Insole Court

About Insole Court

This unique grade 2 listed garden contains a stunning range of ornamental features and forms the grounds of Insole Court​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  mansion.

The house and gardens were acquired by Cardiff Council in 1932 as part of the land required to build Western Avenue. In 2011, the Insole Court Trust was formed to preserve and protect the property, which reopened in 2016 following extensive refurbishment funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The Trust now manages the buildings, but the grounds remain the responsibility of the Parks Service.

Visitor information

7.30am – 30 minutes before sunset.

Parking: Available on site.


  • Grade 2* listed historic park: Listed on the Cadw Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales.
  • Insole Court mansion: built by James Harvey Insole, a prominent member of the Insole family of coal shippers, mine owners, railwaymen and docksmen. The ground floor of the house is now open to visitors.
  • The House is a Stage: first floor permanent exhibition  now open in the house
  • Historic stable block: now restored as a Visitor Centre with gallery space and community rooms
  • Historic garden: surrounding the house, once home to Violet Insole’s collection of alpines and irises, although these have largely disappeared.
  • Pulhamite’ artificial rockwork: an unusual nineteenth century feature of the historic garden


  • Volunteering opportunities The Insole Court Trust organises volunteer guides and other events and activities in the house and grounds
  • The Potting Shed café is open 7 days a week for brunches, lunches and afternoon tea.
  • Regular events and activities are organised by the Trust – details are published on their website
  • Room hire is available for corporate and community events and activities
  • Public toilets and baby changing facilities are available on site

How to find us

How to find us
Access point GPS (latitude / longitude)
Main entrance 51.4917143,-3.2273646

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