About Clyne GARDENS

How to get there

Address:       Mumbles Road, Blackpill,  Swansea SA3 5AS


Opening times:      open daily   dawn till dusk

Admission : free

Pedestrian entrances at : Mumbles Road, Mayals Road and Westport Road

Car parking : limited parking shared with Woodman Inn, Mumbles Road.  Large pay car park at junction of Mumbles Road and Derwen Fawr Road.  

Coach parking : contact 07920 560 219

Bus : any bus to Mumbles; alight at Blackpill 

Access : steep paths in places; some not suitable for wheelchairs.

Dogs : well behaved dogs on leads preferred. 

Refreshments : picnics allowed but no fires or barbeques.  

Limited refreshments on site.        

Woodman Inn and Junction Café nearby.


Nationally renowned collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas.    Fine collection of mature trees, heathers and perennials.   Colour and interest all year


See also information about The Tree Register. Link button below.

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A walk around the gardens

a map of the gardens at Clyne

A map of the gardens. Click on link below for a larger copy.

Clyne Gardens is one of the gardens of the Botanical Complex. The garden located in Blackpill near the sea front in Swansea,   It is part of the City of Swansea's Botanical Complex which is supported by the 'Friends'.  The current park was formed from the landscaped gardens created by Glynn Vivian of the Vivian family who purchased the castle in 1860. The estate passed to his nephew Algernon, 'The Admiral' in 1921 who owned it until his death in 1952. He had the greatest influence on the gardens as we see them today.

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History of Clyne Gardens

William Graham Vivian - the millionaire of Clyne - purchased 'Clyne Castle' in 1860 and lavished time and money on it to reflect his wealth. Three important trees planted by him can be found in front of the Castle; one Wellingtonia 'Sequiodendron giganteum' and two Monterey Cypress 'Cupressus macrocarpa', one a fastigiate form which is also one of the tallest recorded in Britain. The estate passed to his nephew Algernon, 'The Admiral' in 1921 who owned it until his death in 1952. He had the greatest influence on the gardens as we see them today.He sponsored plant collecting expeditions overseas, and many of Clyne's rhododendrons still bear their original collector's numbers. The Admiral's influence can also be seen in the landscaping, which includes a Japanese Bridge, the Admiral's Tower and the Gazebo.The Admiral received many famous visitors at the Castle, including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), Neville Chamberlain, Stanley Baldwin and Adelina Patti.The oak woodland is a remnant of Clyne Forest, an important 11th Century Norman landmark.The tallest recorded Magnolia in Britain 'Magnolia campbellii var. alba' can be found here.Many of the Admiral's hybrids can be seen growing in the gardens. He named some of them after his family; Rh,Graham Vivian, Rh, Dulcie Vivian, Singleton Blue and Clyne Castle.