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Family days out at Dyffryn Gardens

Visitors by a pond at Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Visitors at Dyffryn House and Gardens | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

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.

Summer visits

Enjoy the feeling of freedom that summer brings by coming on a family trip to Dyffryn and watch your little ones run, jump, play and go on endless adventures throughout the gardens – you might even get some of the not-so-little-ones involved too.

A family playing summer games on the South Lawn at Dyffryn Gardens
A family playing summer games on the South Lawn at Dyffryn Gardens | © Aled Llywelyn

If you’re coming during the summer holidays there will be lots of activities to enjoy during our Dyffryn Gardens Games family event but there’s still plenty to do if you’re visiting during term time as well. Play hide and seek among the Garden Rooms or in the Arboretum; hop, skip, and jump from log to log in our two play areas or bring a frisbee or ball for a friendly game on the lawns.

Both the Gardens and Gallery Cafés are open every day during the summer holidays (during term time the Gardens Café is open every day and the Gallery Café is also open on weekends) so you can cooldown with cold drinks and ice creams or pick-up a kid’s lunch box.

This is the fourth year we'll have 'mini meadows' on the Great Lawn for little ones to run in and out of. One of the reasons we grow these meadows is to increase the diversity of pollinators, insects, birds and dragonflies. See how many butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies your little ones can spot and search for creepy crawlies in the hedges, grass, and bark chip.

Dyffryn Garden Games

From 20 July - 31 August Dyffryn will once again become home to the Dyffryn Garden Games.

There'll be several games and sports dotted around the gardens to help families get outdoors and play together this summer. Who will win the hurdles? Who will be the family table tennis champion? And who will take the prize at archery? Who will stand in first place on our special Dyffryn Garden Games podium?

Part of the National Trust's Summer of Play initiative, there's no need to book and no extra charge to play the Dyffryn Garden Games (normal admission applies - admission is free to National Trust members).

A child enjoying summer games on the South Lawn at Dyffryn Gardens
A child enjoying summer games on the South Lawn at Dyffryn Gardens | © Aled Llywelyn

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.

A father and son playing together in the the Log Stack play area at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
A father and son playing together in the the Log Stack play area at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan | © Aled Llywelyn

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.

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.