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Right next to the impressive building of the domed city hall (1905) is Cathays Park. Well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Lovely place for a picnic far enough away from centre bustle but close enough to stop and grab some... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right next to the impressive building of the domed city hall (1905) is Cathays Park. Well maintained and the park contains some statues.

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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely place for a picnic far enough away from centre bustle but close enough to stop and grab some lovely food along way

Thank Lauren Jean H
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A really lovely park to walk around after lectures with friends and even to just sit and read in for a while.

Thank Amber G
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

The roses and some flower beds are glorious, also crocus and flowering trees. Bit tired round the sides and needs more benches (they keep vanishing). Also need to stop adding more memorial stones, getting a bit cluttered now council. Increasing problem with tents and litter from homeless people. The people have never caused any problems as far as I know, just makes me a bit sad. Are we becoming like America here?

Thank ExploreMindfully
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

I was a student at University College here, 50 years ago. I'm delighted that Cathays has changed so little in the half century! Its a place where civic (monumental) architecture (City Hall, the Law Courts, National Museum of Wales, University of Wales, the Welsh Office) surrounds neat and tidy gardens. The wind was bitterly cold and the gardens deserted, but pleasant for all that. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The photo seems to be of what I call Alexandra Gardens. I've lived in Cardiff all my life and I'm not sure whether this is Alexandra Gardens; Smallman's; or Cathays Park. The Park itself is the rectangular space with formal lawns and island flower beds, the Welsh National War Memorial and specimen trees, behind the Old City Hall, between Edward VII Avenue and Museum Avenue, (surrounded by the buildings of the Civic Centre). I think it was originally called Geometrical Gardens and University Gardens before being named Alexandra Gardens but I think it is informally called Smallman's. Perhaps someone can correct me.
Whatever it is a lovely space and right now the sight of one of the "Snowdog" sculptures, (individually decorated Snowdogs sited around Cardiff inspired by the much-loved, animated short film, The Snowman to raise funds for, local charity Tŷ Hafan (see photo).

Thank crofty217
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ParksTeam, Manager at Cathays Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Hello crofty217,

It is Alexandra Gardens which is part of Cathays Park.

Cardiff Parks Department

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Superb collection of extremely impressive 'civic'-style buildings set within parkland in, or
close to, city centre. Cardiff City Hall, the Law Courts, National Museum of Wales with its priceless art collections, University of Wales, the Welsh Office and, over road, the beautifully-restored Cardiff Castle are all set within fabulously-maintained parkland.
Well worth a visit to Cardiff for that alone!

Thank 456David
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

We thought we would go for a walk from our hotel to the museum, but we found numerous rough sleepers. They were in subways, shop doorways anywhere to get shelter.
A lot of them were begging, though not aggressively as they do in London.
Its a put off, but I guess a sign of the times.

Thank ColinC394
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Cathays Park is surrounded by some impressive architecture, The City Hall, The Central Law Courts, The National Museum, The Welsh Office and various Cardiff University Buildings, the centre of the park, is laid out as formal gardens, is home to the Welsh National War Memorial with a number of other memorials dotted around the Gardens these include the British Memorial to those who fell during the Falklands War, also the Cardiff Falklands memorial, the Cardiff memorial to the fighters in the Spanish Revolution. There are also memorials to various cultural events.

Thank James A
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

The Park is lovely if you attend within the warmer, brighter seasons. Ideal spot for a coffee and a stroll.

Thank RachelUK123
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