Roath Park in Cardiff, Wales opened in 1894 and is one of the most important late Victorian public parks in Wales. Roath Park Lake is home to the Scott Memorial Lighthouse.
The park consists of a series of landscaped spaces which extend along the Roath Brook and Nant Fawr Stream. At the southern end of the park, you’ll find sports pitches and a children’s playground. This is the home of Welsh baseball.
Visitors enjoy Roath Pleasure Garden featuring manicured lawns and flower beds. During the early part of the 20th century, bowling and tennis facilities were installed. The landscape is lovely with many attractive trees like oaks, plane, birch, copper beech, dawn redwood and a large tulip tree.
South of the lake you’ll find the Roath Botanic Garden. There are a beautiful rose garden and a heated Conservatory with temperate and sub-tropical plants.
On the northern end of the Botanic Garden is a dam that provides a promenade from which you can view Roath Park Lake. The Scott Memorial Lighthouse commemorates the ill-fated expedition of Captain Scott to the South Pole in 1910. The lake is great for boating and fishing and the residents here are wildfowl.
To the north of the lake, you’ll find the Wild Garden with a natural woodland environment with plenty of birdlife. Walking the paths here you’ll come to a grassy open space with a small pond. It is said that this is a healing well which was once the site of the monastic community of St. Isan, one of the early Welsh saints. His Greek name, St. Dionysius has given this place the name “Llandennis Oval”.
In the park, you’ll find a cafeteria, an ice cream kiosk, two children’s playgrounds and a boat stage from where you can rent rowing boats and other watercraft.