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Dyffryn Gardens

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Address: Dyffryn House | St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, St Nicholas CF5 6SU, Wales
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+44 29 2059 3328
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Magnificent Edwardian gardens flowing from grand vistas to intimate spaces...

Magnificent Edwardian gardens flowing from grand vistas to intimate spaces overlooked by a large mansion Dyffryn Gardens are an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design. Covering more than 55 acres they feature a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian garden and several ponds. The enormous great lawn is bordered by seasonal bedding and a croquet lawn. There is also a large glasshouse, statuary collection, and arboretum featuring trees from all over the world. Designed by eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson in 1906, the gardens are the early 20th-century vision of coal magnate John Cory and his son Reginald. Within the gardens, Dyffryn House, a grand Victorian mansion overlooks the key aspects of the gardens. Parts of the ground and first floors have been restored and are unfurnished.

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A place to visit over and over again

Beautiful gardens to wander around or to sit and daydream. The vegtable plots are also interesting to observe throughout the year. Really helpful and informative staff.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful gardens to wander around or to sit and daydream. The vegtable plots are also interesting to observe throughout the year. Really helpful and informative staff.

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Haven't been at Dyffryn Gardens for many years. it has certainly improved since that visit. We enjoyed a lovely stroll through the gardens and a very nice cup of coffee, and a piece of cake, at the cafe. There are a number a smaller intimate gardens set to one side of the great lawn, which were full of summer colour... More 

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Thank alunwyn
Barry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well cared for National Trust Property and Gardens. Everything is tended to a neat and tidy level. The House is being sensitively restored and the Cafe is welcoming with tasty treats.

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Thank CarolynD552070
London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Dyffryn many years ago when it was a conference centre so I returned during a trip to Cardiff. What a difference! The old residential accommodation has gone and the house and gardens are undergoing a massive restoration by the National Trust. I was particularly interested in the house because I am interested in the 'work in progress'... More 

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Thank GreyPoundLondon
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a very cold day but the immaculate gardens were a joy to behold. Beautiful lawns stretching as far as you can see, punctuated by yew trees which as pruned to keep their shape. The staff and volunteers are extremely helpful and friendly. Though there is little furniture in the house, the rooms are interesting, attempting to explain the... More 

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Thank bjchampness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are national trust members so decided to give this place a visit. Wouldn't recommend paying full price in Feb for obvious reasons (there aren't many plants blooming in winter), but we will be back once spring has sprung. Having said that, we had a great time and the grounds are lovely to walk around on a cool, sunny winters... More 

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Thank scouseprinny
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our closest National Trust Grand House & gardens & we really do love it. Previously owned by the Vale of Glamorgan council regrettably the contents of the house & many of the statutes are long gone & the focus here is predominately on the magnificent gardens & arboretum which are all receiving long due tender loving care &... More 

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Thank FlorenceScholar
Lydbrook, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a bit of a project for the National Trust, the house only open since 2013, so lots of rooms are still closed to visitors and those which are open sometimes being sparsely furnished. However, I had a great time, and found the history of the property, once owned by local shipping magnates and coal brokers, the Cory family,... More 

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Thank Carolyn S
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok not the best time to visit this place - it was that wet period in late January 2017. However the weather held out for us and gave us a nice break away from the M4 driving experience! It will need some finishing and furnishing over time but a grand start has been made. The coffee shop and toilet facilities... More 

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Thank thegrumpyoldgit
Swansea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called for spot of lunch, menu limited but not too expensive, wanted traditional Welsh cawl which was on the board just to be told in was soup of the day. Which was Parsnip and apple. Cawl is made with lamb or cheap beef. My wife pointed this out to the male staff who just turned his back and chundered off... More 

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KateVEM, Manager at Dyffryn Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Chrismogs, Thank you for your review from a recent visit to Dyffryn Gardens. I’m so sorry to read that you were unhappy with the service provided in our café and will follow this up with the team straightaway. Please reach out to us directly at dyffryn@nationaltrust.org.uk if you would be willing to give us a chance to turn your... More 

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