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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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  • This indoor market right in the centre of Cardiff is ideal for shoppers to have some real bargains. There is a wide variety of goods to purchase from sweets to jewellery and everything in between, The...  more »
  • Lovely traditional market from fruit and veg, vintage records, pet supplies, fresh fish, Welsh cakes, and friendly cafes. Well worth a visit 
  • A quick visit to the market, plenty to see and do, the fish counter certainly had a wide variety, then there was a selection of home grown products well worth a visit 
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  • Historic Victorian market full of character and tasty treats. Traditional stalls like the greengrocers and bakers sit alongside Welsh souvenirs and a Beanie Baby specialist. Holding your nose when you walk past the fishmongers is a Cardiff tradition, and you've got to visit the mezzanine level to see the pet shop hamsters and rabbits.
  • It's just a shame it's not bigger. It does however give it a charm about it. High footfall which gives a proper market feel. The products and traders in there also contribute to the atmosphere and hidden gem tag. Good quality and reasonable value.
  • A lovely place where you can pick up ANYTHING! You can get anything here from fresh veg, pastries, meat and fish to art projects and vinyl records. Such a diverse range of goods you could spend an hour or so here just browsing. If you need a rest while browsing you could have a lovely cuppa and a sandwich at the indoor cafes. We are losing a lot of these market places in the UK so it is nice to be able to get everything you want under one roof but from independent sellers rather than from a large retail chain.
  • It's great to support the independent sellers and maintain the history of Cardiff indoor market. Great fishmongers, greengrocers, butchers, sweet shop, wool shop, bakers even a pet shop! Everything you need under 1 roof!
  • A lovely market here with a lot of Welsh pastries here for everyone to savour on. Make sure you get yours! It is relatively cheap to be honest so why not?