Unwind in the beautiful surrounds of Roath Park, a popular pastoral oasis that's been delighting visitors since 1894. The Victorian park features a lake, a botanic garden, a wildflower garden and sporting facilities.
There are approximately 130 acres (52.6 hectares) of parkland to explore. Rent a peddle boat for a trip across Roath Park Lake, a 30-acre (12-hectare) man-made body of water. As you move across the lake you may see some of the local birdlife, including ducks, swans and geese.
Look for the Scott Memorial Lighthouse. The monument commemorates Captain Scott's doomed 1910 voyage to the South Pole, which set sail from Cardiff. If you are interested in fishing, purchase a day pass to fish in the water.
Admire the floral displays, trees and shrubs in the Botanic Garden and visit its conservatory. Inside are temperate and subtropical plants, including palm trees and orchids. Stroll along the winding paths of the Wild Garden and head over to Llandennis Gardens where there is an ancient pond. During World War I there were a number of allotments here, as there were in many parks and open spaces in the United Kingdom. These allotments were created to help address food shortages. Another good spot for a walk is around the lake and along its promenade.
Inside the Pleasure Gardens, find basketball, bowls and tennis facilities. More sporting activities can be enjoyed on the soccer and rugby pitches of the Recreation Ground. Bring the kids to the playground here.
Roath Park is approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the center of Cardiff and is well served by local bus services. Free street parking is available in the surrounding area. The park is open daily and admission is free. Among the amenities here are toilets, a café, an ice cream kiosk, changing rooms and baby changing facilities. Bring a picnic as there are many places to enjoy a meal here in the outdoors.