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City of Arcades
Free Walking Tour 

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Cardiff is a city steeped in 19th century tradition and grandeur. The embodiment of that is found in the city's unique shopping arcades, which are as culturally architecturally and historically relevant today as they were when first built. 

Cardiff contains more shopping galleries than any other city in the whole of the United Kingdom, surviving today as a nod to the industrial success of the past. 

On this two hour tour we will explore the seven iconic shopping galleries of the city centre, and Cardiff Market, as well as some of the long lost arcades of the past. 

Join us as we explore the City of Arcades, in association with FOR Cardiff, featuring...


David Morgans
The 7 historic Arcades
The Barker Family
The Bear Shop
Cardiff Market
Wally's Delicatessen
Cardiff's long lost Arcades
The Bute Family
Welsh Food
Dunn & Co
Future developments
and much more.....


If you have any queries or questions regarding the tour, please check out the FAQs, or alternatively get in touch with Eugene via

All 'free' tours operate on a 'pay as you feel' basis after the tour. It is up to the attendee to determine what they think is an appropriate figure. Cash, card and other digital methods are readily accepted. 

Arcades Tour Starting Point 

The Cardiff City of Arcades Free Walking Tour takes place on selected dates year round. The nest addition of the tour will hopefully be over Easter weekend, but the time and date are still to be confirmed.

The Arcades tour took place regularly across summer & autumn 2023 and will return regularly throughout 2024, likely initially at Easter and then throughout the summer.

The Cardiff City of Arcades walking tour is brought to you in collaboration with...

Advanced booking is currently essential for the Cardiff Arcades tour. Please reserve your place in advance as some tours may become full. In the unlikely event of a tour being cancelled for any reason, you will be contacted in advance via email.

*This is a 'pay as you feel' tour*

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The City of Arcades Tour starts from the John Batchelor Statue on The Hayes.
Opposite the TK Maxx Store (CF10 1TD)

Look out for the green umbrella &/or green shirt

John Batchelor Statue, The Hayes, Cardiff

The City of Arcades tour takes place entirely within the confines of Cardiff city centre, therefore the tour is entirely flat and easily accessible to people, and animnals, of all ages and abilities.

Cardiff Blog

The Fog Blog features a range of blog posts about Cardiff, from fun facts to posts about history and the architecture of the city. 

Tour End Point

The City of Arcades tour ends on High Street in central Cardiff, between High St & Castle Arcades, opposite the entrance to Cardiff Castle.

For recommendations 

on restaurants, attractions, public transport and even gifts, check out the Cardiff guide. 

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