About Clyne


Clyne Gardens is a specialist botanical park of historical interest located to the west of Swansea between the City Centre and Mumbles.

Originally established as private gardens in the 19th century, they span an area of 50 acres sweeping up from Swansea Bay. They are home to a nationally renowned collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas plus a superb collection of Pieris, Enkianthus, mature trees, herbaceous perennials and grasses.

The Gardens contain over 10,000 mature trees and over 2,000 species of plants.

The Gardens currently holds the prestigious Green Flag Award, which it has had since Keep Wales Tidy started running the scheme in Wales in 2012.


In addition to its flowering shrubs Clyne is noted for its exceptional trees, including two ‘British Champions’: the white-flowered Magnolia Campbelli, at 22m/72ft the tallest recorded magnolia in Britain, and the UK’s largest-girthed cherry crab, Malus x Robusta, which is smothered in large red cherry-like fruits in autumn.

Other horticultural oddities include the enormous 18m /60ft tall Honeysuckle (Lonicera Henryi), with twining stems as thick as a man’s arm, and the ground-hugging South African Clubmoss (Selaginella Kraussiana) that grows in some of Clyne’s lawn areas.


Landcape Features include the Bluebell Wood, Wildflower Meadow, pond, stream, small waterfalls and Bog Garden, which is home to giant Elephant Rhubarb and American Skunk Cabbage. The variety of landscapes ensures contrast, colour and interest all year round.

Visitors can also appreciate the unusual Historical Features built throughout the Gardens in the 1920’s, including the red Japanese Bridge, the Admiral's Tower, Joy Cottage and the Gazebo.

There are several routes through the Gardens that enable visitors to explore the site safely. There are some steep gravel paths and stepped areas which can prove difficult for visitors with pushchairs or disabled persons with non-motorised wheelchairs, however the tarmacadam main paths that wind up through the park are fully accessible.

Our map shows some recommended routes to follow giving an indication of distance. It also shows the location of key features and highlights the Tree Trail, first introduced 25 years ago. and recently restored with funds from a Postcode Local Trust grant.

More information to help you plan your visit can be found on our Visiting Clyne page.