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Cathays Park, Cardiff

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Cathays Park or Cardiff Civic Centre is a civic centre area in the city centre of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, consisting of a number of early 20th century buildings and a central park area, Alexandra Gardens. It includes Edwardian buildings such as the Temple of Peace, City Hall, the National Museum and Gallery of Wales and several buildings belonging to the Cardiff University campus. It also includes Cardiff Crown Court, the administrative headquarters of the Welsh Government, and the more modern Cardiff Central Police Station. The Pevsner architectural guide to the historic county of Glamorgan judges Cathays Park to be "the finest civic centre in the British Isles". The area falls within the Cathays electoral ward.HistoryThe present day character of the area owes much to successive holders of the title the Marquess of Bute, and especially the 3rd Marquess of Bute, an extremely successful and wealthy businessman. They acquired much of the lands in Cathays through investment and by inheritance through a marriage to Charlotte Windsor in 1766. In 1898, the local council bought 59acre of land from the 3rd Marquess of Bute in order to erect a new town hall. As part of the sale, the 3rd Marquis of Bute placed strict conditions on how the land was to be developed. The area was to be used for civic, cultural and educational purposes, and the avenues were to be preserved.
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  • Well what can you say about a quiet haven within walking distance of the city centre where the only interruption is the chime of the City Hall clock.  more »
  • Lovely flowers when in season, a quiet place in the centre of the city surrounded by the civic centre buildings. Not much to see aside from the solemn war memorial but can provide a breath of fresh ai...  more »
  • Often come here at lunchtime. Peaceful and beautiful in spring. Lovely if you fancy a break from the city. Lots of seats too!  more »