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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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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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Bute Park is in the heart of the city and has something for everyone. Whether you want to walk in formal gardens, walk in the woods, stand and watch fishermen in the river, the... read more

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bute Park is in the heart of the city and has something for everyone. Whether you want to walk in formal gardens, walk in the woods, stand and watch fishermen in the river, the weir, play baseball, American football or anything else, sip a coffee in one of the cafes or have afternoon tea at Pettigrew's in the lodge at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really big with many scenic routes, especially by the river, and seems quiet in the middle of a busy city.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

take a step out of the noise and traffic and pop into bute park for peace, tranquility and beautiful surroundings - cardiff city centre's hidden gem

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our hotel was located on one side of the park, and we had a gorgeous stroll through the park to town. So lovely to see so much green in the city centre! The river runs right through the park. Beautiful daffodils growing everywhere. Very peaceful to wander through and take in the stunning nature. Easy to forget about the hustle... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This park is located right along the River Taff and I had a simply wonderful time just ambling along the pathway that runs along the river. It was a proper river unlike the Thames is in London or the Tagus is in Lisbon. :)

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

taking the kids here kills a few hours, in the winter the coffee and cakes is most welcome, the autumn colours are wonderful and the summer is and excellent walk and great for picnics

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a really nice park with really nice paths. Lots of water. A view of castle. It's really a nice place to take a walk. I found it enjoyable.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from Manchester I was surprised to find such a big public park right in the city centre. We spent a couple of hours walking round enjoying the numerous quirky features, including some kind of grass covered pig head, and watching the absolute army of squirrels that live there. Really pretty and enjoyable, looking forward to seeing it when the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a wheelchair user it's sometimes hard to find somewhere with full access which is also a lovely place to be, Bute Park is a great place to spend a day. Three perfect little cafe's to stop for a bite and all dog friendly, two fully accessible toilets which are accessible via a radar key only so they're kept in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this si such a beautiful peaceful area to go for an afternoon stroll or just to have a picnic. Well worth visiting

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