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Exploring the City of Arcades

Cardiff, affectionately known as the City of Arcades, is the eleventh largest city in the UK and the capital of beautiful Wales. Home to seven stunning Victorian and Edwardian arcades, Cardiff is a perfect choice for a weekend away if you’re interested in history, architecture, or retail.

There’s something special about visiting a historic arcade. Independent retailers come and go throughout the decades, leaving behind a legacy of local trading that visitors can’t help but enjoy.
Discover the most beautiful shopping arcades in Cardiff during your trip. Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply enjoying a browse, you’re sure to leave feeling satisfied.

Castle Arcade

Opposite Cardiff High Street, Castle Arcade is one of three which make up Castle Quarter. With two floors of independent shopping and pretty balconies connecting the upper level, Castle Arcade is one of the most attractive in the city.
As well as enticing independent retail, visitors can browse produce and enjoy refreshments from coffee shops and historic tea houses.

High Street Arcade

High Street Arcade, also in the Castle Quarter, was completed in 1885 and was once home to several apothecaries and fortune-tellers. Today, the arcade caters perfectly to guests with a selection of sweet tea houses and eateries, as well as brilliant vintage clothes spots.

Duke Street Arcade

The third and final arcade set in Cardiff’s Castle Quarter, Duke Street Arcade is a striking example of the gothic style which was so common at the time of its erection. Many original details have been preserved, including a unique painted floor. Explore art dealerships and creative community projects upstairs.

Dominions Arcade

Dominions Arcade is the newest and smallest in the city, though it boasts impressive architecture with luxurious touches scattered around. Visit the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse or Hotel Indigo for fine dining or pass through and snap a picture inside the pretty arcade.

Morgan Arcade

This 1856 arcade is set along Mary Street and is home to many luxury boutiques and independent shops. There are plenty of eateries and a cosy coffee shop too, so visitors can take a break and recharge in the historic atmosphere. 
Spillers Records, established in 1894, is the oldest record shop in the world and can also be found in Morgan Arcade.

Royal Arcade

The Royal Arcade is the oldest in Cardiff, established in 1858. Also the first shopping centre in the city, the Royal Arcade is nestled in the popular shopping destination The Hayes and is as important today as it was 150 years ago.
Head to the Royal Arcade for independent coffee shops, cafés, delis, and clothes and jewellery retailers.

Wyndham Arcade

Wyndham Arcade is a bustling vein of activity, home to some of the city’s best eateries as well as independent shops and beauticians. Visit Ask Italian for a bowl of delicious pasta or stop at Waterloo Tea and pick up a unique souvenir.

The best hotels in Cardiff

Elevate your time in the Welsh capital when you book an Accor ALL hotel in Cardiff. We have a wonderful choice of hotels near St David’s Hall and other central attractions. For a low-cost stay, choose the ibis budget Cardiff Centre or ibis Cardiff
Our Mercure Cardiff Holland House and Novotel Cardiff Centre are perfect for family or business stays, each with an indoor heated pool and other facilities to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay every time.
Ready to book your getaway? Download the Accor ALL app on Google Play or the App Store and browse, compare, and book the best hotels from the convenience of your smartphone.

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