Film and photography

Filming locations

From large TV dramas and nature documentaries to student films and photo shoots, Bute Park offers a stunning and versatile backdrop. If you would like to film in Bute Park you need to apply for a film permit. You will need to complete an application via the Cardiff Film Office to film in Bute Park.

There is a charge for the permit and a location fee for using Bute Park. You will need confirmation from both Cardiff Film Office and the Bute Park Team before you start filming.

Location fee

Students, non-commercial, news or weather items
Under 2 hoursFree
Half day (up to 4 hours)Free
Full day (4-12 hours)£50
Full week (7 days)£250
Direct benefit to Bute Park
Duration Rate
Under 2 hours Free
Half day (up to 4 hours) Free
Full day (4-12 hours) Negotiable
Full week (7 days) Negotiable
Independent production
Under 2 hours£75
Half day (up to 4 hours)£125
Full day (4-12 hours)£250
Full week (7 days)£1750
TV drama
Under 2 hours£100
Half day (up to 4 hours)£285
Full day (4-12 hours)£570
Full week (7 days)£3990
Feature Film
Under 2 hoursMin half day
Half day (up to 4 hours)£500
Full day (4-12 hours)£1000
Full week (7 days)£7000

Drone filming

Cardiff Council operates a strict policy regarding the use of drones over public land. A filming permit is only granted to operators that hold a current CAA licence, providing they also have the relevant supporting documentation i.e. public liability insurance, a risk assessment and map of flying route.

Any requests to fly a drone on Council land (Bute Park) should go via Cardiff Film Office. Cardiff Film Office will need to see your documents such as pilot licence, RAMS, insurance documentation and take-off and landing options on a google map.

Wedding photography

The park is an increasingly popular venue for wedding photographs because it offers such a picturesque and unique backdrop – we can also arrange to include your wedding car.

Get in touch and we can help make your big day picture perfect!

An aerial view over the Education Centre and Nursery

Share your pictures!

Bute Park is an ideal location for amateur photography. We love seeing and sharing your photographs on Social Media – remember to tag us in your posts! @buteparkcardiff #ButePark #LoveButePark #WildBute If you would like to use the park as a location in a more professional capacity please contact us to discuss as we may need proof of insurance and a location fee may apply.