After visiting Caerphilly Castle in the morning, our next stop was Dyffryn Gardens which happened to be only a 5 minute drive away from our Airbnb.
Dyffryn Gardens is a collection of botanical gardens surrounding a stately Victorian mansion. It’s about a 10 minute drive from central Cardiff but is easy to find as the roads are well signposted. You have to follow some narrow country roads once you leave the A48.
The National Trust took over stewardship of Dyffryn Gardens in 2013. Unfortunately it seems that prior to this the house and gardens were not well looked after but the National Trust are working hard to restore the house and gardens to their former glory.
This is not your typical National Trust house. It did not come with any original belongings, pieces of furniture or art works. There are some nice fireplaces and views over the gardens to admire, but besides that there isn’t a lot to see inside the house.
Outside the house there is seasonal bedding and a croquet lawn. Unfortunately at the time of our visit there were no flowers in bloom yet but I expect it would be lovely in summer.
There is still plenty more to explore in the gardens, even in the colder months. You will find a series of ‘garden rooms’, each with its own distinct style or mood.
- Dyffryn Gardens is located in Vale of Glamorgan, about 10 minutes from Cardiff. It is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
- Entry to the whole property is £8.60. National Trust members can visit for free.
- If using a sat nav to find your way, use the postcode CF5 6SU. There is plenty of onsite parking available.