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Bute Park

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Address: North Road, Cardiff CF10 3DX, Wales
Phone Number: +44 29 2087 2730
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Activities: Walking, Picnicking
Description: Welcome to Bute Park & Arboretum, an extensive area of mature parkland...
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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We didn't go looking for this park, we found it on a hungover walk through the city centre, it was a lovely find. It was nice reading all of the historical facts on all of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Okay, but speeding cyclists a danger with kids, as well as dog mess and dogs off leads - flowers mediocre - wood art ok, dirty water with litter not what you expect in a City Centre - Sort if out Cardiff City Council

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We didn't go looking for this park, we found it on a hungover walk through the city centre, it was a lovely find. It was nice reading all of the historical facts on all of the boards around the park and lovely to see all of the daffodils starting to bloom. We will return :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

very well kept park with nice cafe selling basic drinks and snacks. easy access to and from city, great for youngsters

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

What a lovely space the residents of Cardiff have to enjoy the great outdoors. Lots of picnics, ball games, families strolling around. A beautiful spot to relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Stroll by the river and see the sights through the trees. Boat trips to the Bay run from the park and you can see the Castle from a different angle

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Beautiful trees, very vast. You forget you are in the capital city of Wales. Loads of good surfaced road so you can cycle, skate, run or simply walk around the park. There are now very enjoyable cafés as well. Very lively park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Had a nice walk here while friends were at work. In the centre of Cardiff, along the river Taff. There are woodlands walks, a nice river walk along the Taff, then paths along the arboretum. There is also a nice little cafe. Lovely park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Lovely park, weather was great which was a bonus! Very calm and relaxing. Great for curing the hangover!' Will be visiting again with more friends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Just walking by the Animal Wall we entered the beautiful Bute park .The park is vast and adjacent to Cardiff Castle just in between the city centre. Entry is free.There are well maintained clean green gardens and flower beds.Many paths for walk and bridges to cross. Secret tea garden cafe is wonderful. This park is point for boarding on water... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Different routes, depending on how much time you have to spend in the park. I always try and walk over one of th bridges for a great view of the river. An oasis in the middle of the city.

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