Walking Tour Around Cathays Park (Self Guided), Cardiff

Cathays Park, also known as Cardiff Civic Centre, is the core of the Welsh Capital city. Central park area of Alexandra Gardens park is surrounded by late 19th century's stunning construction including Cardiff City Hall, Temple of Peace, Cardiff University and National Museum of Wales. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beloved landmarks.
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Walking Tour Around Cathays Park Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour Around Cathays Park
Guide Location: Wales » Cardiff (See other walking tours in Cardiff)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: Nick
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • National Museum Cardiff
  • City Hall
  • Cardiff Crown Court
  • The Glamorgan Building
  • Bute Building
  • Cardiff University
  • Temple of Peace
  • Redwood Building
  • Aberdare Hall
National Museum Cardiff

1) National Museum Cardiff (must see)

National Museum Cardiff is a museum and art gallery in Cardiff, Wales. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (formerly the National Museums and Galleries of Wales). Entry is free thanks to a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government. The National Museum of Wales was founded in 1907, when it inherited the collection of the Cardiff Museum, which shared the building of Cardiff Central Library. Construction of a new building in the civic complex of Cathays Park began in 1912, but owing to the First World War, it did not open to the public until 1927. The architects were Arnold Dunbar Smith and Cecil Brewer, although the building as it now stands is a heavily truncated version of their design. The museum has collections of archaeology, botany, fine and applied art, geology and zoology.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
City Hall

2) City Hall (must see)

City Hall is a civic building in Cathays Park, Cardiff. Built of Portland stone, it became the fifth building to serve as Cardiff's centre of local government when it opened in October 1906. The competition to design a town hall and adjacent law courts for Cardiff was won in 1897 by the firm of Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards. Construction was carried out by local builders, E. Turner and Sons. Cardiff received its city charter while construction was underway, in 1905. The building is an important early example of the Edwardian Baroque style.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cardiff Crown Court

3) Cardiff Crown Court

Cardiff’s Crown Court building was built in 1904 in Portland stone, in French Renaissance architectural style. For many years, the country’s major criminal cases had been heard here. The beautiful architectural features of the rear of the building such as coats of arms carvings and statues, complement the modest façade. Don’t miss a truly magnificent building of Wales Circuit of Crown Court.
The Glamorgan Building

4) The Glamorgan Building

The Glamorgan Building is an Edwardian former county hall located in Cardiff in the prestigious civic centre in Cathays Park, on King Edward VII Avenue. Formerly the county hall of Glamorgan, the building was acquired by Cardiff University in 1997 and is now home to the School of Social Sciences and the School of City and Regional Planning. It is one of the most architecturally-distinguished buildings in the University's care. It was designed by Vincent Harris OBE and Thomas Anderson Moodie, who won the design competition for the building in 1909. The project was completed in 1911 and the building was opened in 1912. Outside the building, serving as reminders of the county's source of wealth, are two groups of statues by Albert H. Hodge, one representing navigation and the other coal mining.

The building housed Glamorgan County Council until 1974 and Mid Glamorgan County Council from 1974 to 1996, and houses the former Council Chamber and Committee Rooms. It was also home to the Glamorgan Record Office from 1939 until the end of 2009, when it relocated to a new, purpose-built office in Leckwith next to the Cardiff City football stadium, becoming Glamorgan Archives.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bute Building

5) Bute Building

Bute Building is occupied by Cardiff University and is a grade II listed building in Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales. It currently houses the Welsh School of Architecture and the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. The neoclassical building was designed by Sir Percy Thomas and Ivor Jones, who won a competition to design a building for Cardiff Technical College in 1911. The foundations of the building were laid in 1913 and the building opened in 1916. The building has six Roman Doric columns in the front of the building and includes the Birt Acres Lecture Theatre.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cardiff University

6) Cardiff University

Cardiff University is a research university located in the Cathays Park area of Cardiff. It received its Royal charter in 1883 and is a member of the Russell Group of Universities. The university is consistently recognised as providing high quality research-based university education in Wales. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, almost 60 per cent of all research at Cardiff University was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent – 4 and 3 the top two categories of assessment.

