City Hall, Cardiff

City Hall, Cardiff

City Hall is located in Cathays Park civic center. Opened in October, 1906, it was meant to replace the fourth town hall on Saint Mary Street. The hall was designed in the Edwardian Baroque style by the firm of Lancaster, Stewart and Richards.

The clock tower is 194 feet high. It has four clock faces. Each gilded dial is 12 feet in diameter. The clockworks toll an hour bell and four quarter-hour bells. Fountains made to mark the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969 are in front of the entrance portico.

Memorials on the southern side are dedicated to victims of Work War II and to Polish military personnel who died in the Battle for Britain.

Inside the Town Hall on the first floor is the Marble Hall. Here are statues in marble of famous figures from Welsh history. The figures represented range from Boudica and Saint David to Henry VII and Bishop Morgan. The statue of Sir Thomas Picton, hero of Waterloo, was removed in 2020 on account of his connection to slavery.

The Assembly Room is used for conferences events and state dinners. It is decorated in gold leaf with mermaids and three bronze chandeliers.

The Council Chamber is below the main dome of the building. A bronze chandelier hangs from the dome. The dome is supported by four enormous marble pillars with bronze Ionic capitals. The chamber is paneled in oak. There is stained glass window with a personification of the city.

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City Hall on Map

Sight Name: City Hall
Sight Location: Cardiff, Wales (See walking tours in Cardiff)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Cardiff, Wales

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

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Cardiff Introduction Walking Tour

Cardiff Introduction Walking Tour

"Cardiff" came from the Welsh word "Caer-Taff" which means "Fort on the river Taff." Cardiff cannot be separated from the Cardiff Castle nor the castle from the city. People had been living in the neighborhood of Cardiff on the banks of the Taff when the Romans arrived and built a fort in 55 AD.

The fortification was strategically located. It was possible to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Shopping Arcades Tour

Shopping Arcades Tour

A city of castles and culture, Cardiff has plenty to entertain those who travel with the shopping bags in tow. The Welsh capital has long been reputed as the "City of Arcades", due to the highest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary indoor shopping arcades in the UK. Back in the day, these fascinating, covered pedestrian thoroughfares were designed to enable locals and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles