Situated beyond Cardiff Castle Bute Park & Arboretum is an extensive area of mature parkland easily accessible from the city centre. 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. There is plenty to do in the park and you can pick up a variety of self-led trails to guide you on certain activities and topics. Pettigrew Tea Rooms or The Summerhouse Café is great place to stop for a spot of lunch or a refreshing cup of tea or coffee.
A short journey by coach takes you to St Fagans, National History Museum. Surrounding one of the finest Elizabethan manor houses in Wales, are beautiful gardens displays including an Italian Garden (laid out in 1902) restored in 2003 and thyme garden while there are many original features to the site. Fish ponds, fountains a mulberry grove and vinery and an exquisite rosary add depth and colour to the Castle’s grounds.
Now in the care of the National Trust, the magnificent Edwardian gardens flow from grand vistas to intimate spaces overlooked by a large mansion. The gardens cover more than 55 acres with intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum there is plenty to explore all day.