Dyffryn Gardens has been voted as the nation's most Special Place for 2015.
The Vale of Glamorgan beauty spot now joins last year's winner Penarth Pier Pavilion in the Special Places hall of fame. Over the past 12 weeks thousands of people have been voting for their top Special Places in Wales, as part of National Trust Wales’s national conversation to find the nation’s most treasured place.
Dyffryn Gardens was placed in the top five in July, as winner of the parks and gardens category and has today been announced as the people's official number one Special Place in Wales.
Launched in May, Special Places kick-started a summer of campaigning by many iconic places in Wales to be the place that represents all that’s great about our country.
An iconic Welsh landmark that’s steeped in history, Dyffryn Gardens scooped more than a third of the final votes, and was nominated for its breath-taking landscaped gardens, which include its famous cacti collection, arboretum and the recently-renovated 1920s garden rooms.
Nestled in the heart of Vale of Glamorgan, the site was taken on by the National Trust in 2013 and since then has reinforced its reputation as a must-see tourist attraction for visitors both old and new.
Its latest projects include the restoration of its famous garden rooms, which saw a number of the intimate garden rooms restored back to their 1920s splendour. These garden rooms re-opened just last month as part of the gardens’ Late Night Thursday events over the summer period.
Speaking of the accolade, Property manager at Dyffryn Gardens, Gerry Donovan said: "We are blown away by the support that members of the public have shown for us. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has voted for us. Winning special places is such an honour especially as we were up against such beautiful and inspiring places. We hope that from winning lots more people will hear about us so that they can experience the magic of Dyffryn too."