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Dyffryn House & Gardens

Dyffryn House and Gardens are approximately 20 minutes drive from Bryn-y-Ddafad.

The Grade II listed house and its Grade I listed garden were created by a Welsh coal baron, John Cory, and his family after he bought the site in 1891and built the present house in 1893. Later Thomas Mawson a well known landscape architect was commissioned to design a garden to compliment the magnificent new house.

After John Cory's death in 1910 the estate and the task of developing the gardens further fell to his third son Reginald, a leading figure in the R.H.S. Reginald was a keen horticulturalist and plant hunter and many of the plants on display at Dyffryn are a result of his plant hunting expeditions.

On the death of Reginald Cory in 1934 the estate passed to his sister Florence and on her death in 1936 the estate was sold to Sir Cennydd Traherne. In 1939 Sir Cennydd leased the estate to Glamorgan County Council on a 999 year arrangement.

Although the Vale of Glamorgan Council retains ownership the National Trust took over responsibility for the house and gardens on a 50 year lease from January 4th 2013.

Since aquiring full ownership of the estate in 1996 the Council has carried out extensive work to restore the house and gardens with the help of over 6 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The house has been re-roofed, a new glasshouse has been built and  a new visitor cenre and tea rooms overlooking a children's play area opened.      

Only six miles west of the centre of Cardiff, in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan countryside, Dyffryn Gardens is an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design. At over 55 acres it's amongst the most beautiful gardens in Wales. 

Dyffryn is an outstanding Grade 1 registered garden featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, formal lawns, seasonal bedding, a statuary collection and much more. The gardens also boast an extensive Arboretum featuring trees from all over the world, Dyffryn is truly a garden for all seasons.

It is hoped that the National Trust can now take this beautiful location to a higher level drawing visitors to an area which can boast many other fine Heritage attractions. 

The house is generally open between 12 noon and 4 pm and manned by volunteer guides. Visitors can view the garden from the perspective the house's inhabitants would have once enjoyed.