History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1860 Glynn Vivian bought Clyne Castle and laid out landscape gardens in the parkland surrounding the house. In 1921 the estate was inherited by Algernon Vivian, 'The Admiral', who was responsible for much of the gardens as we see them today.
The Admiral sponsored several plant-hunting trips abroad, and many of the rhododendrons still bear their original collection number. He also welcomed famous visitors to his gardens, including the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and politicians Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin.
What to See
Over 2000 varieties of plants are spread across the garden, but it is for one thing that Clyne is most famous and that is rhododendrons. There are over 800 rhododendrons, and Clyne maintains the National Collection of the species, along with collections of Pieris and Enkianthus.
The damp, cool climate means that Clyne is home to plants not usually seen at this latitude. Among the unusual features is the bog garden, home to American skunk cabbage (the odour is quite something!) and gigantic Elephant Rhubarb.
Admiral Vivian built a gazebo beside the castle so he could watch ships entering Swansea Bay. Hovering protectively over the gazebo are Monterey Pines, which help shelter the site. At the top of the garden is a Japanese Garden, with a picturesque Oriental bridge spanning a stream that gives way to a waterfall.
Among the garden highlights is the tallest Magnolia in Britain. There is a small stand of oak woodland, a remnant of an 11th century Norman forest. Look also for the miniature 'Joy Cottage' at the entrance, built for the Admiral's daughters as a combination schoolroom. Throughout the gardens are memorials to Vivian family dogs.
About Clyne Gardens
Address: 120 A4067, Mayais, Swansea, Gower, Glamorgan, Wales, SA3 5BD
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 3 miles south west of Swansea, entrance off either Mumbles Road or Mayals Road. The main entrance is by the Woodman pub on the Mumbles Road. Use postcode SA3 5BA.
Website: Clyne Gardens
OS: SS614 906
Photo Credit: Martin Bodman, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Oystermouth Castle - 1.4 miles (Castle)
Singleton Park Botanic Gardens - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Bishopston, St Teilo - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Swansea Castle - 3.1 miles (Castle)
Pennard, St Mary's Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
Ilston, St Illtyd - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
Pennard Castle - 4.5 miles (Castle)
Parc le Breos Burial Chamber - 4.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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