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Bute Park

Castle Street, Cardiff. CF10 3RB • (029) 2087 2087
Bute Park, Cardiff
Bute Park, Cardiff

Steeped in history and full of wildlife and horticultural features, Bute Park is a magical place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park is listed along with Cardiff Castle, as a Grade One historic designed landscape and also contains the Blackfriars site, a scheduled ancient monument.

Cardiff's biggest city centre public park, was originally created as the private garden to Cardiff Castle by Head Gardener Andrew Pettigrew for the third Marquess of Bute between 1873 and 1901.

In 1947, a significant proportion of the grounds were given to the people of Cardiff by the fifth Marquess of Bute, along with Cardiff Castle and Sophia Gardens (further portions of land were purchased and leased by the council to create an extensive park). The Victorian garden layout still exists, but since 1947 the park has been extensively planted with trees to form the Bute Park Arboretum.

Popular with all residents of Cardiff, Bute Park has both quiet corners and spaces for leisure activities.


Free Entry, Café Serving Meals, Light Refreshments Available, Picnic Area, Public Toilets.

No easily accessible wifi. Smoking allowed.

Opening Times:

Open 7.30am-dusk daily. Free admission.


Advance booking is not required.


Located to the north of the city centre behind Cardiff Castle. Entrances on Castle Street, North Road and from Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna. Access is also available from the north of the city.

Getting There:

National Rail Cardiff Central railway station: Ten minutes walk.


Parking available nearby - payment required.

Web Comments:

Quiet and relaxing.

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Bute Park, Castle Street, Cardiff. CF10 3RB • (029) 2087 2087

Last Updated Monday 28 March 2022

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