With its central location, vast array of historical features and varied events programme, Bute Park is a grade 1 listed park and often seen as the jewel in Cardiff’s crown. It contains many features and a wealth of archaeological and nature conservation places of interest.
The park has undergone a £5.6 million restoration project, supported by a £3.1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This has restored some important historic features, provided new facilities and helped us tell the park's fascinating story. Bute Park is one of our Green Flag parks.
- Blackfriars Friary: An unusual layout of medieval Friary remains which was excavated in the late 19th century by the third marquess of Bute and interpreted in Victorian brick to show the original building plan.
- Bute Park Arboretum: Created in 1947 and contains a mix of interesting and ornamental trees. Many of these are champion trees, the biggest examples of their species in the UK, leaflet available at the Education Centre.
- Animal Wall: The iconic William Burges landmark was cleaned and conserved in 2010 for the delight of residents and visitors.
Herbaceous border: A renowned herbaceous border runs alongside the River Taff, leaflet available at the Education Centre.
West Lodge: Pettigrew Tea Rooms, a vintage-style tea room, is located at the southern end of the park in the handsome West Lodge building on Castle Street. Inside you can relax and indulge in the pleasure of taking tea in elegant surroundings or, if you prefer, sit outside on the terrace area with lovely views over the river Taff.
- Mill Leat: The line of the former medieval millstream and mill pond, running below the walls of Cardiff Castle has been re-flooded to restore beautiful views of the castle and enhance the character of this forgotten corner of the park.
- Dockfeeder: The slow flowing waters of the feeder canal bely its function as a supply of water to Cardiff's Docks. The feeder is a haven for wildlife and provides a contrast to the more formal areas of parkland.
- Gorsedd stones: Despite their ancient appearance, the stones recall Cardiff's hosting of the National Eisteddfod in 1978.
- Sculpture trail: A series of timber sculptures, created from tree trunks in the arboretum provide interest throughout the park.
- Blackweir and Salmon pass: During October salmon can be seen leaping the weir to get to their spawning grounds higher up the river.
The Millennium Bridge and Fisher Bridge (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) will remain open until 7pm over the winter months. Please note all other gates will be closed 30 minutes before sunset. View Bute Park opening times External link opens in a new window
How to find us
Vehicle entrance (North road)
Public transport: See Cardiff busExternal link opens in a new window for local routes or visit TravelineCymruExternal link opens in a new window to plan your journey online
Parking: Not available on site. Car parks are available within walking distance. Find out about nearby car parksExternal link opens in a new window .
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