Clyne Gardens are owned by Swansea Council and form a calm oasis of parkland on the edge of Swansea Bay, between the City itself and Mumbles. Clyne Gardens is one of the many hidden gems of the area and well worth a visit, especially in Spring when the rhododendrons and azeleas are in bloom. The Castle within the grounds has been developed as private flats but the gardens remain free to the public.
About Clyne Gardens
Clyne Gardens are renowned for their collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, and each year the month of May is given over to their celebration, with teas and cakes on sale at the entrance and storytelling and open air concerts around the park.
Enjoy open vistas across Swansea Bay from the top of the hill, then seek out winding pathways leading to unexpected discoveries in the wooded valley. You might find the Japanese bridge by the waterfall (look out for the handkerchief tree nearby). There is also a hidden folly, and some small pet gravestones. These date from the era when the Castle and gardens were the home of the Vivians. These were one of the most influential families in the development of industrial Swansea.
You will find something to enjoy in Clyne Gardens at any time of year. Doubtless winter sledding remains as popular as it was when the students at Clyne Castle used to “liberate” lunch trays! Summer gives great opportunities for picnics. The Woodman, the pub at the entrance to Clyne Gardens, is a cosy watering hole. It provides meals as well if that fits with your itinerary. If you have small children and a sunny day, then they might enjoy a story around the story tree. Later they can take a paddle in Blackpill Lido just across the road. You can also combine your trip with a walk through Clyne woods, where you will find bluebells and anemones nestling among the trees. Make sure you bring a camera and capture the energy of the gardens bursting into bloom.
Where to park
There are a number of parking places reserved next to The Woodman pub off the Oystermouth Road. There is also a council car park at the bottom of Clyne Cycle path. Alternatively you will find a small car park at the top of Mill Lane which gives access to Clyne Valley. There is an entrance to Clyne Gardens just below the Castle entrance.
If you think you might like to visit from further afield and you need somewhere to stay may I suggest Gower Edge (www.gower-self-catering.co.uk). This is our self catering holiday home in Dunvant which sleeps 8 in comfort and welcomes children and pets.
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