History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Llandennis Oval stands on a 12th century llan enclosure
In 1887 the wealthy 3rd Marquis of Bute donated land for a public park here. The park opened in 1894 and had as its focal point a large manmade lake, covering 30 acres. In 1915 a lighthouse was built in the lake as a memorial to Captain Robert Scott's tragic Antarctic expedition. The lighthouse has become one of the most beloved, iconic buildings in Cardiff. Within the striking white lighthouse is a scale model of Scott's ship, the Terra Nova.
North of the lake is a wild garden, and still further north is the Llandennis Oval, with a pond thought to lie on the site of a 12th century enclosure, or llan, built by St Isaan.
Within the park are 12 Champion trees, recognised as the largest and finest of their species in Britain. A signposted trail leads around the park from tree to tree, among which are oleaster, Ginko Biloba, and Dwarf Japanese Red Pine. A modern greenhouse houses unusual plants including banana trees, orchids, and palms. The greenhouse replaces 2 original glasshouses built in the early 1900s.
Roath is perhaps best known for its rose gardens, which contains a trial bed for the National Rose Society. The garden produces exceptionally colourful displays in season.
The park is open daylight hours throughout the year, and there is on-street parking on nearby streets.
About Roath Park
Address: Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 2 m N city centre
Website: Roath Park
OS: ST185 795
Photo Credit: Robin Drayton, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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