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Brief description of site

Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. With Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens to the west, it forms a huge space open to the public within the centre of Cardiff. A mix of rare and ornamental trees have been planted since 1947 to compliment some excellent specimens that formed part of the original park design. These include some 'Champion Trees' known to be the biggest examples of their species anywhere in the UK. Bute Park also has a renowned herbaceous border with the River Taff as a backdrop.

Brief history of site

The park contains a wealth of historic interest dating back to Roman and medieval times. Capability Brown was commissioned to modernise Cardiff Castle and the castle green in 1778, but his work did not extend beyond the castle walls. Bute Park was created as the pleasure ground for the Victorian Gothic restoration of Cardiff Castle from the 1860s onwards. Work on the site by Andrew Pettigrew between 1873 and 1903 is the only known example of a designed layout by this horticulturist. In 1947, the fifth Marquess of Bute presented the park to the people of Cardiff, and it is now managed on behalf of the people by the Council.

Location information:

Address: Castle Street, CF10 3FD

Locality: Cardiff

Local Authorities:

Cardiff; Castle; Castle

Historical County: Glamorgan

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 171 Grid Ref: ST181765
Latitude: 51.4815 Longitude: -3.1808

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1778

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

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