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Cardiff city centre is a large and sprawling area that spreads out from Butetown in the south to Cathays Park in the north, and from Canton and Grangetown in the west to Adamsdown in the east. However the principal shoppings streets in Cardiff are Queen Street, which provides connections to the major shopping arcades of the St. David's Centre, Queen's Arcade and the smaller Capitol Centre, and St. Mary's Street, which is also known for its nightlife. There are also numerous arcades and alleys that house some more smaller, specialist shops. The city centre is going through a number of redevelopment projects that include the huge St. David's 2 project which will extend the shopping district southwards creating 100 new stores and a flagship John Lewis. Cardiff is expected to enter the top 5 of places to shop in the UK, upon completion of the St. David's 2 development, behind only the West End of London and Glasgow.

Queen Street and vicinity
Queen Street (Welsh: Heol y Frenhines), after which a local railway station is named (the station is actually on Station Street), is the main pedestrianised shopping street in the city. Originally called Crockherbtown, the street was renamed in honour of Queen Victoria in 1886. The junctions at either end of the street look somewhat distorted, since until 1974 vehicular traffic was permitted along its length. It meets Newport Road at its eastern end, Duke Street at its western, and Park Place approximately half-way along. Further down Park Place is the New Theatre, Cathays Park and a number of buildings owned by Cardiff University (most notably, several entire terraces). A local landmark is Principality House, head office of the Principality Building Society. To the north, running parallel, is Greyfriars Road (the name refers to the site of an old monastery), a traditional office location that has recently seen conversion to bars, apartments and hotels as offices move to the new business parks on the edge of the city, or to the better connected southern end of the city centre.

St. Mary Street and the vicinity
St. Mary Street (Heol y Santes Fair) and High Street (Stryd Fawr). The former street is named after the 11th century church of St. Mary, the largest in Cardiff until it was destroyed by the Bristol Channel floods of 1607. Today the stretch of road is the home of a number of bars, night clubs and restaurants, including the Cardiff Hard Rock Cafe, as well as branches of many major banks. Also fronting onto the street is Howells Department store, which stretches from just after the market building to the corner Heol-y-Cawl Street. The street is usually closed south of the junction with Wood Street at weekends, to allow the efflux from night clubs and pubs located in that part of the street to clear. It is seen as a challenge to have a pint and a shot in every pub/bar on the right side of Saint Mary Street. The Prince Of Wales (a J D Wetherspoon establishment) is a particular problem, both due to its high capacity, and its main frontage onto Wood Street (which stays open). At the northern end of the street is Castle Street, site of Cardiff Castle. To the south is Cardiff Central station.

Caroline Street is a major link between two of the busiest streets (St Mary Street and the Hayes). The street has been a host to all kinds of stores but, more recently, has been taken over by chip and kebab shops, and as such is commonly known as Chip Row, Chip Alley, or Chippy Lane. This resulted in the street's busiest hours being between 11pm and 2am: popular among the post-pub and club crowd, often leaving the street looking like a sea of polystyrene containers. Around 2003, the north side of the street was redeveloped after the demolition of the old Brains Brewery: in its place were luxury flats encircling the Old Brewery Quarter, where new shops and eateries were erected. The pavement on the street was re-tiled as part of this development - the south side of the street remains largely "unspoiled" by improvements.

The Hayes
Called Yr Aes in Welsh, this is where the local department store Howells (part of the House of Fraser group) can be found. The Hayes also used to house another department store , David Morgan which is currently being developed into luxury flats. The record shop Spillers Records claims to be the oldest in the world, dating back to 1894, although it has only occupied its present premises on The Hayes since the 1940s. There is also the old library (now a pub and wine bar), and a statue of the anti-slavery campaigner John Batchelor. The Welsh Baptist chapel Tabernacl was first built in 1821 and remodelled to its current form by the architect John Hartland in 1865. The shopping portfolio of the Hayes is currently being upgraded to include new stores, including a flagship Borders Books and luxury apartments. The Hayes is currently under renovation for the St. David's 2 project, aimed at developing the area for businesses and the city's new Central Library.

A well-known national landmark is St David's Hall - a large concert hall and exhibition centre, which frequently houses major acts; most famously, it is also home to the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

This area is also famous for its elegant Victorian arcades which join some of the main streets. These include Castle Arcade, Queens Arcade, Duke Street Arcade and Morgan Arcade.

Scenes of BBC's Doctor Who and Torchwood have recently been filmed here.

