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Cardiff Central Market, Cardiff

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4.1/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Cardiff Market, also known as Cardiff Central Market, is a Victorian indoor market in the Castle Quarter of Cardiff city centre, capital city of Wales.BackgroundOriginally the site of Cardiff gaol, the gallows were located on the site of the current St. Mary Street entrance, where Dic Penderyn was hanged on 13 August 1831.The market was designed by the Borough Surveyor, William Harpur, and opened in May 1891. A farmers' market is known to have existed at the site since the 18th century.The market consists of two shopping levels, a ground floor and a balcony level which wraps around the market exterior walls on the interior. Entrances to the market are located at St. Mary Street, Trinity Street and from an alleyway off Church Street.A large H. Samuel clock has hung above the High Street entrance since 1910. The current clock dates from 1963 (by Smith of Derby) and was restored at a cost of £25,000 in 2011.Since 1975 the building has been listed and is currently Grade II*.StallholdersTraders in the market offer a variety of fresh produce, cooked food, various delicacies and more durable goods.A trader of note is Ashton's the fishmongers, who claim to have traded in the market since 1866 at the Trinity Street entrance selling a wide range of fresh seafood. In 2012 they hit the headlines when they sold meat from a 20 foot long 550 lb thresher shark.
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  • Visited Cardiff back in June and came across this great little indoor market. The highlight was spotting Bakestones. You can watch them making delicious Welsh Cakes in several varieties, as well as ot...  read more »
  • Stumbled across the market while passing by and must say found it fascinating, an eclectic mix of shops to go with all the food vendors. Great selection, crowded aisles, great atmosphere. 
  • We went to THE BAKESTONE on the ground floor and we bought some delicious Welsh cakes for a great places. Must go place! 
  • This is a nice and old style looking market where you can find interesting stuff and products. It's not very big but it has a kind of balcony. It's a quick visit but make sure you do it in the morning when is full.
  • An indoor market selling a wide variety of goods with an emphasises on food. The ground floor has fruit and veg stalls, fresh meat, and the odd electrical shop amongst others. Upstairs there is pets and pretty supplies, music and toys. There are a couple of small cafes as well as toilet facilities. It is a little dingy but it has plenty of character and is well worth a visit.
  • A large indoor market with a selection of fruit & veg, takeaway lunch items, homewares, fresh fish, flowers and plants etc. Highly recommend the stall at the far end that does freshly made Burritos for £1.80. Bargain and well made, equivalent to restaurant quality that costs triple the price.
  • Step back in time in this Victorian market which is a must-see if you are visiting Cardiff. The best (and busiest) fishmongers in Cardiff. Lots of different stalls and you could definitely find something to cook for dinner tonight. Could do with a few hipster shops to bring in more locals, or more promotion of the treasures you would find inside. The place to be if you're looking for something you can't find anywhere else.
  • Lovely little market right in the middle of town, fantastic place to get local delicacies.
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