Bute Park is a green haven in the heart of the city. It is flanked by the River Taff, and next to Cardiff Castle. Filled with historic, horticultural and environmental features, it is internationally recognised for its grade 1 listed historic designed landscape, scheduled ancient monument, arboretum and a wealth of archaeological and nature conservation interest.
The Arboretum, created in 1947 contains a mix of interesting and ornamental trees. Many of these are the biggest examples of their species in the UK. A colourful herbaceous border runs alongside the River Taff. .
Exploring Bute Park is extremely rewarding and once within the gates you will find it hard to believe you are so close to the bustling city centre. Bute Park also hosts a varied events programme throughout the year.
Cardiff's biggest city centre public park, (59 hectares of parkland) 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
The Victorian garden layout still exists, but since 1947 the park has been extensively planted with trees to form the Bute Park Arboretum. Following a survey of trees in the park, it was described by Dr Owen Johnson of the Tree Register of the British Isles as 'one of the most interesting and varied parks in the country'.
Bute Park gets over 1 million visits per year