Bute Park

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Bute Park & Arboretum is an extensive area of mature parkland that forms the 'green heart' of Cardiff. Equivalent to 80 football pitches in size, Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in Wales. As well as beautiful flowers and an abundance of paths and tracks to explore, visitor facilities include an Education Centre & Visitor Centre (open daily 12 - 3pm), 3 cafes, toilets, a woodland play trail, wooden sculptures and fitness equipment. There is a varied events programme, see Bute-park.com for current listings. A Grade 1 listed landscape, it contains designed views and interesting built heritage such as the remains of a medieval friary and the ever-popular Animal Wall. The magnificent arboretum contains “champion” (tallest or widest of their species in UK) and many rare and beautiful trees. The site is managed by Cardiff Council and benefitted from a £5.6M restoration project between 2010 - 2014, supported by a £3.1M grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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Caroline
Lakes Entrance, Australia18 contributions
This park is Bute-utifal.......ok that is awful joke. But it really is stunning on a sunny day. The flowers, grass, trees all well looked after. Clean, no litter. I recommend getting in here early as it does get busier, especially during the lunchtime hour off.
Written August 14, 2020
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Paul L Gloucester, UK
Churchdown, UK264 contributions
This is a favourite walking area in Cardiff and I could quite happily spend hours here admiring the leaves on the trees as they change colour. There was plenty of evidence of autumn on my walk today and the gardens by the Secret Garden Cafe were also a delight to look at - very well preserved. Blackweir bridge was closed, understandably, due to social distancing but there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy a good, albeit socially-distanced, walk through the park. Just watch out for cyclists and runners at all times and the odd white van when walking on the right hand side going away from the castle.
Written September 16, 2020
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Kiamom
Pittsburgh, PA302 contributions
During our stay in Cardiff, we visited Bute Park daily. It was a short pleasant walk via Bute Park from our B & B on Cathedral Road to transportation options and attractions in center city Cardiff. The trees, lawns and gardens provided a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We enjoyed watching the ducks and swans on the river Taff. and soccer games at one of the fields. At the edge of the park, there is a stage where nightly performances occurred. There are several restaurants in the park. Restrooms and parking is also available.
Written April 5, 2020
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paulbennett0460
Southend-on-Sea, UK82 contributions
Couples
We walked through the park during a women’s charity walk for cancer charities and found it very moving that so many people had turned out for this good cause. The park is very moving, however…

Did you hear the one about the cafe that closes for lunch?

We hadn’t until today. The Secret Garden cafe, which promises all manner of healthy food, actually closes between 1 and 2. As we had passed on the panini and white bread rolls offered by the other two cafes, we trudged back to town to get something a bit more healthy. Did you hear about the cinema that closes between 7 and 9 in the evening? No, nor us, but there’s still time…
Written September 18, 2021
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Chrissy309
Shrewsbury, UK198 contributions
Bute Park, is situated right next to the castle and river.
It covers quite a large area with gardens, walks and a cafe (when open). Plus there was a childrens activity taking place, while we were there. Shame that the weather not so good when I visited but would be lovely on a nice sunny day
Written August 20, 2020
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Daniel
Caerphilly, UK148 contributions
Family
Bute park is absolutely huge, we spent most of a sunny day walking around Bute park as a family. Stopped near the ice cream van to have a picnic and an ice cream and then carried on exploring the grounds. Lovely day out.
Written November 22, 2020
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PebbleL
Cardiff, UK952 contributions
Despite living in and around Cardiff for several years, I've only recently got round to properly exploring Bute Park. I had no idea it's so big (130 acres in total) and hadn't realised there is so much stunning woodland to see. A lot of people travel to Westonbirt arboretum, not realising there are beautiful autumnal walks to be had here in Cardff.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jonnyboy2550
Cardiff, UK620 contributions
Couples
Beautiful weather and beautiful walks definitely brings the people out to the park, in spite of the lockdown.
All good on the social distancing front though, as there is much space and plenty of choice of windy paths to follow. Great, manicured gardens and wonderful, dappled woodland to explore.
Love to walk along the river too.
Written May 27, 2020
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Travelling3D
Wales, UK99 contributions
Friends
We came here for a picnic & a walk during the summer holidays. Beautiful grounds & so big!! We spent around 3 hours here just wandering around & taking photographs. We could have spent many more hours here wandering around but were limited with time. Would definitely visit again
Written September 14, 2021
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Michaela E
Coventry, UK3 contributions
Enjoyed a stroll around the park which has lots to offer: cafe, plant sale, plenty of space, trails and art. Very clean and well looked after. Could have stayed all day here.
Written June 1, 2021
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