Newport Road
This major road leading East from the city centre towards the neighbouring city of Newport has been one of the prime office locations of central Cardiff since the 1960s. Some of the original buildings have recently been converted from office use to residential (e.g. The Aspect, Admiral House) or hotel use including the MacDonald Holland House. Occupancy of the remaining commercial property has increased, reflecting a shortage of office space in the city and there is now little scope for further conversion. To the North of the road lies Tredegarville, originally an upper middle class residential district, but now a focus for accountancy and law firms and private medical and dentistry practises, although some substantial residences remain.

Custom House Street/Bute Terrace/Adam Street
These two roads have traditionally formed the southern and south-eastern boundaries of the central business district of Cardiff, and in recent years have seen a great deal of new development with much due in the next few years. Recent developments such as the 23 story Altolusso apartment complex, and the Big Sleep Hotel are set to be joined by (from east to west), a new 11 story office building (on the site of the old Central Hotel - destroyed by fire in the early 2000s); the Meridian Gate development (consisting of 11-story apartment block and a 20-story Radisson SAS Hotel); a new John Lewis department store as part of the St. David's 2 shopping expansion; Harlech Court (consisting of apartments and a rooftop restaurant); the University of Glamorgan's new Creative Industries campus; and 3 further residential towers (of up to 13 stories) with lower floor retail and commercial use.

Callaghan Square
A relatively new addition to the city centre, this development (started in 1999) extends the central business district south of the mainline railway. Eventually the main development will include approximately 500,000 square feet of office space, of which approximately 175,000 square feet is complete (housing Eversheds, Allied Irish Bank and ING Direct) and a further 190,000 square feet is under construction on a speculative basis. The initial masterplan suggest that the final phase, yet to be commenced, will also include hotel and residential use; this may be useful in increasing pedestrian footflow on the square itself which is currently underused and rather windswept. Nearby offices on Tresillian Way (housing The AA, and Lloyds TSB Black Horse finance amongst others) plus further potential developments have turned the area relatively quickly into one of the largest office locations in central Cardiff; within a few years total office space in the area will exceed 1 million square feet.

Wood Street
Wood Street is home to Cardiff Central Bus and Railway Stations and has bus stands running along the length of the street as well. It is also a gateway to the Millennium Stadium. Although there aren't many shops here, there is the large Vue cinema, next to the stadium and the tall Southgate House which houses the Cardiff offices for the Armed Forces.

 Cinemas:
 Cineworld
       Mary Ann Street
       Cardiff
       CF10 2EN
       http://www.cineworld.co.uk/

 Vue
       Millennium Plaza
       Wood Street
       Cardiff
       CF10 1LA
       http://www.myvue.com/

 Trains:
 Cardiff is on the Maesteg Line
 Cardiff is on the Merthyr Line
 Cardiff is on the Rhondda Line
 Cardiff is on the Rhymney Line
 Cardiff is on the South Wales Main Line
 Cardiff is on the Vale of Glamorgan Line

 Museum: National Museum Cardiff

 Theatre: New Theatre

 Pubs/Bars:
 33 Windsor Place
33 Windsor Place
City Centre
CF10 3BZ
029 2038 3762

 The Amber Lounge
2-3 Working St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1GN
029 2034 1616

 Bar Essential
33 Windsor Place
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3BZ
029 2038 3762

 Bar Icon llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
60 Charles St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 2GG
029 2066 6505

 Borough Arms llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
8 St Mary St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1AT
029 2022 1343

 Callaghans
Castle Street
City Centre
CF10 1XD
029 2034 7247

 Cardiff Cottage llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
25 St Mary Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1AA
029 2033 7195

 Central Bar llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
39 Windsor Place
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3BW
02920 780260

 The City Arms llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
10 Quay Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1EA
029 2022 5258

 Coopers
Kingsway
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3FD
029 2025 5533

 Copa llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
4 Wharton Street
City Centre
CF10 1AG
029 2022 2114

 Crawshay Arms
Crawshay Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 5DS
029 2040 2060

 Crockerton Arms llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
Greyfriars Road
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3AD

 Dempsey's llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
Castle Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1BS
029 2025 2024

 Edwards
Royal Hotel
St Marys Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1LL

 The Gatekeeper llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
9 Westgate Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1DD
029 2064 6020

 The Glass Works
4 Wharton St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1AG
029 2022 2114

 The Goat Major llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
33 High Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1PU
029 2033 7161

 The Golden Cross llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
283 Hayes Ridge Rd
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1GH
029 2034 3129

 The Great Western llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
64 St Mary Street
City Centre
CF10 1FA
029 2035 3990

 Ha Ha Bar and Canteen
The Friary Centre
The Friars Cathays
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3FA
029 2039 7997

 Henry's Cafe Bar llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
8-16 Park Chambers
Park Place
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3DN
029 2022 4672

 K2
94 St Mary St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1DX
029 2022 5878

