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Castle Quarter Arcade

Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
+44 7769 311896
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Cardiff's independent cafe haven

In addition to the interesting architecture there are several independent cafes in here that are... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
PebbleL
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reminded Us Of The Melbourne Arcades

Of all the arcades running off St Mary Street, the Castle Quarter Group is undoubtably the most... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
bsandrs
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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The Castle Quarter Arcades are a historical part of Cardiff's architectural and retail heritage, spanning 131 years of public service since doors first opened in 1885. The Castle Quarter is comprised of 3 outstanding Victorian and Edwardian arcades, all located within a short distance of Cardiff Castle - Castle Arcade, High Street Arcade and Duke Street Arcade. Originally home to many specialist shops of the era - drapers, apothecaries, tailors, jewellers and fortune tellers - the Castle Quarter has grown and adapted to the needs of a modern shopping environment without losing any of it old world charm. Castle Arcade, built in two sections during 1882 and 1889, is known for its striking central junction. From here the view of the iconic Cardiff Castle is framed perfectly through the Dutch renaissance-inspired archway. This North/South section was designed by local architect EWM Corbett, and the East/West wing, slightly different in character, was designed by S Rooney. The Castle Arcade also houses its iconic balcony, splitting the retail floors over two levels, and incorporating public walkways which you are welcome to wander and explore. There are two staircases leading to the balcony, one on each wing, with wonderful opportunities to photograph the mirrorred walls at each end.
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Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

In addition to the interesting architecture there are several independent cafes in here that are well worth a visit if you're seeking something a bit different to the chains on St Mary's street. I recommend Cafe Minuet, Coffee Barker, Madame Fromage and the recently opened...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Of all the arcades running off St Mary Street, the Castle Quarter Group is undoubtably the most impressive. On two levels with fascinating architecture and a wide selection of both retail and food outlets. It greatly reminded us of the excellent arcades in central Melbourne...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

The best of Cardiff! Architecture buffs will love this, absolutely beautiful old world design in excellent condition with some cute unique shops and cafes to enjoy in modern times. A true gem!

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

As you walk into this two storey covered walkway below a larger building, you are amazed by the architecture. There are numerous small retail outlets as well as some food outlets offering eat in or takeout food. A second floor walkway runs along the whole...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

It rained most of the week I was in cardiff.Its nice to have these to walk around in.I enjoyed the architecture of this arcade.

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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

What an amazing place Cardiff is so much to see and do , loved finding this little arcade . Lots of nice little shops and coffee stops .

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

a lovely arcade in Cardiff there isn't much apart from offices and a instrument maker upstairs so that area is a bit wasted and isn't worth a visit, but otherwise downstairs has some nice cafes and a some good shops to visit. the architecture is...More

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Annalisa J, Public Relations Manager at Castle Quarter Arcade, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hi Thanks for taking the time to review our arcade, we're pleased you found welcome shelter among our cafes and studios. #mycastlequarter

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

I just loved the arcades in this town. You get the feel of street shopping with out getting rained on. There was a nice little cafe. Just a really neat place to see if anything.

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Annalisa J, Public Relations Manager at Castle Quarter Arcade, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thanks for taking the time to submit your recent review. We are pleased you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We had finished visiting Cardiff Castle and the better half wanted to go souvenir hunting. This arcade is just across the road from The Castle. Castle Arcade is one of several small arcades in Cardiff City Centre and contains the usual mix of retail outlets...More

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Annalisa J, Public Relations Manager at Castle Quarter Arcade, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi Thanks for taking the time to review Castle Arcade, we're pleased you enjoyed your visit. Come again soon! #mycastlequarter @CCastleQTR

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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

One of Cardiff's more ornate Victorian arcades, a hand cut through from St Mary Street to Castle Street but it won't be a short cut if you are drawn to appreciate the beautiful architecture or interesting independent shops. In this other world you will find...More

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Annalisa J, Public Relations Manager at Castle Quarter Arcade, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi Thanks for taking the time to review Castle Arcade, we're pleased you enjoyed your visit. We love Madame Fromage too! Come again soon... #mycastlequarter @CCastleQTR

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Sharonself
26 September 2016|
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Response from Annalisa J | Property representative |
Hi You are very welcome to bring your dogs to the arcade, and there is a motorhome camping zone very close to us in Sophia Gardens. We look forward to your visit. Diolch #mycastlequarter @CCastleQTR
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k4thy
29 February 2016|
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Response from Annalisa J | Property representative |
Hi Kathy so sorry for the delay, sadly there are no lifts to the upper floors in the communal areas, but some units do have lifts internally. The building is listed. Kind regards
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