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Bute Park

North Road, Cardiff CF10 3DX, Wales (Cathays)
+44 29 2087 2730
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Ranked #7 of 73 attractions in Cardiff
Type: Parks
Activities: Walking, Picnicking
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... more » 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. « less
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Lovely parkland right in the city centre alongside the River Taff. These are large grounds so a fair amount of walking if you're inclined to. Also available boat transport to Millenium Stadium, Cardiff Bay etc. at low cost

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is a very beautiful park and there is an aquabus to take you to the bay which is very nice. There is a stone circle as well which was really nice to sit and have a picnic in the sun. There was a lovely tea room as well which was nice but a bit on the costly side.

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Lobith, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

beautiful flowers and a lovely park. We were very lucky to have good weather and spend the whole day at the park lying on the grass.

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We where so lucky with the weather to enjoy strolling around this park.Some areas are more formal and well kept with views of river taffe and a jetty for boat trips to the bay,also coffee shop .

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This park is next to the castle grounds and is free to enter, a lovely little cafe serving fresh afternoon teas & cakes & hot food is a must. the park is well landscaped and on a warm day attracts lots of people from all walks of life. well maintained lawns and the grounds have walkways too. The water taxis... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The park was part of the Marquis of Bute's estate and has a arboretum with trees from other countries as well as native. The river Taff runs along side part of the park and a water bus can be accessed near by to visit Cardiff Bay and the Barrage, which is convenient if going to the Custom House Penarth for... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Beautiful Park. Lovely walks beside the river. Would thoroughly recommend for visitors to cardiff. You can even get on a river boat to The Bay.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Bute park is a great place to while away a couple of hours, there is the taff trail, lovely walks, trees and plants as well as 3 great cafes and various picnic benches.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you enjoy a good stroll with some pretty flowers, trees and calming scenery around you then this is for you. There are plenty of paths to follow and on a nice day you can sit on the grass and just watch the world go by. There is also the backdrop of the castle in one part of the park... More

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It's a wonderful and well used park with very nice cafes at sensible places. We walked through to the RHS Flower Show. Then to the waterbus. Sadly the Sophia Park was full of litter the whole weekend we were there.

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