Cardiff Castle & Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales
Record Id: 682
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
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.
Address: Castle Street, CF10 3FD
Cardiff; Castle; Castle
Historical County: Glamorgan
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This is a municipal park for general public use.
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