Roath Park 2819

Cardiff, Wales

Brief Description

Roath Park is an extensive late-19th-century public park, laid out by William Harpur and planted by William Pettigrew. It remains intact, with much of its original framework. However, the layout and planting have been simplified and built structures replaced.

History

Roath Park was the first publicly-owned public park in Cardiff. It was constructed between 1887 and 1894.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal park for general public use.

Detailed Description

Roath Park is a very fine, extensive late-Victorian public park, laid out by William Harpur and planted by William Pettigrew. It remains intact, with much of its original framework. However, the layout and planting have been simplified and built structures replaced.

The large lake is an unusual and outstanding feature. The park still contains all the typical elements of an urban public park of this period, and continues to serve most of its original recreational functions.

The park also retains its setting of surrounding villa residences, which were built to take advantage of the pleasant setting that the park, and in particular its large lake, afforded.

Features
  • Lake
  • Description: There is a 30 acre lake, forming the focal point of the park.
  • Ornamental Bridge
  • Description: There are several footbridges listed at Grade II.
  • Planting
  • Description: Wild garden area at the north of the lake.
  • Planting
  • Description: The former botanic gardens.
Conservatory
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal park for general public use.
History

Detailed History

Roath Park was the first publicly-owned public park in Cardiff. It was ambitiously conceived to provide a wide range of recreational, sporting, and educational facilities for the residents of east Cardiff. It was constructed between 1887 and 1894.

Associated People

People associated to Roath Park

Contact

Telephone

01443 336000

Official Website

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Other websites

Owners

  • Cardiff Council

    Heath Park, King George V Drive, CF14 4EP
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