Parks and Gardens, Cardiff
Located immediately adjacent to Cardiff Castle, Bute Park comprises 56 hectare and is a great location in the heart of the city, offering opportunities for a stroll or picnic to both residents and visitors alike.
It is surrounded by the River Taff, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and Cardiff Castle.
Near the West Lodge Gate, you will find a stone circle in Bute Park.
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 Gorsedd Gardens was established in 1905. This was due to the opening of the City Hall. In Gorsedd Gardens you will find sandstone blocks of a druidic circle. The stones are nineteenth century minerals from the cliffs of Penarth. They were used for real in 1899 when the Eisteddfod visited Cardiff and held its performances in a massive wooden shed erected where City Hall now stands. The stones were moved when the City Hall foundations went in and it was agreed that they should become the centrepiece for a new public garden.
The southern edge of Bute Park, running west from Cardiff Castle along Castle St, is a low wall topped with stone figures of lions, seals, bears and other creatures. The Bute Park Animal Wall was designed by castle architect William Burges but only completed in 1892 after his death; it was extended and more animals added in the 1920s. A newspaper cartoon strip in the '30s brought the animals to life and many Cardiff kids grew up thinking the animals came alive at night.
For more about the wall see Sean's page at:
Bute Park is probably the biggest park in Cardiff. The park stretches for 2 miles northwest from the centre from beside the castle. It was landscaped in 1870 and donated to the city by the Butes in 1947.
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.
The Bute Park is a large park at the river Taff and directly next to the castle. It’s named after the Bute family, whose gardener Andrew Pettigrew created the layout of the park. Originally, this place was the pleasure ground of the castle. Today, it’s freely open to the public and a nice place to relax.
In the park, you find among others an Arboretum with interesting trees, the remains of a 12th century Blackfriars friary which is being restored at the moment, the Gorsedd stones which is a “modern” stone circle from 1978, and some tree sculptures.
The wall between the Bute Park and the Castle Street is another sight, the “Animal Wall”, which was designed by William Burges. Originally, there was a wall in the front of the castle with animal statues, but they were later moved west and some more animals were added. It is well restored and the animals look pretty realistic, like they were just going to jump from the wall.
The park is open from 7:30am.
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.
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.
Cardiff has a number of parks. In spring/summer 2012, I had a stroll in Sophia Gardens. There were people walking their dogs, strolling with babies in push chairs, or sitting on the grass or benches just enjoying the peaceful surroundings. In the distance was a play area, and near the entrance a cafe.
I enjoyed seeing thetrees in bloom, especially the horse chestnut trees. The grass was dotted with daisies and buttercups.
These formal gardens were named after Alexandra of Denmark, the Queen consort of Edward VII and situated in the heart of Cathay's Park (the Civic Centre). The gardens' most notable feature is the Welsh National Memorial, designed by Sir Ninian Comper, and unveiled in 1928. The memorial commemorates the servicemen who died in both World War I and World War II. Please click onto the link for further information about the war memorial.
Bute Park is the biggest municipal park in Cardiff with over 1176 hectares of parks and recreation grounds. It was originally the private garden to Cardiff Castle and Andrew Pettigrew, the Header Gardener, managed for the third Marquees of Bute from the late 19th Century till the early 20th Century.
The fifth Marquees of Bute gave a considerable amount of grounds to the people of Cardiff in 1947 and the park developed extensively with the planting of trees to form the successful Bute Park Arboretum and the grounds with Cardiff Castle as the backdrop is a listed historic designed landscape.
The park offers a variety of events throughout the year including the RHS Spring Show (It was on when I visited the park and some of the park were cordoned off because of it). The park highlights includes a variety of attractions such as Blackfriars Friary and Mill Leat which runs below the Cardiff Castle's walls. For more details please check out the information on the park's website.
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.
Next to St. Fagans is and an enchanting maze. In October I didn't expect to see such green landscape - but it is so green and lush.
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.