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Centre Attractions features Cardiff Castle,
Museum and Stadium
Shopping Centres, Arcades and Markets
Food and Drink
features great little Cardiff cafés and takeaways
Castle Street, Cardiff
Tel (029) 2087 8100
Cardiff Castle is one of
Wales' leading tourist attractions. Situated in the very heart
of the capital, alongside city centre shopping and the magnificent
Bute Park, the Castle's enchanting fairytale towers conceal
an elaborate and splendid interior.
|| Cardiff Civic
The Civic Centre is built
on the former "Cathays Park", purchased from the Marquis of
Bute in 1898 for new civic buildings surrounding a central park,
that would lead to new City status in 1905. The area has three
main gardens, namely Alexandra Gardens (after Queen Alexandra)
with the National War Memorial at its centre,
and Friary Gardens. The main buildings are the University Registry
(1903), City Hall (1906), Law Courts (1906), University College
(1909, now Cardiff
University, Main College), Glamorgan County Hall (1912,
now Cardiff University Glamorgan building), Cardiff Technical
College (1916, now Cardiff University Bute building), National
Museum of Wales (1927), Temple
of Peace (1938) and the Welsh Office (1938, now the Welsh
|| National Museum and Gallery website
Cathays Park, Cardiff
Tel (029) 2039 7951
Containing a great range of art and science displays.
The museum houses many rare pieces from throughout Wales and
the Galleries provide a magnificent setting for some of the world's most famous artists, including the
Impressionists. Opening times: 10am-5pm, Tue -
Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays. Free Admission.
|| Bute Park council website
Bute Park is one of Cardiff's
biggest park, right in the centre of the city. It stretches
northwards along the River Taff from Cardiff Castle to Pontcanna
and Llandaff fields - with Llandaff Cathedral just over the
road. The area offers relative peace in the bustling city
and a great place for a summer picnic or game of football!
Westgate Street, Cardiff
Tel (029) 2082 2228
One of the most famous
sporting landmarks in Wales and home to the Welsh National
Football and Rugby teams. Also currently home to the FA Cup
and other league cups whilst Wembley Stadium is being built.
Tours of the stadium available daily.
|| City Sightseeing website
Street, Cardiff Tel (029) 2038 4291
Open top bus tours of the
city centre and bay. Operates weekends during April - October,
daily during the summer. Main bus stop outside Cardiff Castle.
|| Saint John the Baptist Church website
St John Street, Cardiff
The church of St John the
Baptist has stood in the centre of Cardiff for over 800 years,
a place of worship for many generations of Christians, and
a haven of peace and contemplation in the busy city.
Mary Ann St, Cardiff
Tel (029) 2066 7667 Bookings 0870 200 2000
Cardiff's biggest cinema
with 14 screens and two cool bars is a great place to
spend a couple of hours catching up with the latest blockbuster
movies. (Formerly UGC Cinemas)
Vue Cinemas Wood
Street Tel 0870 767 2676 film
In the Millennium Plaza complex.
(Formerly Ster Century)
Tourist Information Centre website
Working Street, Cardiff
Tel (029) 2087 3573
Open daily, information
on events and places in Cardiff and South Wales.
|| Riverside Market website
Weekly Farmers market
held Sundays until about 2pm. Great place to pick up some
real Welsh Food!
Queen Street is Cardiff's main
shopping area, taking over from the old centre of High Street.
Most of Queen Street, from the old castle moat to Dumfries
Place, use to be called "Crockherbtown", Crockherbtown Lane
can still be found off Park Place. Mass demolition has left
the street with little character, in 2003 further buildings
were demolished for a new shopping centre even though they
were part of "the conservation area". The area is now pedestrianised.
