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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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“cardiff bay” (149 reviews)
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Bute Park North Road, Cardiff CF10 3DX, Wales
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"city centre"
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"the secret garden"
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"cardiff bay"
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"alongside the river"
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"taff trail"
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"flower beds"
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"green space"
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"sophia gardens"
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"animal wall"
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"water bus"
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"lovely walk"
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"dog walkers"
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"sunny day"
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"visiting cardiff"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely park right in the city centre, perfect for a picnic on a summers day. Get the Aquabus down to Cardiff Bay, the kids loved it!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Bute Park is right in the centre of Cardiff. The park is literally behind the Cardiff Castle. The river Taff runs through the park and has numerous lovely walking paths along its banks. There was a Dinosaur exhibition on in the park when we went...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A quiet haven in a busy city. Next to the castle, you can walk through parkland and by the River Taff. Can also get the aqua bus from here to Cardiff Bay every half hour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

stunning some amazing trees even in the rain just to sit and chill lots of people about would love to go again and explore a little bit more as was on a schedule will find out more about Bute paradise in a city

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This park has the potential to be fantastic. It was great to see this green space in the city. Lots of running / walking trails and grass to play on. The only problem is the amount of garbage that people leave behind. There are plenty...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice place to get away from all of the traffic. Excellent bike path allow for lovely rides when the flowers are in bloom.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely area to just walk and explore, good paths, a couple of good refreshment points, well worth a wander.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is right behind Cardiff Castle. There are two cafes, one near the main entrance, and one much farther down. There are wonderful sculptures, including many dinosaurs. You can find both open space, and treed areas for shade. Some paths are paved, some are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful expanse of park in the middle of the city. Walks can be as long or short as you want. Two cafes that serve a good selection of snacks - or just an icecream or a coffee if that's what you want. Also a boat...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised, this gem in the city centre is precisely that a gem. It is well kept, plenty to keep the children occupied (look out for the very impressive dinosaurs, not that you can miss them), and lovely cafes dotted around within the park...More

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Bikergran666
8 August 2017|
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Response from Christopher N | Reviewed this property |
There is NO fee for entry to the park. Any footwear if fine, although, that will depend on the amount of walking wishes to do.
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stephanie m
14 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
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