If you have a spare sunny day on your hands or have a few hours of daylight left after work, I highly recommend a visit to Bute Park. It’s not just a walk: it’s an experience.
Bute Park is such a beautiful and interesting place that I’ve actually written 2 blog posts about it! You can read the other one here.
This walk is for:
- Readers and typists who want some peace and quiet.
- Runners and cyclists who want a flat, smooth surface.
- Photographers and cinematographers.
- Walkers who enjoy short, flat walks.
- Families wanting a nice day out.
This walk is not for:
- Anyone looking for a fitness challenge.
I don’t believe it’s an overstatement to say that Bute Park is the perfect park. It’s beautiful from corner to corner, with lots of big green trees, colourful flowers, singing birds, happy couples with their dog, etc. It’s like something out of a Disney movie.
Bute Park is maintained so well: there’s no litter, graffiti, damage, and most surprising of all, no dog poop. How refreshing it is to be able to look around and enjoy the scenery because you’re not busy looking down, dodging poop.
This is partly thanks to Cardiff Council and The Heritage Lottery Fund, who invested £5.6m into this park, under the Bute Park Restoration Project 2012.
There are plenty of benches for those who like to take regular breaks. There are also 3 cafes within the park. 2 of those cafes, Secret Gardens Cafe and Pettigrew Tea Rooms, has toilets, but they close at 5pm and 5.30pm. Thankfully, there are plenty of toilets in the city, which would be open until 8pm.
What’s great about this park is you’re not restricted to one path. There’s the main path that has many twists and turns along the way. Each turning will give you a different fate, leading you into a new section to discover.
It reminds of those Fighting Fantasy books. Your adventure is decided by the regular rolls of dice. Feel free to take 2 dice with you and try this out in the park. When a new path presents itself, roll an even number to stay on the path you’re walking. Roll an odd number to switch to the new path.
Above is the route I did. I started at Cardiff Train Station for some reason. I tried to stay on the main path but was just too curious. You’ll end up wanding off-track too, I bet. My walk around the park was about 5 miles, which took about an hour and a half.
Unfortunately, Bute Park has to end eventually. But when it does, there’s a selection of activities to choose from.
At the high street end of the park, (where most people enter,) you’ll see that Cardiff Castle is embedded into a corner of the park. I’ve never been in there myself, so I can’t tell you what it’s like. It does look quite stunning and interesting from an outsider’s perspective. Plus, I hear there are peacocks inside. Prices for entry are below.
If you fancy a boat ride from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay, via the well-known River Taff, there are plenty of trips on offer throughout the day. You’ll find more information below.
Again, I’ve not experienced this myself but it looks like a lovely way to go from one adventure to another. Cardiff Bay is another lovely place that can be discovered in a relatively short amount of time.
In conclusion, Bute Park is full of beauty and serenity. It’s a way to escape our busy lives and just simply stop for a few hours. It’s a beautiful walk and a lasting experience. This should be on everyone’s bucket list, no matter how far away you live.