Recently in Cardiff for a business event I didn’t have a lot of spare time, but managed to have a quick look at the Castle from Bute gardens which was almost opposite my hotel. The wall intrigued me and it seems it has been a special focal point for many years.

The southern edge of Bute Park, running west from Cardiff Castle along Castle St, is a low wall topped with stone figures of lions, seals, bears and other creatures. The Bute Park Animal Wall was designed by castle architect William Burges but only completed in 1892 after his death; it was extended and more animals added in the 1920s. A newspaper cartoon strip in the ’30s brought the animals to life and many Cardiff kids grew up thinking the animals came alive at night.

Stone Lion on Guard

Stone Lion on Guard

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