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“A gem of a park surrounding by outstanding buildings”
Review of Cathays Park

Cathays Park
Ranked #50 of 159 things to do in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A gem of a park surrounding by outstanding buildings”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Surrounded by the grand white university and council buildings, this park is quite grand despite being small. The sculptures within the park are also impressive, along with the flower beds in summer time.
A perfect place to relax in the city.

Visited September 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Many memorials and sculptures”
Reviewed 22 February 2013

Although the park is not overly large, the flowering trees, sculptures, memorials, and beautiful architecture lining its borders make it well worth a visit.

Visited March 2012
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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“A Green Oasis”
Reviewed 20 February 2013

Cathays Park is an integral part of Cardiff's Civic Centre. Consisting of three garden areas - Alexandra Gardens, Gorsedd Gardens and Friary Gardens - it consists of high quality formal parks forming green spaces between a number of impressive buildings. All of the spaces are within Conservation Areas and many of the surrounding buildings are listed.

The open spaces are very important to the image of the city. Important buildings including the City Hall, the National Museum of Wales and University overlook these well kept spaces.

Each of the three gardens has its own very different character and each retains its original layout. Given their location, large numbers of people visit and pass through and it is a popular venue for lunchtime breaks.

Visited February 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Time out!”
Reviewed 15 February 2013

Grab yourself a welcome break and take or walk through this park. With flower beds from spring till autumn it is well layed out and colourful. There are benches but sadly not enough. With several significant war memorials the park provides a time to reflect. Not often do you have an opportunity to consider what so many service personnel did by laying down their lives so we can have so much freedom today.

Visited February 2013
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Wales
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“Set in peaceful surroundings.”
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Cathays Park is set in peaceful surroundings yet only a 5 minute stroll from the main shopping centre at Queen St.
Apart from the usual array of shrubs and flower beds, the park houses the Centotaph. The park is tranquil located immediately behind the City Hal, which was the former headquarters of Cardiff Council, although many services remain there.
The park is surrounded by The National Museum, Cardiff Law Courts and Cardiff University, to name but a few. Well worth a visit even if only to rest.

Visited October 2012
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