allergen information for your favourite dish.

A selection of items at the shop at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
A great selection of items are always available in the shop | © James Beck

Shopping at Dyffryn

There is lots on offer at our Dyffryn Gardens Gift Shop. From books, fashion and kitchenware to handy gardening tools, plants and dog treats, the shop is sure to have something to tempt you.

We have a wide range of seasonal plants for sale and all our plants are grown here in the UK in peat free compost. There is also a selection of plants grown here so you can take a piece of Dyffryn home with you. You can also bring your garden to life with our range of garden decorations, sculptures and plant stakes.

If you're a foodie we stock a tasty range of food and drink items, including jams, fudge, curds, chocolate and more. Our entire food range is made in the UK. Periodically we also have fruits and vegetables harvested from our own Kitchen Gardens for sale.

You can make your home cosy and beautiful with our range of homewares. We also have arts and crafts from local Welsh suppliers, ensuring that you can find something unique to Dyffryn when you shop with us.

Dyffryn is very popular dog-walking spot so we carry a range of toys, accessories and treats (including ‘woofins’) for our four-legged visitors.

Second-hand bookshop

Our popular second-hand, volunteer-led bookshop sells books of every genre, from children and YA literature to crime and historical fact and fiction, to craft and cookbooks. There are also comfy seats so you can browse and sample the selection at your leisure. See if you can find a romantic inscription on a flyleaf or a stray bookmark left at the back of much-enjoyed book. Our book volunteers work hard to display the books clearly and beautifully, making the Gallery Café (where the bookshop is located) a lovely place to shop for your next read.

By picking up a great read or donating a book you’re supporting the vital conservation and development of Dyffryn Gardens so that it can continue thrive for many generations to come.

Thank you

It is through your purchases and support that we can continue to care for the nature, beauty and history of Dyffryn Gardens, for everyone, for ever.

Handmade soap and handmade felted Daffodil broaches for sale at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Handmade gifts for sale at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan | © James Dobson
Herbaceous Border in summer, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

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