The green heart of Cardiff, Bute is one of the UK's largest and most beautiful parks
Bute Park & Arboretum is an extensive area of mature parkland easily accessible from the city centre. Flanked by the River Taff, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and Cardiff Castle.
Bute Park is the “green heart” of Cardiff full of historic and wildlife interest. At 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches), it 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. Few cities have such a spacious green area in the heart of their city.
The History of Bute Park
Bute Park is on Cadw’s Register of Landscapes as an internationally-significant grade-1 listed historic landscape.
Parts of what is now Bute Park were laid out as a private pleasure garden for the Bute Family by Andrew Pettigrew between 1873 and 1903. It is the only known example of a designed layout by this highly respected 19th century gardener and horticulturist.
In 1947, the fifth Marquess of Bute presented the park to the people of Cardiff, and it is now managed on behalf of the people by the Council.
The park contains a wealth of historic interest dating back to Roman and medieval times. The park itself boasts over 2000 trees, including some “Champion Trees” known to be the biggest examples of their species anywhere in the UK.
As well as trees, the park is home to plenty of wildlife and visitors may see all three species of woodpecker, jays, tree creepers, otters, leaping salmon, waders, herons, damselflies and a whole host of fungi varieties on a trip through the park.
Bute Park Education Centre
Set discretely behind a garden wall constructed with reclaimed bricks, the Education Centre was built with sustainability in mind and features a grass roof, solar panels and timber-clad facade.
The Bute Park Education Centre is open to the public everyday (midday to 3pm) and is a venue where families can learn about the park’s rich heritage and wildlife. A Woodland Explorer Trail and Bute Park map are also available here to help you explore the best the park has to offer.
The bute Park Education Centre is also available for hire by companies and private groups. The Council also use it as the training base for the parks apprenticeship programme and as a venue for the park’s volunteer programme.
Our Education Officer offers educational visits to the park for schools, youth and community groups.
Free WiFi and toilets (inc disabled and baby change) are available at the site.
Events in the Park
Many large cultural events are organised in the park throughout the year taking advantage of the park’s excellent setting and accessibility. Events vary from small gatherings of community groups, fun runs and charity walks, to major events like the RHS Show.
There are a number of distinct event spaces for hire, each suited to different types and size of events. Please visit the Bute Park website for event booking information.
Entrances from the city centre, via footbridges at Sophia Gardens and Pontcanna/Blackweir together with the Taff Trail running north. A water bus service links Bute Park with Cardiff Bay. The stop is located adjacent to Canton Bridge at the southern end of the park.
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