Just a short walk from Cardiff Castle and the city centre is Bute Park, an extensive area of mature parkland, flanked by the River Taff, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and the castle. Few places can boast such a spacious green area in the heart of their city - a very popular 'green lung' full of historic and wildlife interest. Containing a stunning, nationally significant arboretum with 50 UK ‘Champion Trees', Bute Park attracts over 1,000,000 visits a year and plays a vital role in the city's events calendar - the RHS Show Cardiff is just one of such flagship events.
Bute Park was once the ‘back garden’ of Cardiff Castle and therefore they share a common history, and have played significant roles in the development of the city from Roman and medieval times, through the industrial revolution, up until the modern city of Cardiff we know today. From 1873, the southern section was laid out by Andrew Pettigrew for the Bute family as Cardiff Castle's private pleasure grounds. In 1947 the 5th Marquess of Bute presented much of Bute Park, nearby Sophia Gardens and Cardiff Castle itself, as a gift to the people of the city.