Featured gardens

South Wales is often described as ‘one big garden’ as we are a region rich in beautiful green spaces.

Our ‘featured gardens’ in this section are many and varied. Some of them are the region’s best kept secrets. Here you will find details of some of the highlights, and suggestions for the best way to enjoy them.

Thompsons Park

Thompsons Park is a late Victorian garden laid out by the well known garden designer, William Goldring. The park is a charming place with woodland, mature trees, lawns and more formal areas and its character is enhanced by the pool … Continue reading

Insole Court

Insole Court has been described as one of the most important secular historic properties outside Cardiff city centre. The property dates from the Victorian period – the house demonstrates the Romantic Gothic style, while the garden, with its fine terracing … Continue reading

Cathays Cemetery

Cathays Cemetery was opened in 1859 and at 35 hectares, is one of the largest Victorian cemeteries in the United Kingdom. Since 1859 both the prominent members of society and those less well known have been buried in the cemetery. … Continue reading

Cathays Park

Cathays Park is Cardiff’s civic centre, developed in the early years of the twentienth century when Cardiff was elevated to city status. Here, a range of magnificent late Victorian, Edwardian and later twentieth century buildings sit in a parkland landscape … Continue reading

Grange Gardens

Grange Gardens is a small green oasis in the densely populated residential heart of Grangetown. One of Cardiff’s earliest public parks, it retains much of its original late Victorian character and is a focus for cultural, recreational and leisure activities … Continue reading

Victoria Park

Leafy Victoria Park is a classic late Victorian urban public park, opened in 1897 and named in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The park is a popular local facility boasting an Edwardian drinking fountain canopy, recently installed replica bandstand, … Continue reading

Bute Park

Bute Park is an extensive parkland stretching 2.8 km (1.7 miles) northwards from the heart of the city along the eastern bank of the river Taff. Originally the pleasure ground of Cardiff Castle, the park now contains one of the … Continue reading

Roath Park

Opened in 1894, Roath Park is one of the most important late Victorian public parks in Wales. The park retains much of its original character and setting with many fine trees and a heated conservatory. Roath Park Lake, home to … Continue reading

Festival Park

Festival Park in Ebbw Vale is best known for its designer outlet shopping centre, but there is a lot more to it than that. There is enough to do and see to make a full day out for any family. … Continue reading

St Fagans: National History Museum

The gardens at St. Fagans are perhaps one of Wales’s best-kept secrets. From the formal gardens of St. Fagans Castle, to the cottage gardens that provided food for working families, they offer a real insight into the lives of Welsh … Continue reading

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

Cosmeston offers a fine introduction into the countryside and is open all year round. The park has been designed to enable people of all abilities to discover and enjoy the countryside found within the Vale of Glamorgan The country park … Continue reading

Cwmcarn Forest

One of the best kept secrets in the Valleys, Cwmcarn Forest Drive is just minutes from Newport and not much further from Cardiff, but it brings visitors right into the heart of the beautiful local woodlands. The 7 mile drive … Continue reading

Dyffryn Gardens and Arboretum

For those who enjoy gardens, Dyffryn is an absolute must. It’s is one of the most popular outdoor attractions in South Wales and with very good reason. The Grade 1 Registered garden is beautifully designed to the highest classical standards … Continue reading

Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes

There is one factor that separates a really memorable garden from one that is merely pretty to look at and well cared for. That factor is romance, and Dewstow Gardens has far more than its fair share of it. Who … Continue reading

The Old Station, Tintern

The Old Station at Tintern is just what the name implies- the restored remains of the Victorian railway station for the village of Tintern in the heart of the Wye Valley. Today it is one of the best loved parks … Continue reading

Caldicot Castle Country Park

The foundations of Caldicot Castle were laid down in the Norman era, but saw extensive use and further building works right up until relatively modern times. It was active as a military installation during the turbulent Middle Ages, when it … Continue reading

Fonmon Estate Garden

Surely Fonmon Castle must be one of the oldest residences in Wales that is still lived in today. There can’t be many places that have been occupied since the early 13th Century. Fonmon has an impressive pedigree- the inner keep … Continue reading

Parc Taf Bargoed

Parc Taf Bargoed is a Green Flag Park and a great place to go for a walk or relaxed cycle through beautiful Valleys scenery. Continue reading

Cyfarthfa Park

With spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons, Cyfarthfa Park provides a great day out for the whole family come rain or shine. From relaxing woodland walks to a playground and state of the art splash pad to the fabulous art and social history collections of Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Continue reading

Tretower Court

For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this, like its wonderful grounds, was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time. Tretower Court’s garden includes a cobbled yard, orchard and a meadow. Continue reading

Veddw House

Veddw is a private garden open to the public and therefore non-institutional and idiosyncratic. Two acres of ornamental gardens, with ancient meadow and grasslands, flower borders and gardens enclosed in yew hedges, black reflecting pool, a small hillside planted with a parterre of ornamental grasses and two acres of woodlands. Continue reading

Gower Heritage Centre

The Gower Heritage Centre is a restored fully-operational 12th century water-powered corn mill. We have a wide selection of displays for you, including our Blacksmiths, Wood turners, Woollen Mill and Museums of past living, antique farming and cultivation. We are also home to Wales smallest Cinema, La Charrette. Continue reading

Beechwood Ornamental Park

Beechwood Park, which covers 30 acres, originally formed the private grounds to Beechwood House. In 1900, Newport Borough Council bought Beechwood House and the grounds were opened up as a public park, with refreshments available in the House. During the First World War, the House was also used as a convalescent home. Continue reading

Belle Vue Park Gardens

Belle Vue Park was opened in 1894 and has many features typical of a Victorian public park, including the conservatories and pavilion, bandstand and rockeries. Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Belle Vue Park restoration project set about restoring the park buildings and recreating the original planting scheme. Continue reading

Tredegar House Park and Gardens

Set in a beautiful 90 acre park, Tredegar House is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain. The earliest surviving part of the building dates back to the early 1500’s. Follow the link to find out more about the history of Tredegar House. Visitors can discover what life was like for those who lived above and below stairs by touring the impressive state rooms and the intriguing servants’ quarters. You can see and hear more about Tredegar House on our video clips page. Continue reading

Bedwellty House and Park

Recently restored, this fine example of an Iron master’s residence and parkland that includes one of the few remaining Ice Houses in Wales. Amongst its many period features are a leafy grotto, arboretum, block of coal exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, Long Shelter and Bandstand. Newly opened tearooms serve delicious meals. Continue reading

Parc Bryn Bach

The focus of the 340-acre country park is a 36-acre lake surrounded by woodland and meadows. The Countryside Centre hosts the Lakeside licensed restaurant. The park is a base for adventure activities, has numerous cycling routes and hire, golf facilities. a caravan and campsite, picnic areas, playground, orienteering courses and nature trails.
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