From Duke St, shops include: American Express, Laura Ashley,
Legends, Qube, Dorothy Perkins, Envy, Gap, Superdrug, JJB Sports,
Boots, Etam, Top Shop, Evans, Bhs, USC, HMV, Principles, River
Island, Zara, Clarks, All Sports, Marks & Spencer, Clinton Cards,
WH Smith, Next, Specsavers, Game, Thornton's, Phones 4U, Carphone
Warehouse, Schuh, Millets, Sainsbury's.
|| High Street and St Mary Street
These streets have retained
much more character from the past, though the former shops
and hotels have made way to offices and rows of bars.
Now mostly pedestrianised, cars take a definite second
place. Shops (from Duke St) include: High & Mighty, WRC,
Howells, Oddbins, Toni & Guy.
St John Street, Working
Street, Trinity Street, Victoria Place and The Hayes
Partly closed to traffic, partly
pedestrainised and with great features such as St John's church,
Cardiff Market, the old Free Library, Howells and the old David
Morgans building, the area has been newly paved as part of the
redevelopment of the area. For some reason, the council has
decided to "remove Victoria Place", which runs from Wharton
St/Trinity St junction to The Hayes (at Morgan Arcade) from
this area. Shops include: Saks, Freespirit, Shop Wales, Waterstones,
Carphone Warehouse, TK Max, Spillers Records.
Cardiff Tel (029) 2039 6041
Built in the 1980's
over the former streets of Paradise Place, Ebeneezer Street,
Cross Street and most of Frederick and Union Streets,
it was Cardiff's first big indoor haven for shoppers.
Shops include: Debenhams, Miss Selfridge, Pravins, Bodyshop,
Mothercare, Early Learning Centre, Adams, Burton, Vision
Express, Peacocks, Dolcis, Thorntons, Gadget Shop, Past
Times, Holland & Barrett.
|| Queen's Arcade website
Street, Cardiff Tel (029) 2022 3581
Built over the small
earlier Queens Arcade, this is a modern 'Mall'. Shops
include: Argos, Disney Store, Post Office, The Pier, Faith,
Partners Stationers, F Hinds, La Senza, Scholl.
|| Capitol Centre website
Cardiff Tel (029) 2022 3683
Shops include: Orange,
Swatch, Oasis, MK One, H&M, Accessorize, Vidal Sassoon,
Dune, Austin Reed, Quicksilver, Kookai.
Cardiff has a wealth of small
shopping arcades. Duke Street Arcade and High Street Arcade
(near the castle) feature cool clothing stores Wardrobe
and Buzz, over the road, Castle Arcade has more including
Drooghi, Barker, I Claudius and Chessmen. Morgan Arcade
and Royal Arcade (just off The Hayes) are well worth a
stroll along too, featuring more gems and some great little
|| Cardiff Central Market council website
St Mary Street, Cardiff
Tel (029) 2087 1214
Historic bustling covered
market of food and retail stalls, open Monday to Saturday.
Jacob's Antique Market
West Canal Wharf
Quaint ramshackle building
of antique and clothes stalls, hidden by the main railway line
and on the banks of the old Glamorganshire Canal - now a dual
carriageway. Surrounded by the oh-so-posh Callaghan Square,
how they must hate that this was the only building saved from
the bulldozing campaign. Open Fridays and Saturdays.
|| The Welsh Crafts Centre
A myriad of Welsh gifts aimed at the Tourist market.
Arcade, Cardiff Tel (029) 2038 7185
Great mix of food in
this small café, all freshly made, situated just opposite
|| New York Deli
Arcade, Cardiff Tel (029) 2038 8388
Huge sandwiches/subs, made fresh
Arcade, Cardiff Tel (029) 2039 5007
Cardiff's first veggie café, eat
in or take-away.
|| Hayes Island Snack Bar
Place, Cardiff Tel (029) 2039 4858
Coffee and snacks in the sun (or
Arcade, Cardiff Tel (029) 2048 5566
Cardiff's gem of a café, eat in
are open for food at lunchtimes, pubs
and bars are open throughout the day, see the Nightlife
section for more details.