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Bute Park

Bute Park North Road, Cardiff CF10 3DX, Wales
+44 29 2087 2730
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Welcome to Bute Park & Arboretum, an extensive area of mature parkland that forms the 'green heart' of Cardiff. The site is managed by Cardiff Council and recently benefitted from a major £5.6M restoration project, supported by a £3.1M grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which restored important historic features, provided new facilities and helped tell the park's fascinating story. At 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches), Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and comprises a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. Bute Park offers something for everyone including the Bute Park Education Centre, 3 wonderful cafes, toilet facilities, a woodland balance trail, sculpture trail, fitness trail and a varied events programme. Easily accessible from the centre of Cardiff, Bute Park is listed along with Cardiff Castle as a Grade 1 historic designed landscape and contains the fascinating site of a former Blackfriars Friary which is a scheduled ancient monument. The magnificent Arboretum contains 41 Champion trees, the tallest or widest of their species in the UK or Ireland, which is more than any other public park in the UK. Along with the rest of the rare tree collection, the stunning Herbaceous Border, and the range of wildlife present, Bute Park and Arboretum is worth a visit all year round.
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Bute Park North Road, Cardiff CF10 3DX, Wales
+44 29 2087 2730
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My walking group had s coach trip to Cardiff and we had a very enjoyable walk through the park and alongside the Taff. Unfortunately the Secret Garden Cafe was closed.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a lovely place for a Sunday stroll, with lots of squirrels scampering through the leaves. It’s strange to find so much nature in the centre of the city, especially as it feels quite isolated. I recommend looking at the Animal Wall whilst visiting.

Thank EmilyHeatherMaher
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice, extensive park next to the Castle. Ideal for walks or picnics and with a nice little tea shop at the entrance. If you want to be more adventurous there are also trips down the river.

Thank LardyOne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a fantastic space with a variety of areas. The champion trees are impressive and new posts of information are informative. A walk by the canal or in the woodland is lovely, or sitting by the beautiful borders or the red bricked walls of the...More

Thank ikbrunel2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bute Park is perfect all year round. Every time we go we enjoy something new. Last week we saw a kingfisher..

Thank anna f
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Fabulous gardens in the middle of the city of cardiff. Great hidden cafes beautiful shrubbery and floral displays depending on the season. Full if dog walkers Joggers and cyclists (cycle hire available) and groups relaxing and socialising. Definitely a family area with a fitness trail...More

Thank _ursularoan26
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

I sometimes take my dog here for a walk. In the Centre of Cardiff the park is great to "get away" from the hussle and bussle of the city centre. A couple of decent tea/coffee shops too if you need a rest.

Thank Ben W
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely for walking in the Autumn leaves. Beautiful park in the centre of Cardiff. Gorgeous at any time but looks stunning now with all the different coloured leaves.

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Will not be going again as policy for taking into the display soft drinks for young kids was out of order. Had a pack of small cartons of fruit juice confiscated, 2 small cans of cola also handed over. Their policy was to allow only...More

Thank jamiedavies22017
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Walked through Bute to get to Cardiff city after parking away from center. Autumnal colors are fantastic. Fantastic open spaces and plenty of space for children to burn off energy. Look out for the snow dogs which was great fun as they are in some...More

Thank Stephanie Q
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7 August 2017|
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Response from Gordon M | Reviewed this property |
No there is no admission charge to the park but there is a charge for the open air theatre
stephanie m
13 April 2016|
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Response from chrispE6225EW | Reviewed this property |
Depends where in the Park you are walking and time of year; for a summer stroll on the main footpaths, ordinary shoes are fine. If you are dog walking in autumn or winter, then good quality wellies are advised