The gardens of Dyffryn House are Grade 1 listed. They include lawns, arboretum. a Pompeian Garden [registered for civil weddings], heather garden, panel garden, theatre garden as well as water features.
They are beautiful and well maintained.It takes several hours to wander around the vast estate and enjoy all it has to offer.
The Gardens are open from 10.00-18.00 Easter- September. and from 10- 17.00 October.
Adults £3.50, family £7. In winter admission free.
Welsh Hawking Centre
This centre has various birds of prey, a talking parrot, an emu as well as chickens and geese.
Guinea pigs, rabbits and 4 horses can also be found there.
the small animals can be fed - a bag of food costs 25p.
Entry costs £5 per adult, £3 for senior citizens and £3 for children. A family ticket costs £15.
The centre is open daily and hawk displays are held at 12 and 2.30 pm . The centre is closed on Tuesdays.
It was quite interesting to spend an hour or so.
The Welsh Hawking Centre
At this centre many kinds of birds of prey can be found. They are kept in cages but at 12 and 2.30pm they are taken out to display.
There are owls, hawks, falcons , kites etc. In addition thereare chickens, geese an emu and a parrot that can say a few words like Hello, Goodbye and F--- Off.
Other enclosures have guinea pigs, rabbits, and four horses.
A pond supposedly has frogs and common newt but we didn't see any, or the hedgehog.
It was interesting enough and the children enjoyed feeding the chickens and rabbits.
It is open daily except Tuesdays,
The burial chmber was built about 4000 BC for communal burial of the dead. An enormous weathered flat slab of weathered stone is supported on other stones at the corners. It would then have been covered to form a mound. The slab is estimated to weigh 40 tons and is thought to be the largest in Britain.Inside were found the remains of a number [50 approx] of bodies.
The site was excavated in 1914, according to a sign on a modern brick column in the chamber. It is a particularly good site, near a copse of trees set back in a field off the road between Saint Nicholas and Dyffryd.Other stones and groups of stones are to be found nearby.
A small lay by enables a car to park, and a kissing gate leads into the field, with another at the site to let you get right up and in to the site itself. There was nobody about the day I went.
There are several legends about the place, the best known of these is that anyone spending the night there would either go mad, become a poet or die.
For more information see: Http://www.stonepages.com/Wales/Tinkinswood
Dyffryn House is on a site that dates back to the 7th century, the Manor of Worlton. In the 16th century the Button family acquired it and bult the first house. Admiral Sir Thomas Button is said to haunt the grounds.
In the 18th century the estate was sold to Thomas Pryce who built and named Dyffryn House.
John Cory then bought the estate in 1891 and built the present house, and had the gardens laid out by Thomas Mawson. When Cory died in 1910 his son Richard took over, and on his death his sister Florence. When she died in 1936 the estate was bought by Sir Cennydd Traherne, who leased it to Glamorgan County Council on a 999 year arrangement.
The gardens are Grade 1 listed and are being restored.
Entry is 3.50 GBP, concession 2.50 GBP
Open: 10.00-18.00 in summer [Easter -September]
In winter admission free 10.00-16.00 but facilities and tea rooms are closed
There are tea rooms and a gift shop
220 acre park - free parking except on Sundays and Bank holidays. Wood, beaches, green acres, old buildings, kids playground, mini golf etc. Lovely for walking, picnics or just chilling. Dogs welcome.
About six miles west of Barry, on the coast, is the superb St Donats Castle, its stylish Arts Centre and Theatre, set in an old tithe barn.
There are a variety of events that take place throughout the year in the grounds. I went to a Craft Festival last summer - colourful, plenty to do, lots of crowds. See their website for details of events this year.
There are also large gardens, which step down to the sea.
The Castle dates back to the C13th. In the mid-20th century it was owned by William Randolf Hearst, a well-known American newspaper tycoon. He restored it and invited his Hollywood friends to stay. The castle is normally open during daytime events at the Arts Centre. Guided tours are also possible.
St Donats is near the village of Llantwit Major. Take the A48 from Cardiff or Barry to Cowbridge, head for Llantwit Major and look for signposts. Or take the coast road from Barry to Llantwit.
For a beautiful unspoilt beach with marvellous cliffs, try to go to Southerndown beach. It is actually at Ogmore-by-Sea, at the mouth of the River Ogmore.
Large parts of the beach are made up of large smooth slabs of rock. The cliffs are layered, full of many colours and very high in places. fairly easy to climb (but I am not recommending you do this :-).
Aside from the large carpark, up the coastal path is the walled garden of Dunraven Castle. The 'castle' (a large house) was knocked down in 1963. But its garden, surrounded by high walls to protect it from the cold sea air, still remains.
You can usually guarantee there will be an Ice Cream van near the beach during the summer.
Southerndown is about 8 miles west of Barry. Actually very close to the town of Bridgend. from Barry or Cardiff follow the A48 main road towards Bridgend until you see directions for Ogmore. Or take the coast road (B4265) past Llantwit Major until you find the
B4524 road to Southerndown and Ogmore-by-Sea.
An open air museum showing historically a little of the history and culture of Wales through their tipical houses.
On my first time I went for a picnic and I loved. I founded many things in common with the country side area of Spain where my family comes from.
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One day excursion with Goodrich castle and Moumoth
We pick up Olga at Birmingham and on the way down to Cardiff we stopped in these places.
I loved the city, it looks as if was frozen in time. Until the noise of the cars lol brought me to reality hehehehe
The second biggest in UK after Windsor, a very impressive medieval castle build in Great Britain.
The castle was built on three man-made islands, so the lakes around the castle are artificial. They diverted the water from Nant Y Gledr stream to flood the area for defence military purposes
A great excursion if you have a morning or afternoon free
This castle is located a few miles north of Cardiff among the trees on the hillside. It really looks like a fairy's castle.
We visited at Christmas time, and even got the occasion to say hi to Santa and his wife ;-)
Cardiff Castle is one of the most popular attractions in Cardiff. This photo has been taken at the main gate.
The admission prices, at least the last time I visited, were for the grounds and tour of the interiors (aprox 1 hour), ?5.50 for adults, seniors and children: ?3.30 and students: ?4.40
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A nice excursion, an hour and a half from Cardiff, visit Ross on wye, Goodrich castle and Monmouth.
We did not visit the inside as we had to pay (and i think it was expensive), inside is not much done, if you want to see inside castles you can always visit the one of Cardiff or Coch Castle