Penllergare, walled gardens 4014

Swansea, Wales

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Brief Description

Most of the walls of the garden survive, but the planting and internal features are in urgent need of conservation.

Visitor Facilities

The site has some areas of public access.

Detailed Description

The main walls of the garden survive but are falling into dereliction through neglect, some theft of materials and the growth of vegetation.

The glasshouses and other ancilliary buildings are reduced to footings, including the orchideous house constructed and described by John Dillwyn Llewelyn. This feature is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The rock garden and melon yard also survive, albeit in a ruinous state. Part of the frameyard was obliterated by Bellway Homes, the developer of the adjacent housing estate.

The slip gardens are obscured by primary vegetation. Three mature camellias remain but of the horticulture so vividly described by Pettigrew and others there is no trace.


Plant Environment

  • Environment
  • Walled Garden
  • Orchid House
  • Description: This feature is the Orchideous House.
  • Glasshouse
  • Description: The glasshouses are reduced to footings.
  • Planting
  • Description: This feature is the Rock Garden, which still survives.
  • Yard
  • Description: This is the Melon Yard, which still survives.
  • Planting
  • Description: This feature is the slip gardens, which are now obscured by primary vegetation.
  • Specimen Tree
  • Description: This relates to three mature camellias.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site has some areas of public access.


The site is off the M4 at junction 47.

Civil Parish

  • Penllergaer


  • Victorian (1837-1901)