Bute Park is the perfect spot for groups to relax and wind down after a busy day of sight-seeing. At 56 hectares in the heart of Cardiff city, there is plenty to do and plenty to see in the Park. Bute Park’s rich history dates back to the 19th century when it was laid out from 1873.
Indulge in home-made cakes in the vintage-style Tea Rooms. Enjoy the outdoors with a cup of tea and some snacks in the Summerhouse café. Revel in some high quality food at the Secret Garden café with views of climbing roses, grass lawn and the flower border.
For those feeling up to a bit of an adventure, there is plenty to explore in Bute Park. The famous Animal Wall, located at the southern boundary of the park on Castle Street, is topped with stone figures of lions, seals, bears and other creatures. Take a stroll through the ‘herbaceous border’ that runs parallel to the river Taff, to see a striking display of perennial and herbaceous plants. Or enjoy the views of the Mill Leat, which is the water body that runs along the western edge of Cardiff Castle. And see if your group can find the 20 sculptures scattered throughout the park!
For nature lovers there is an interesting mix of rare and ornamental trees which have been planted since 1947. Bute Park itself boasts over 2000 trees, including some “Champion Trees” known to be the biggest examples of their species anywhere in the UK. As well as trees, the park is home to plenty of wildlife and groups may see all three species of woodpecker, jays, tree creepers, leaping salmon, waders, herons, damselflies, a whole host of fungi varieties and if you’re lucky even otters !
Admission is completely free and the park is open 365 days a year, but the closing times of Bute Park vary each week so group organisers should check the website for more information.
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