Roath Park, opened in 1894, is Cardiff's most popular public park and still retains its classic Victorian atmosphere and layout.


  • Roath Park Lake: The 30 acre man-made lake is a popular facility for fishing and boating. The Scott
  • Memorial Lighthouse on the lake is one of Cardiff’s iconic images
  • Wild Garden: North of the lake, its winding paths and wildflowers are shaded by trees
  • Llandennis Oval: North of the Wild garden, this is a site steeped in history. Its ancient pond is said to be the site of St Isan’s 12th century ‘Llan’ or enclosure
  • Botanic Garden: South of the dam, the ‘botanics’ contains a superb tree and shrub collection, floral displays, adventure playground and Roath Park Conservatory
  • Roath Pleasure Gardens: Lying south of Eastern Avenue, the Pleasure Gardens provides bowls, tennis and basketball facilities in a parkland setting
  • Roath Recreation Ground: South east of the Pleasure Gardens, the home of Welsh baseball also provides football and rugby pitches, a children’s playground and trim trail


  • Roath Park Conservatory (Botanic Garden) open for self guided tours and school visits
  • Public toilets and baby changing (Boatstage, Botanic Garden and Recreation Ground)
  • Children’s playgrounds (Botanic Garden and Recreation Ground)
  • Roath Park cafeteria (Botanic Garden)
  • Ice cream kiosk (Botanic Garden)
  • Boat hire from the boatstage at Roath Park Lake
  • Sports fields and changing rooms
  • Bowling and tennis at Roath Pleasure Gardens

Opening Hours

The park and pleasure gardens are open from 7:30 am – 30 mins before sunset.

The recreation ground is open 24 hours a day.