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£3m for 'tatty' car park with world class views

Rhossili Bay Credit: ITV Wales

The National Trust has spent £3million on a so-called 'tatty' car park overlooking Rhossili Bay.

Bought from private landowners, the National Trust Manager Paul Boland, defended the cost saying: "We want to ensure that we provide Gower with a first-class car park for a first-class destination."

The destination is popular with tourists Credit: ITV Wales
New facilities may be opened too Credit: ITV Wales

Rhossili Bay is a popular destination for tourists. In the past it's been voted the UK's number one beach, third best in Europe and 9th best in the world, by Travel Review website, TripAdvisor.

The National Trust are now considering whether to add extra facilities to the car park, providing they're "harmonious with the outstanding beauty of this unique part of the world."

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Getting the keys to one of Wales' grandest mansions

The National Trust has taken over the running of one of the most important historic properties in Wales. They're now in charge of upstairs, downstairs and outside!

Dyffryn House and Gardens on the outskirts of Cardiff was one of the last country mansions to be built in Wales. Its grounds are already a celebrated visitor attraction - and now the house is to re-open later in the year as well. Rob Osborne has been to see what's on offer.

National Trust takes over management of Dyffryn House and Gardens

Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been used to restore the gardens Credit: ITV News Wales

Dyffryn House and Gardens reopen to the public today under the management of the National Trust.

Vale of Glamorgan Council will continue to own the property, while granting the Trust a 50-year lease.

"Growing and shaping a glorious garden is a long-term project" said Justin Albert, Director of the National Trust in Wales.

"The passion that has gone into creating Dyffryn Gardens over the years - from volunteers, staff and supporters - cannot be taken for granted. And we want everyone to join with us in harnessing that passion for a new stage of Dyffryn's journey."

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