Great Places to Walk Your Dog in Cardiff
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Great Places to Walk Your Dog in Cardiff

22 December 2022

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is a port city on the south coast of the country. It offers a pawsome range of unique attractions and entertainment, and the fun won’t stop if you own or borrow a dog in Cardiff.

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So start your planning here, we’ve found a host of dog friendly places in Cardiff so you and your doggy have tons to explore and make the most of your visit or of your home city. Want to walk a dog in Cardiff? You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens

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In the heart of Cardiff city is Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens. The fields and gardens run alongside the River Taff, and cover a vast area. Tree-lined avenues and riverside walks make this an ideal space for you and your pooch to explore.

The parkland is grade 2 listed and has an impressive range of sporting facilities including the Glamorgan County Cricket Ground and National Sports Centre for Wales.

Bute Park

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The so-called “green heart” of Cardiff is Bute Park. A short walk away from Sophia Gardens across the River Taff, Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and one of the UK's largest and most beautiful parks. With 56 hectares of land for you and your dog to explore, you’re guaranteed a good day out.

Inside the park you’ll find a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. As Visit Cardiff says: “Few cities have such a spacious green area in the heart of their city.“

Plan your dog walk to Bute Park.

Victoria Park

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Situated in the Canton district of Cardiff, Victoria Park is described by Cardiff Council as one of their “best loved parks.” A grade 2 listed Victorian Park with lots to offer local dog walkers, Victoria Park is a bit smaller than its city centre counterparts, covering almost 20 acres, but has just as much character!

The original model boating and paddling pool still exist within the grounds of the park and a replica of the original bandstand, which was demolished after it fell into disrepair. Victoria Park is recognised as one of the best maintained in the Cardiff area and has received a Green Flag Award. It has also been used for location filming for Doctor Who episodes

Heath Park

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In the northern suburbs of the city lies Heath Park, 37 acres of doggy heaven including woodland areas, ponds and wetland. The park is also home to the Heath Park Model Railway and a great pitch and putt course.

There are huge grassy fields which are ideal for frolicking pooches, and shops and cafes are closeby should you fancy a coffee stop post walk. The park is located just behind University Hospital of Wales and is a great place for a picnic in the summer.

Roath Park

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Deemed Cardiff’s “most popular public park” by Cardiff Council, Roath Park is a large, long and narrow Victorian park that boasts a lake, botanic garden, adventure playground, cafe and sports facilities. Like Victoria Park, Roath Park has recently been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award.

Within the 130 acre park lies Roath Park Lake - a 30 acre man-made lake and home to The Scott Memorial Lighthouse, which is one of Cardiff's iconic images.

Tremorfa, Action Petz

Rain in the UK, it’s inevitable. Well not to worry in Tremorfa, a short 12 minutes drive from Cardiff city centre, is Britain’s first indoor dog walking park, so come rain or shine your favourite furry friend can get it’s walks. Action Petz is the first centre of its kind so why not stop by.

Dyffryn Gardens

The National Trust have amazing sites across the UK and Ireland, and close by to Cardiff and great place to spend an after with your dog, borrowed or owned, is Dyffryn Gardens. They have different and fun activity The gardens are absolutely stunning and your doggy is welcome to explore them too, just make sure they are on a short lead.

St Fagans National Museum of History

Visit St Fagans National Museum of History, Europe’s leading open-air museum chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people. Dogs are welcome on the site on leads and your doggy is welcome to some drinking water on request from the cafe at Oakdale and the Castle. All dog owners are also offered pooper-scoopers when entering the Museum, so everyone can appreciate it.

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