Ranked number 122 of the world's top universities, Cardiff University celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2008. Before August 2004, the university was officially known as University of Wales, Cardiff, although it used the name Cardiff University publicly.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Temple of Peace

7) Temple of Peace

The Welsh National Temple of Peace and Health, also known as the Temple of Peace, is a non-religious civic building in the civic centre of Cardiff, Wales. It was designed by the architect Sir Percy Thomas. The Temple of Peace was opened on 23 November, 1938. It was a gift from Lord Davies to the Welsh people. He wanted it to be “a memorial to those gallant men from all nations who gave their lives in the war that was to end war” and so it was dedicated to the memory of the loss of life as a result of the 1914 - 1918 War. The building, built in the form of the letter ‘T’, has two wings. Made out of Portland stone, the roofs of the wings are dark red, Italian pattern tiles. You can hardly miss the large pillars facing you as you enter. Behind these columns of portico are three large windows, above which are panels depicting figures representing health, justice and peace. The arms of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales can also be seen.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Redwood Building

8) Redwood Building

The Redwood Building is part of Cardiff University, and is situated in the Cathays Park area of Cardiff, Wales. Opened in 1960, it was named after Theophilus Redwood, a founding father of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Above the entrance, a large relief sculpture shows an elderly toga-clad person, surrounded by books and a globe, reaching out protectively over a youthful scientist and a nurse. The building was part of the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST), which merged into the University of Wales College Cardiff.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Aberdare Hall

9) Aberdare Hall

Aberdare Hall is one of the halls of residence serving students at Cardiff University. The Hall was established by the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in 1883, for female students. Its foundation was at a time when opportunities for women in higher education were few. The Hall owed most to the efforts of Lady Aberdare (1827-1897) and John Viriamu Jones, principal of the University College, 1883-1901 who, with his wife, took a keen interest in its establishment and management. Lady Aberdare was a proponent of higher education for women, and took an active part in ecclesiastical, social and educational matters. She served as a member of the University College Council and Court of Governors.

The first Hall was located in Keswick House, Richmond Road, Cardiff, and opened in 1885, with nine students. The Hall benefited from the service of its principals, notably Ethel Hurlbatt from 1892-1898, and her sister, Kate. Ethel went on to become Principal of Bedford College in the University of London. The present Hall opened in 1895, designed by W. D. Caroe in brick and terra-cotta and paid for by public subscription. It was the second university residence solely for women in Britain. Later on the hall was extended and Library Wing and Garden Wing were created to accommodate more students. It is still a female-only hall.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Cardiff, Wales

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cardiff is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

The long and rich history of Wales is reflected by the presence of beautiful religious buildings. Cathedrals and churches had always dominated the architectural landscape of Britain. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beautiful places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Cardiff Family Fun

Cardiff Family Fun

Cardiff is a vibrant city and a popular tourist destination with lots of interesting places for children and their parents see and visit. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the best family fun attractions Cardiff can offer such as fascinating Techniquest science museum and workshop, Hollywood Bowl games entertainment, Wharf water-front picnic pub and many more.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Cardiff Shopping Tour

Cardiff Shopping Tour

The coal-mining capital of Britain, Cardiff offers an exciting shopping opportunity in many state-of-the-art shopping centres like St.David's or Capitol. Along with modern shopping arcades, the busy Cardiff streets are packed with lovely, small specialty shops and galleries. Take this walking tour to discover some of Cardiff's best shopping spots.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles
Architectural Jewels

Architectural Jewels

Old and new architecture beautifully combine together to create that unique and vibrant landscape of Cardiff. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the city's most prominent landmark buildings such as the University building, City Hall, Millennium Stadium and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Cardiff Introduction Walking Tour

Cardiff Introduction Walking Tour

The capital of Wales Cardiff is an exciting tourist destination, rich in historic sights and places to visit. The city center and Cardiff Bay area are particularly popular with visitors for the number of cultural locations contained - museums, theaters, art centers and more. Take this self-guided tour and have a great time exploring key attractions of Cardiff.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles