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Family days out at Dyffryn Gardens

A walking child under a Magnolia tree at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Under a Magnolia tree, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan | © Paul Harris

Dyffryn Gardens is a great place to visit with your family, from youngest to oldest, there is something to interest every member of the family at Dyffryn.

Planning your family visit

Here’s the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out at Dyffryn Gardens:

  • Children under five visit for free.
  • There are baby-changing facilities at regular intervals around the gardens as well as accessible toilet facilities.
  • There are pram, wheelchair and mobility scooter-friendly routes and wheelchairs and a mobility scooter can be rented (free of charge) from the Welcome Centre.
  • We have two log stack play areas.
  • For safety reasons we can’t allow any kind of children’s bike, scooter or trike in the gardens unless it has a long handle on the back and is controlled by an adult at all times.
  • Dogs are welcome so even the family pup can join in (please see here for information on visiting Dyffryn with your dog).
  • The cafe serves children's lunchboxes and a range of hot and cold food and drinks, as well as treats for your four-legged family members.
  • We also welcome picnics.

Spring at Dyffryn Gardens

Easter Adventures

Come to Dyffryn Gardens on 23 March – 2 April for a unique, engaging and playful Easter trail.

There are 10 activities this year, all are hands-on, Easter-inspired, egg-themed and designed for everyone in the family to enjoy. We’re bringing back a few firm favourites from last year such as the egg run, feed the bunny and animal dress-up stations and adding some special new additions too.

Complete the trail for an Easter Egg prize. Prices are £3 per trail (normal admission also applies) which includes an Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and dairy or vegan and Free From* chocolate egg. Find all the extra information you need on our events page.

*Suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergies.

A National Trust volunteer hands over an Easter egg to a child after they've completed the Easter Trail at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Family completes the Easter Adventures Trail at Dyffryn Gardens and claims their Easter Egg reward. | © James Dobson

Festival of blossom

The Festival of Blossom is an annual National Trust moment to help families connect with the beauty and meaning of blossom. We're running a series of events from 1 March - 31 May to help little ones appreciate and celebrate the nature around them during this season of renewed energy and beauty. These events include storytelling sessions and gardening trails and can all be found on the events section of this website.

A walking child under a Magnolia tree at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Under a Magnolia tree, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan | © Paul Harris

Log Stack play areas

There are two Log Stack play areas at Dyffryn, one outside the pay barrier near the Welcome Centre and a larger one in the Arboretum. These wild play areas have plenty of space for youngsters to run, jump, explore and play.

Balance along enormous trees which were felled as part of the arboretum revival plan, jump from log to log along the stepping stones and have a picnic on hand carved picnic stumps.

The area is home to squirrels, birds and lots of creepy crawlies, so bring a magnifying glass or some binoculars and get spotting.

Even in between events, Dyffryn is a great option for a family day out. With every new season the gardens change and evolve so there is always something new to see.

We also have self-led seasonal trails to enjoy. Pick-up a trail leaflet at the Welcome Centre to be guided round the seasonal highlights of the gardens. Please see the Visit the gardens at Dyffryn page for more information on the current seasonal walk.

And with a café, shop and second-hand bookshop (with a great selection of children's and YA literature), there’s always plenty to do at Dyffryn Gardens. So whenever you choose to visit, you know that you and your family will make some lovely memories.

Three young boys hop along wood rounds in Dyffryn Gardens' play area
Children exploring the play area at Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
Herbaceous Border in summer, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Discover more at Dyffryn Gardens

Find out when Dyffryn Gardens is open, how to get here and what there is to see and do on your visit.

The Gardens Cafe, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Eating and shopping at Dyffryn Gardens 

Enjoy hearty dishes and light snacks at the café with a tasty treat to round off your visit. Pop into the shop to pick up something special to take home.

A dog eating doggy ice cream outside the Welcome Centre, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Visiting Dyffryn Gardens with your dog 

Dyffryn Gardens is a two pawprint rated place. Find out more about visiting with your dog and how we’re making Dyffryn more dog-friendly.