Parks and Gardens, Cardiff
Roath Park is by far one of the most popular green spaces in Cardiff. It is situated approximately 2 miles to the North of the City Centre.
It was first opened to the public in 1894 and was created on a former bogland owned by the Marquis of Bute and donated to the City in 1887. The Park today has a wide range of habitats;
In the wildgardens native wild flowers are allowed to flourish, you can smell the wild garlic (Ramsons) as you drive by in the car.
The 30 acre lake is home to many resident wildfowl aswell as some migratory birds, there are four islands at the top of the lake which provide a peaceful haven for nesting birds. There is a lovely path surrounding the lake, this is very popular with walkers, joggers & sunday strollers. At the top of the lake is a lighthouse which was erected in 1915 as a memorial to Captain Scott's ill fated voyage to the Antartic; on top of the lighthouse is a replica of the Terra Nova, the ship he sailed in.
Rowing and pedal boats can be hired from the boatstage during the summer months & there is also a pleasure boat which runs trips around the lake. Next to the boatstage is a small Cafe selling drinks and refreshments.
During the summer months the Cardiff City Council work hard in creating beautiful floral displays on the promenade at the top of the lake. Just below the promenade is a really well equipped childrens play area with plenty of green space around it for playing ball games. Beyond the play area are paths leading to the rose gardens and also a Conservatory which for a nominal fee you can browse around the tropical plants & watch the fish & turtles swimming in a pond. Another feature in this area of the park are the Champion trees - these are the biggest and best of their kind in the UK. Roath Park has 12 Champion trees which are all numbered, during the summer the Park Warden runs a walk to look at the wide variety of Champion trees growing in the Park.
All in all, Roath Park has something to please everyone of all ages, it's definitely one of my favourite places.
Bute Park was given to the people of Cardiff in 1947 on the death of the Earl of Bute.
It is a Park and Arboretum, and has many attractive trees, especially in autumn,It is just beside Cardiff Castle and a well is near the northern wall as well as a bridge crossing a stream.
There are the Gorsedd stones [a stone circle] , Cooper's field and Blackweir Farm.
There are several entrances including North Lodge Gate and Castle Mews Gate. Castle Mews was built between 1874 and 1920. It was originally stables and accommodation for the castle staff, but is now an annex of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
There is a stream running though the park: dock feeder, and the canal follows the line of the mediaeval mill stream which powered the corn mills beneath the west walls of the castle.
Roath park is just a few miles from the centre of Cardiff and with its beautiful gardens and conservatory it is a must to visit and open daily to the public.
The park has a boating lake with many different kinds of birds nesting on and around the lake in spring.
It also has a play area with swings and slides for the children and is worth a visit when in Cardiff.
A visit to Roath park is a must if you have young children and you like flowers. Its few miles outside the capital city and has lovely gardens and large greenhouse housing exotic plants and flowers .
The children can spend hours on the swings and slides, then feed the ducks and swans which are all around the lake, or you could hire a boat and row the family for half hour or so on the water dont forget the picnic..
Located just northwest of the city centre is the green oasis of Bute Park. This vast area of landscaped flower gardens, lawns and recreation grounds was once a part of the grounds of Cardiff Castle.
The park straddles the River Taff, with footbridges crossing over it. It was landscaped in the 1870s and donated to the city in 1947. It is a lovely place to take a stroll or relax for a while.
Close to one of the main park entrances, just off Castle Road, there is a stone circle, which was erected in 1899. It's not Stone Henge, but worth a look all the same.
There is a wall that runs along the Castle Road side of the park which has sculptured animals sitting on top of it. This 'Animal Wall' became quite famous in the 1930's apparently, when a newspaper cartoon strip brought the animals to life.
The park visits will explore the natural history of the trees and landscape that can be found in Parc Cefn Onn, Bute Park and Roath Park. Learn about the plant collectors who were responsible for introducing the trees into cultivation, the great nurseries and tree suppliers who sold the trees to the owners of the parks, and the landscape designs into which the trees were included.
As an agriculturalist, I appreciate places where there is a lot of greenery.Trees are important for keeping pollution in check in the cities, and reducing the noise level.So, Cardiff is an environmentally friendly city with its pedestrian zones, parks and gardens, the tubs of flowers along the roads, and trees lining the streets.
Keep it up Cardiff.
Bute Park is large and has wide paths along which you find cyclists and joggers, as well as ordinary folk just enjoying a stroll among the lawns and trees.
Squirrels were busy stocking up for winter the day I was there.
The beautiful Bute Park provides Cardiff with greenery in the very centre of the city. Straddling the River Taff, it offers a combination of arboretum, flower gardens, recreation grounds and even some standing stones. Within the park's grounds is the Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Sophia Gardens, the Welsh Institute of Sport and a riding school. The park backs onto a music and drama college so listen out for the sound of strings and oboes as you walk past. Especially busy at weekends, it is also popular with city workers taking a quick lunchtime stroll.
Located to the north east of the city, this huge park is Roath's focal point. At one end is an immense boating lake with islands and a floodlit lighthouse - a tribute to Captain Scott who departed for Antarctica from Cardiff. Walking on, you'll come to a garden with scores of different varieties of roses, a tropical conservatory with the most amazing coloured fish and plants, children's play areas, tennis courts, a bowling green and a large recreation ground.
Roath Park stands in a beautiful location at the centre of this busy capital city - a stunning sight at day and night. The park still retains the classic Victorian Park atmosphere where local inhabitants and visitors alike can enjoy their leisure time in many different pursuits.
Among the buildings at the Museum is Fagan?s Castle, a late 16th century manor house generously donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.
Following a period of conservation work, the ground floor of St Fagans Castle is now open to visitors. The upper floor will remain closed until further notice..
Open all year round except 24/25 December, 10am-5pm, July-September 10am-6pm.
We woke up not realizing it was 10 a.m. and we had missed our free breakfast. We slowly got dressed and slowly walked downtown through a lovely park. We ate in the tea room at Cardiff's version of Harrods, called Howells, quite lovely and a little less expensive.
We strolled through their marketplace, much like our indoor swap meets. Cashed in some traveler's check at the Bank of Scotland, then we caught a city bus and went to St. Fagans Museum and Park. The ride on the upper deck was exciting and gave us a viewing advantage of the lovely countryside over the hedgerows. We roamed St. Fagan's manicured grounds and visited the Museum of Welsh Life. We had Welsh cakes, they are wonderful. Did our usual tourist shopping and fought the school kids for a seat on the city bus back to Cardiff.
This park in the middle of the city and close to the Cardiff castle, is ideal for picnics, walks etc (when the weather allows it of course lol).
The views of the park from the Norman castle are great too.
Friary Gardens is one of the three formal gardens in Cathays Park and the main feature is a statue of 3rd Marquess of Bute. The gardens were created in honour of the Marquess.
When in Cardiff, a visit to Roath Park is a must! There is a huge lake with lots of swans, a children's park and flower gardens. A great place for chillin!