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Eating and shopping at Dyffryn Gardens

Cheese scones in a baking tray
Cheese scones in a baking tray | © William Shaw

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 hot meals.

Crockery service makes this is a great place for an eat-in meal. Choose from seasonal one-pots, jacket potatoes, toasties, sandwiches, salads and pasties. We also have hot and cold drinks, cakes and bakes, snacks and ice cream, as well as doggy ice cream and cakes too.

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

The Gardens Café is open every day, with hot food served until 3pm.

In the heart of the gardens, pop in for takeaway hot and cold drinks, pre-wrapped and ready to go bakes, cakes, pasties, sandwiches and snacks at the Gallery Café. We also sell ice cream here (both for humans and dogs).

Sit in or takeaway and while you're there you can browse for books in the popular second-hand book shop.

The Gallery Café is open daily during school holidays and on weekends and bank holidays from 11am - 3.30pm, 1 April - 3 September 2023.

Going plastic free

We’re working hard to reduce our use of plastic at Dyffryn and this starts in the food outlets. We have compostable coffee cups and biodegradable straws and drinking cups. 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.

Cafe staff, Gallery Cafe

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.

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

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. We have a varied selection of herbs, shrubs, bulbs and perennials, as well as a selection of plants grown here so you can take a piece of Dyffryn home with you.


Bring your own garden to life with our range of garden decorations, sculptures and plant stakes.


We have a wide range of food and drink items, including jams, fudge, curds, chocolate and more - there’s something to tempt everyone. Our entire food range is made in the UK.


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

Local artisans

We also stock arts and crafts from local Welsh suppliers, ensuring that you can find something unique to Dyffryn when you shop with us.

Kitchen Garden produce

Periodically we have fruits and vegetables harvested from our own Kitchen Gardens for sale. When available, these can be found just outside the Shop and Welcome Centre.

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.

Autumn 2023

A shop assistant restacks the children's bookshelves in the gift shop at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Children's books for sale at the Dyffryn Gardens Gift Shop, Vale of Glamorgan | © James Dobson

Children's toys and books

Pick up a little gift for a little person with our range of kids' books, toys, crafts and knickknacks.

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