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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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  • August 15, 2017
    Superb collection of extremely impressive 'civic'-style buildings set within parkland in, or close to, city centre. Cardiff City Hall, the Law Courts, National Museum of Wales with its priceless art c...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We thought we would go for a walk from our hotel to the museum, but we found numerous rough sleepers. They were in subways, shop doorways anywhere to get shelter. A lot of them were begging, though no...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Cathays Park is surrounded by some impressive architecture, The City Hall, The Central Law Courts, The National Museum, The Welsh Office and various Cardiff University Buildings, the centre of the par...  more »

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