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Bute Park

Address: North Road, Cardiff CF10 3DX, Wales (Cathays)
Phone Number: +44 29 2087 2730
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Ranked #4 of 58 Attractions in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Walking, Picnicking
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Owner description: 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 is currently undergoing a major £5.6M restoration project supported by a £3.1M grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2009 which will restore some important historic features, provide new facilities and help 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, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Good walks, well signposted. Well kept gardens. Excellent tea and coffee facilities. Plenty of bins. My dog loves it there too!!!

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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176 attraction reviews
355 helpful votes 355 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Stretching for 1.5 miles along the River Taff, the 130 acre Bute Park is the dominant park of Cardiff. A recent 5.6 million pound project has helped them develop numerous features to improve this park and restore numerous famous features. The Animal wall (wall featuring numerous stone sculptures of animals) on the parks Southern Edge is certainly worth a look... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This is the perfect escape from the city, with just a few short steps you can be away from the busy city of Cardiff and strolling around the park, or along the river. Easy to find and free entry, the perfect tonic.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful park, large and clean for all sorts of activities. There is a boat in the middle to take you to the bay every 30 mins.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It's a park you can go to take a stroll, have a picnic, go for a run and get away from all the noise from the town centre (only 5 mins walk away). Just beautiful and complete with Cardiff Castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

What a great place to spend time wandering around in relative peace and quiet to take time out from exploring the city of Cardiff.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A quiet place in the city centre to get away from the traffic and enjoy a stroll in well maintained gardens. Keep yours eyes open as there are many surprises.

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Cardiff, S.Wales.UK
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Lovely amount of space for everyone. Pretty trees with two cafes. Great for kids with their bikes and scooters. Only problem is dogs off leads. Not a fan of this as I have a child.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Born and grown up in Cardiff I have visited this place as a child, with my own children, and now with my grandchildren. There are beautiful flowerbeds along the River Taff path and wonderful trees or all shapes and sizes. There's plenty of space and different walkways so you can always find peace and quiet if that's what you're looking... More

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176 reviews 176 reviews
48 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This park is fabulous for that weekend walk. It is full of beautiful plants and trees and in autumn the colours are amazing.

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