“ Clyne Gardens, Mill Lane, Blackpill, Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, SA3 5BD. tel = 01792 401737 „
One sunny Saturday (yes we do get the occasional one) we were at a bit of a loose end when my partner suggested a visit to Clyne gardens. I had never been there before and did not really know what to expect. I was very surprised to find fifty acres with over two thousand different plants including over eight hundred rhododendrons many unique to the gardens. Not a keen gardener I was very impressed with all the colour and different types of plants. Every tree and bush was labelled exactly as to what they were. There are vast expanses of open grass with park benches and tables dotted about and at the top by the castle you get a good view of Swansea and the Mumbles. The Castle was built in 1800 and was bought in 1860 and renamed as Clyne Castle. The estate passed to Admiral Algernon in 1921. It has seen many visitors in its time including King Edward the eighth, Neville Chamberlain and of course Adelina Patti who resided up the road. The castle and its grounds are now owned by Swansea University and there is no charge to visit the gardens. In the garden there are a number of places to visit as follows:- Tower – A viewing tower for the admiral to overlook his rhododendrons. A single turret with a spiral stair outside to get to the top. Bog Gardens – Home of the giant leaf rhubarb, which grow up to eight foot tall and is the largest leaved herbaceous plant in Europe. Azalea Gardens – Self-explanatory and just a mass of colours. Japanese Bridge – From a little pond the water flows down under the red Japanese bridge and goes all the way thru the gardens to the sea at Blackpill. Gazebo – Another lookout for the Admiral to watch the ships as they entered Swansea Bay. If your ever at a loose end in Swansea on a sunny day where you want to get a way from it all this is the place to go especially in May when the full effect of the flowers in bloom is at its best.