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City of Cardiff, city of arcades
The upper level of Castle Arcade

The shopping arcades in Cardiff includes indoor shopping centres and arcades in Cardiff city centre, Wales. Cardiff is known as the "City of Arcades",[1] due to its Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary indoor shopping arcades.

Up until the 1790s there were only 25 retail shops in Cardiff. Most shopping at that time was made from market stalls.[2] The opening of the Royal Arcade in 1858, which was the first indoor arcade built in Cardiff, significantly increased the number of shops in Cardiff.


Current shopping arcades

Name Image Year
Entrances Notes
Central Market Central Market, Cardiff.jpg 1891 St. Mary Street
Trinity Street
Central Market was designed by the county engineer William Harpur. The market has stalls along the balcony on the first floor and on either side of four aisles on the ground floor. 349 stalls were in the original layout.[3] Central Market is a Grade II* Listed building.
Castle Arcade Castle Arcade Cardiff.jpg 1887 Castle Street
High Street
Castle Arcade is a Grade II* Listed building.
Dominions Arcade Dominions Arcade Cardiff.jpg 1921 Queen Street
Crockherberton Lane
Duke Street Arcade Duke Street Arcade Cardiff.jpg 1902 Duke Street
High Street Arcade
Duke Street Arcade is a Grade II Listed building.
High Street Arcade High Street Arcade Cardiff.jpg 1885 High Street
St John Street
High Street Arcade is a Grade II Listed building.
Morgan Arcade Morgan Arcade Cardiff.jpg 1896 St. Mary Street
The Hayes
Morgan Arcade is a Grade II Listed building.
Royal Arcade Royal Arcade.jpg 1858 St. Mary Street
The Hayes
The Royal Arcade is the oldest arcade in the city, being built in 1858. It is a Grade II Listed building. The Royal Arcade still has some of the original shopfronts at numbers 29, 30 and 32 St. Mary Street.
Wyndham Arcade Wyndham Arcade Cardiff.jpg 1887 St. Mary Street
Mill Lane
Wyndham Arcade is a Grade II Listed building.
St. David's Centre St David's Centre newly opened.jpg 1981 Queen Street,
Hill's Street
Working Street
Queens Arcade
St. David's Centre opened to the public in January 1981, although it did not officially open until 24 March 1982. It is joined internally with Queens Arcade. The extension to St. David's Centre (St. David's 2) opened to the public on 22 October 2009. The architects for the project were Benoy and the constructors were Bovis Lend Lease. The development includes the Grand Arcade and Hayes Arcade.[4]
Queens Arcade Queen's Arcade Queen Street entrance.jpg 1994 Queen Street,
Working Street
St. David's Centre
Queens Arcade opened on 28 April 1994, and was built on the former Allders department store and Queen Street Arcade site. The Arcade has two levels, and is unusual in that the levels are sloped, so that ground floor entrance on Queen Street becomes the upper floor at the Working Street entrance and the ground floor entrance at Working Street becomes the lower floor at the Queen Street entrance.
Capitol Centre Capitol Shopping Cardiff.jpg 1990 Queen Street The Capitol Centre, which was previously known as the Capitol Exchange Centre, opened in 1990. The Capitol Centre is built on the site of the former Capitol Cinema and Theatre.

Former shopping arcades

Name Image Year
Entrances Notes
Queen Street Arcade Queen Street Arcade, Cardiff (1987).jpg 1866[5] 1987 Queen Street
Working Street
Next to Allders. Both were demolished, then rebuilt as Queens Arcade (above). Included the Washing Institute [6]
Andrews Arcade The former Andrews Arcade, Cardiff.gif Queen Street
Oxford Arcade The former Oxford Arcade, Cardiff.jpg 1970s [7] 2006 The Hayes
St. Davids Link
Queens West Shopping Centre Replace this image.svg 1987[8] Circa 1994 Queen Street
The Friary
Featured a glass lift looking out over the Friary. This shopping centre still exists, and is shown on maps, but all shops are now entered directly from the street or via escalators, so the mall corridors are now inaccessible. The top floor, which used to be a foodhall, is now entirely occupied by one shop.[9]
Wharton Street Arcade (James Howells) Replace this image.svg 1924[10] Wharton Street
Dickens Arcade Replace this image.svg Castle Street Used to include a cafe and a bookshop in the 80s/90s called Paperback Exchange.[11]
Old Arcade Replace this image.svg 1835[12] Church Street Alongside the Old Arcade pub. The pub was named after this arcade.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Arcades were Victorian version of St David’s 2". Media Wales. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  2. ^ "A History 1700s". Cardiff Market. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Late 1800s". Cardiff Market. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  4. ^ "ST. DAVID'S 2 MATCHES CITY BLUEPRINT". Capital Shopping Centres. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Cardiff Timeline". Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Washing Insitute". Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  7. ^ "The arcase game". Building Design. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  8. ^ "WORLD HISTORY ENCYCLOPEDIA". Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  9. ^ "JJB sports".,26401/7/record.html?event_name=&display=1. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  10. ^ "Records of James Howell and Co Ltd, department store, Cardiff, Wales". Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  11. ^ Kemp, David (1992). "Chapter 5: Cardiff". The pleasures and treasures of Britain. Dundurn Group. p. 210. ISBN 1550021591.,M1. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  12. ^ "Cardiff Centenary Walk". Cardiff Council. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  13. ^ "Cardiff Timeline". Retrieved 2009-04-02. 

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