Roath Park and Lake is set in the heart of Cardiff. There are miles of wheelchair accessible pathways to explore around the lake and botanical gardens.
Roath Park is one of Cardiff’s most popular parks and has a distinctly Victorian feel about it. The park encompasses a lake on one side and a botanic gardens and glass house on the other.
There is a diverse range of things to see and do. There is a child’s play area, a lake to walk around, which includes boating for the able bodied, also a Victorian glasshouse to visit.
As you traverse the lake you will see a wide range of water birds. The habitat of the park is set so to create a suitable habit for the birds.
The swans are known to get in the way of pedestrian or wheelchair user alike! So perhaps a little care is needed around them. At the right time of year you can see nesting Coot’s and said Swans, also Geese and Cormorants to name a few.
The path around the lake is fairly easy going in a wheelchair, but the camber is at time a bit of challenge if you are using a manual wheelchair.
The inclines are not too great. You are able to go around the entire lake, giving you chance to see all it has to offer. The Botanical gardens part of the park is more of challenge, with some steep inclines. I would say this is only suitable for a powered solution or someone fit to push a manual wheelchair. However it is worth a visit, to see the stream running though, to sit in the shade of the trees or view the Rose gardens in season.
The park has a cafe, a takeaway coffee and ice cream shop and a ice cream van. It also has toilet facilities. The parking is on the road, be it Lake Road east or west. There are no dedicated disabled bays I could see on my visit.
Features of Roath Park Lake
- Grade 1 listed historic park: Listed on the Cadw Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales.
- Roath Park Lake: The 30 acre man-made lake is a popular facility for fishing and boating. The Scott Memorial Lighthouse on the lake is one of Cardiff’s iconic images.
- Wild Garden: North of the lake, its winding paths and wildflowers are shaded by trees
- Llandennis Oval: North of the Wild garden, this is a site steeped in history. Its ancient pond is said to be the site of St Isan’s 12th century ‘Llan’ or enclosure.
- Botanic Garden: South of the dam, the ‘botanics’ contains a superb tree and shrub collection, floral displays, adventure playground and Roath Park Conservatory.
- Roath Pleasure Gardens: Lying south of Eastern Avenue, the Pleasure Gardens provides bowls, tennis and basketball facilities in a parkland setting.
- Roath Recreation Ground: South east of the Pleasure Gardens, the home of Welsh baseball also provides football and rugby pitches, a children’s playground and trim trail.
Roath Park Lake Available Facilities
- Roath Park Conservatory (Botanic Garden) open for self guided tours and school visits
- Public toilets and baby changing – Next to the playground in the Botanic gardens
- Boat station toilets – Open when the boat station is open.
- Children’s playgrounds (Botanic Garden and Recreation Ground)
- Roath Park cafeteria (Botanic Garden)
- Trim Trail: in Roath Recreation Ground
- Tennis courts: in Roath Pleasure Gardens, open all year round – no charges.
- Bowling Green and pavilion: in Roath Pleasure Gardens
- Ice cream kiosk (Botanic Garden)
- Boat hire from the boatstage at Roath Park Lake
- Sports fields and changing rooms Available for booking.
- Bowling and tennis at Roath Pleasure Gardens
- Wildlife Explorer Trail: for children
Visiting Roath Park Lakes
The park and pleasure gardens are open from 7.30am – 30 minutes before sunset.
The recreation ground is open 24 hours a day.
Parking: On-street parking is available in the surrounding area.