 The Kings Cross llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
25 Caroline St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1FF
029 2064 9891

 Kitty Flynns llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
51 St Mary St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1AD
029 2064 4952

 Kiwis
21-23 Wyndham Arcade
City Centre
CF10 1SH
029 2022 9876

 The Model Inn llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
Quay St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1EA
029 2022 7972

 Moloko
7 Mill Lane
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1FL
029 2022 5592

 O'Neills llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
Royal Hotel
St Marys Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1LL

 ONeills
20-21 Trinity Street
City Centre
CF10 1BH
029 2023 6981

 The Old Arcade llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
14 Church Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1BG

 Owain Glyndwr llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
St John Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1G

 The Oz Bar
112 St Mary St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1DX

 The Pen and Wig
1 Park Grove
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3BJ
029 2064 9091

 Philharmonic
77 St Marys Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1FA

 Prince Of Wales
St Mary Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1FA
029 2064449

 The Queens Vaults
29 Westgate Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1DA

 Rummer Tavern llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
14 Duke Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1AY
029 2064 9871

 The Sandringham Hotel
21 St Mary Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1PL
029 2023 2161

 Slug and Lettuce llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
The Friary
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3FA
029 2022 5063

 The Taf
Cardiff University
Park Place
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3QN

 Traders Tavern llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
David St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 2EH
029 2023 8795

 Varsity llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
Greyfriars Road
City Centre
CF10 3AD
029 2023 2562

 Walkabout llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
65-74 St Mary Street
City Centre
CF10 1FA
029 2072 7930

 Wellingtons llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
42 The Hayes
City Centre
CF10 1AJ
029 2033 7190

 The Yard
42-43 St Mary Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1AD
029 2022 7577

 Yates's llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
8 Westgate St
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 1DA
029 2034 0957

 B&B's/Guesthouses/Hotels:
 The Angel Hotel
 Castle Street
       Cardiff
       CF10 1SZ
 029 2064 9200
 www.paramount-hotels.co.uk

 The Big Sleep Hotel
 Bute Terrace
       Cardiff
       CF10 2FE
 029 2063 6363
 www.thebigsleephotel.com

 Cardiff Marriott
 Mill Lane
       Cardiff
       CF10 1EZ
 029 2039 9944
 029 2039 5578

 Future Inn Cardiff Bay
 Hemingway Road
       Cardiff
       CF10 4JY
 029 2048 7111
 029 2043 2796
 www.futureinns.co.uk

 Hilton Hotel
 Kingsway
       Cardiff
       CF10 3HH
 029 2064 6444
 029 2064 6350
 [email protected]
 www.hilton.co.uk/cardiff

 Ibis Hotel Cardiff
 Churchill Way
       Cardiff
       CF10 2HA
 029 2064 9250
 029 2064 9260
 [email protected]
 www.ibishotel.com

 Mercure The Lodge
 Wharf Road East
       Tyndall Street
       Cardiff
       CF10 4BB
 029 2089 4000
 029 2049 3695
 [email protected]
 www.mercure.com

 Taxis:
 Black Cabs
       Unit 5
       Brooks & Williams Building
       Curran Embankment
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF10 5DX
       029 2034 3343

 Castle Private Hire Ltd
       Queens & Royal Garage
       27 Westgate St
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF10 1DD
       029 2034 4344

 Millennium Lodge
 108 St. Mary Street
       Cardiff
       CF10 1DX
 029 2037 3510

 Park Inn Cardiff
 Mary Ann Street
       Cardiff
       CF10 2JH
 [email protected]
 www.cardiff-city.parkinn.co.uk

 Park Plaza Cardiff
 Greyfriars Road
       Cardiff
       CF10 3AL
 029 2011 1101
 029 2011 1102
 [email protected]
 www.parkplaza.com

 The Royal Hotel
 10 St. Mary Street
       Cardiff
       CF10 1DW
 029 2055 0750
 029 2055 0760
 [email protected]
 www.theroyalhotelcardiff.com

 Thistle Cardiff
 Park Place
       Cardiff
       CF10 3UD
 029 2039 9309
 [email protected]
 www.thistlehotels.com

 Travelodge Hotel
 St Mary Street
       Imperial Gate
       Cardiff
       CF10 1FA
 0870 0850950
 www.travelodge.co.uk

 Victoria Hall
 Blackweir Terrace
       Cardiff
       CF10 3EY
 029 2035 9500

 Supertax
       9a Marlon House
       Cental Square
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF10 1AP
       029 2045 6789

 Taxi Cab & Minibus
       Unit 5
       Curran Embankment
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF10 5DX
       029 2066 5544


 

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