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“Loved the animal wall”
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Bute Park
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Cardiff and Wales Day Tour From Oxford
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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 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.
Skala Kallonis, Greece
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“Loved the animal wall”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The wall starts just on the left side as soon as the castle ends, and every few metres there is a different type of animal carved in stone, popping up from the low wall. I went around with my 2 teenage daughters, taking photos of each and every animal and they were quite delighted; when the wall finishes, you are at the entrance of Bute Park. The park in itself is quite big, with a few trails to walk along, a small garden with gorgeous flowers somewhere in the centre, with benches to sit on and have a snack, cyclists, joggers, people practising yoga, quite tranquil and serene, good for a rest. Taff river cuts along the edge of the one side of the park, which you can walk across on the small lovely bridges and then walk along the banks, it seems that you're in a forest instead of a busy town centre, you can also catch boats along the river going towards Cardiff Bay, the river a little dirty, very peaceful on Sunday morning when we visited, but got busy after 10am, when the boats start.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful park in the heart of Cardiff”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

I stumbled upon the gorgeous Bute Park (annexed to the grounds of Cardiff Castle), as I was photographing the Animal Wall.

The River Taff cuts through the park and there's a fantastic boat ride which takes you to Cardiff Bay. The park has lots of trails and some carved wooden statuary that's pretty cool. It's a beautiful oasis literally in the middle of a busy city. Well worth a visit, but make sure you leave time (and room in your belly) for the Pettigrew Tea Rooms, which sit at the park's entrance.

Visited May 2013
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“The Central Park of Cardiff”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Wide, green, peaceful, with open spaces and lots of trees and pathways and the river nearby. Walk through and see the castle emerge from the trees. A place for summer entertainment and winter magic. Every city should have a park like this!

Visited August 2013
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Needham, Massachusetts
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“A lovely park”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

What a great place to take a walk and enjoy the River Taff.
You can also pick up a boat to Cardiff Bay.
Beautiful gardens and lots of walking paths.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Green & Peace”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

I love parks, stretches of green with lovely flowers. This is a beautiful one. First thing that came to my mind after coming here was to bring a book and coffee and just lie there and reading.

Visited August 2013
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