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"Roath Park & Gardens" Top 5 Page for this destination Roath Park Tip by Myfanwe

Roath Park, Cardiff: 6 reviews and 14 photos

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Roath Park is by far one of the most popular green spaces in Cardiff. It is situated approximately 2 miles to the North of the City Centre.

It was first opened to the public in 1894 and was created on a former bogland owned by the Marquis of Bute and donated to the City in 1887. The Park today has a wide range of habitats;

In the wildgardens native wild flowers are allowed to flourish, you can smell the wild garlic (Ramsons) as you drive by in the car.

The 30 acre lake is home to many resident wildfowl aswell as some migratory birds, there are four islands at the top of the lake which provide a peaceful haven for nesting birds. There is a lovely path surrounding the lake, this is very popular with walkers, joggers & sunday strollers. At the top of the lake is a lighthouse which was erected in 1915 as a memorial to Captain Scott's ill fated voyage to the Antartic; on top of the lighthouse is a replica of the Terra Nova, the ship he sailed in.

Rowing and pedal boats can be hired from the boatstage during the summer months & there is also a pleasure boat which runs trips around the lake. Next to the boatstage is a small Cafe selling drinks and refreshments.

During the summer months the Cardiff City Council work hard in creating beautiful floral displays on the promenade at the top of the lake. Just below the promenade is a really well equipped childrens play area with plenty of green space around it for playing ball games. Beyond the play area are paths leading to the rose gardens and also a Conservatory which for a nominal fee you can browse around the tropical plants & watch the fish & turtles swimming in a pond. Another feature in this area of the park are the Champion trees - these are the biggest and best of their kind in the UK. Roath Park has 12 Champion trees which are all numbered, during the summer the Park Warden runs a walk to look at the wide variety of Champion trees growing in the Park.

All in all, Roath Park has something to please everyone of all ages, it's definitely one of my favourite places.

Address: Off Lake Road West/East, Roath Park, Cardiff
Directions: Can be accessed by Train - Heath Halt Station (a five minute walk down the hill)
Bus - No.28 from Cardiff Central (Thornhill)

Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 2087

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 15, 2009
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