Cardiff Central Market, Cardiff

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    The market hall offered food only for the part, a large part of the Hall is taken also by other offers, also souvenirs and haberdashery. Still a rustic place that fits in well with the simple charm of Cardiff
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  • August 13, 2017
    I loved the food stalls particularly the Mediterranean Food Stall. The olives, including a Persian-style walnut and pomegranate marinated variety were really delicious and there were other goodies inc...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    the market is amazing seen it change over the years but it use to be a prison many years ago if you look on the wall by st marys street there is a plaque telling you this and out side by st johns chur...  more »
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  • Lovely old fashioned market. With alot on offer. Fresh flowers. Meats. Fish. To a nice cup of tea and full breakfast upstairs. Loos are a miss. Was flooded and looked shocking when I was there. But friendly people. Lots of bits and pieces to buy. From wigs to clocks. Check it out, if your close by
  • A brilliant place to go and have a good mooch even if you don't intend on buying anything. there are small market shops selling all sorts of goods . For me there were a number of highlights. There was a herbs and spices stall that sell a whole myriad of unusual and exotic spices. I bought 50gms of sumac, you don't often see sumac. I only had limited time to look around otherwise I am sure I would have bought other spices. There was a fresh fish stall with a huge selection of really fresh looking fish. I would have been tempted if I wasn't booked into a B&B and several hundred miles from home. Finally there was Kelly's records which is upstairs in the balcony. They specialise in vinyl. I found it fascinating seeing some of the records that I had bought as a teenager as well as new discs. If you have an interest in music and in particular vinyl then this is the place to head for.
  • Good market. Always enjoy a nose around here. Something for anyone.
  • Interesting old and historic market. Cheap coffee and breakfast options. Within Cardiff city centre. One upper floor.
  • There's some really interesting little places here. A great fishmonger, a lovely little spice stall and the range of butchers are all worth a look.

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