Welcome to Bute Park and Arboretum

Behind Cardiff Castle just a short walk from the city’s main high streets and civic centre, Bute Park is the green heart of the city.

Explore a superb tree collection, natural play features, an education centre, three cafes, and a wealth of horticulture and wildlife.

Bute Park is a Green Flag site and a CADW Grade 1 listed park. Read about the history of the park.

Park attractions

Pedal Power

Pedal Power

You can hire a bike from Pedal Power in Pontcanna and enjoy the beauty of Bute Park or cycle along the Taff Trail. Learn more.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

The water taxi service is a unique and fun way to travel to the park. Learn more.

Plant Shop

Plant Shop

The Bute Park Plant Shop stock a range of plants and bulbs to purchase. Our knowledgeable staff are happy to offer expert advice on purchasing and maintaining our beautiful plants. Learn more.

Gorsedd Stone Circle

Gorsedd Stone Circle

This circular collection of stones was installed in 1978 to commemorate the Welsh National Eisteddfod in Cardiff. Learn more.

The Education Centre

The Education Centre

The Bute Park Education Centre is a hub for learning and training and acts as a visitor centre for the park. Learn more.

Bee hives

Bee hives

Bute Park honey is now back on the menu and available to buy directly from Bute Park Education Centre and Pettigrew Tea Rooms Learn more.

Herbaceous Border

Herbaceous Border

Our renowned ‘Herbaceous Border’ is a striking display of perennial and herbaceous plants that runs parallel to the river Taff. Learn more.

Bat Meadow

Bat Meadow

The wildflower meadow was created in 2017 to provide a diverse and attractive habitat for insects, pollinators and a food source to encourage an increase in bat population. Learn more.

Woodland Play Trail

Woodland Play Trail

Hidden in the woods behind the Summerhouse Café, 11 outdoor play items create an exciting and fun woodland balance trail for youngsters or the young-at-heart. Learn more.

Sculpture Trail

Sculpture Trail

There are twenty one sculptures to discover throughout the park. Learn more.

Seasonal Discovery Trails

Seasonal Discovery Trails

Our Seasonal Discovery Trails are packed with fun ideas for children to do in the park throughout the year. Learn more.

History Points (QR code) Trail

History Points (QR code) Trail

Use your QR scanner to access a wealth of information, old photographs, drawings and maps of Bute Park. Learn more.

Champion tree trail

Champion tree trail

This trail takes you around the park and highlights our Champion Tree selection. Champion Trees are acknowledged as the tallest or broadest of their type in the British Isles, and currently Bute Park has 41 champion trees. Find out about our collection by picking up a Champion Tree Trail map from the Education Centre. Learn more.

Family tree trail

Family tree trail

A trail for families with children - giving you a fun and friendly insight into our collection. Learn more.

Blackfriar’s Friary

Blackfriar’s Friary

Blackfriars Friary is an ancient scheduled monument and a grade II listed building dating back to the 13th Century. Learn more.

Mill Leat

Mill Leat

The body of water along the western edge of Cardiff Castle is known as the Mill Leat. Learn more.

Summerhouse Café

Summerhouse Café

The Summerhouse cafe offers a wide selection of locally sourced drinks and snacks. Learn more.

The Nursery

The Nursery

Producing thousands of bedding plants and supplying plants and trees throughout Cardiff’s parks and in the city centre. Learn more.

The Animal Wall

The Animal Wall

Animals peer over the wall from the park onto Castle Street delighting generations of residents and visitors. Learn more.

River Taff

River Taff

The River Taff is 64 km long and is formed at Cefn-coed-y-cymmer in Merthyr Tydfil at the confluence of the rivers Taf Fechan and Taf Fawr. Learn more.

Secret Garden Café

Secret Garden Café

The Secret Garden Cafe is an independent business who describe themselves as “An honest cafe in the heart of Cardiff, promoting local produce, the environment and community.” Learn more.

Fitness trail

Fitness trail

Along the path around Blackweir playing fields you will find our fitness trail which features 8 fitness stations. Learn more.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Pettigrew Tea Rooms

This vintage-style tea room is located at the southern end of the park in the handsome West Lodge building on Castle Street. Learn more.

Upcoming events

11
Jan
Monthly Conservation Sessions
11/01/2019 10:30 am
Bute Park Education Centre
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02
Feb
Winter Warmer Run
02/02/2019 10:00 am
Coopers Field, Bute Park
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08
Feb
Monthly Conservation Sessions
08/02/2019
Bute Park Education Centre
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08
Mar
Stroke Association Resolution Run
08/03/2019 10:00 am
Orchard Lawn, Bute Park
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14
Mar
Monthly Conservation Sessions
14/03/2019
Bute Park Education Centre
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17
Apr
RHS Cardiff
17/04/2019 10:00 am
Coopers Field, Bute Park
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26
Apr
Cardiff Walk for Life
26/04/2019 10:00 am
Education Centre, Bute Park
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05
Oct
Cardiff Memory Walk
05/10/2019 10:00 am
Coopers Field, Bute Park
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27
Oct
Poppy Run Cardiff
27/10/2019 9:00 am
Coopers Field, Bute Park
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30
Oct
Pumpkin Carving
30/10/2019 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pettigrew Tea Room
Castle Street
Cardiff
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01
Nov
RSPB Cymru Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff - Autumn Wildlife In Bute Park
01/11/2019 - 12:00 am
Bute Park Education Centre
Bute Park
Cardiff
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01
Nov
Autumn Wildlife in Bute Park
01/11/2019 - 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Bute Park Education Centre
Bute Park
Cardiff
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02
Nov
Sparks in the park
02/11/2019 4:30 pm
Blackweir Fields, Bute Park
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09
Nov
Monthly Conservation Sessions
09/11/2019 10:30 am
Bute Park Education Centre
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09
Nov
MoRunning
09/11/2019 9:00 am
Coopers Field, Bute Park
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30
Nov
Tree Walk at Bute Park
30/11/2019 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Summerhouse Cafe
Bute Park
CARDIFF
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14
Dec
Monthly Conservation Sessions
14/12/2019 10:30 am
Bute Park Education Centre
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