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Bute Park Education Centre


Located right at the heart of Cardiff, the site is easily accessible, but has all the tranquillity and beauty of a countryside getaway.

With large windows looking out over Cardiff Council's working horticultural nursery, the venue provides an ideal setting for both fun and informative learning, and as a distinct meeting space perfect for stimulating creativity in a relaxing environment where you are close to nature. 

The Centre is open to the public everyday 12 - 3pm and there is plenty of information on what you might be able to spot in the park, some interesting displays on the park's history or a map that will help you explore the best the park has to offer. 

Pick up a variety of leaflets from the Education Centre; the woodland explorer trail, a Family Tree Trail (for just one pound), a champion tree trail or the Herbaceous Border guide.

Free WiFi and toilets (inc disabled and baby change) are available all year round.  Bike stands and a number of picnic benches, including two looking out over the River Taff are also provided. 

Educational Visits 

Bute Park is a fantastic place to visit and learn. The Education Centre in the heart of the Park provides an excellent base for a wealth of exciting and engaging curriculum-linked activities.

The education programme includes sessions on:- 

  • Gerry’s story (A giraffe who gets lost in Bute Park)

  • Who lives in the park? mini-beast hunting, squirrel counting and bird watching

  • Environmental art and the park’s sculptures

  • A history tour of Bute Park

  • Trees – including a look at some of the park’s champion trees (largest of their type in the British Isles)

  • Orienteering and wildlife explorer trails

All sessions can be designed to meet different ages and requirements and other topics and subject areas can be catered for.  Education packages are available for either a half or a full day.

Meeting Rooms and Private Hire

The Bute Park Education Centre offers a unique small conference and meeting venue situated within the city’s premier grade1 listed historic park and arboretum. 

Particularly suited to meetings, workshops, seminars and small conferences, we offer a main classroom, optional break out room and a reception area, for display material.   If you are looking for an informal but well-equipped venue that enables guests to be inspired and stimulated by nature, then the Bute Park Education Centre is an excellent choice.


Bute Park offers a number of volunteering opportunities.

Front of House Volunteers at the Education Centre greet individuals and groups, provide visitors with assistance and information about Bute Park & Arboretum, help to publicise events and assist with the day to day running of the centre.  

Educational Event Volunteers assist the Education Officer with educational visits and family events at the Education Centre and in the park. Activities include mini beast hunts, orienteering and outdoor learning.  Roles include preparing activities, assisting children and parents/carers during events, taking photographs, encouraging visitors to fill in evaluation forms, clearing up after events.

Events Walks and Talks Volunteers assist on researching and preparing walks and talks for Bute Park and Arboretum providing visitors with information about the park’s heritage and environment. Volunteers will also help collect and collate visitor feedback.