Key to the City™, Cardiff.
Free Landmark Historic Properties: City Centre (Greyfriars)

Tick 8.9

City Hall and Civic Centre

Cathays Park, Cardiff. CF10 3ND • (029) 2087 1736
Cardiff City Hall
Cardiff City Hall

The Civic Centre is built on the former 'Cathays Park', purchased from the Marquis of Bute in 1898 for new civic buildings surrounding a central park that would lead to new City status in 1905. A pleasant walk when the weather is fine.

The area has three main gardens, namely Alexandra Gardens (after Queen Alexandra) with the National War Memorial at its centre, Gorsedd Gardens and Friary Gardens. The main buildings are the University Registry (1903), City Hall (1906), Law Courts (1906), University College (1909, now Cardiff University Main College), Glamorgan County Hall (1912, now Cardiff University Glamorgan building), Cardiff Technical College (1916, now Cardiff University Bute building), National Museum of Wales (1927), Temple of Peace (1938) and the Welsh Office (1938, now the Welsh Assembly Government).

City Hall is dominated by the 194 foot high clock tower, and the dome is surmounted by a Welsh dragon, sculpted by HC Fehr. The Clock Tower of City Hall is perhaps the most distinctive architectural feature of the building, bold and asymmetrical and a well-loved Cardiff landmark.

The clock frame, which contains the mechanism, is 5’10” in length and made of one solid piece of cast iron, ensuring perfect rigidity. The escapement is a three-legged ‘gravity’ design, and made of gun-metal. The time is shown on four twelve foot wide gilded dials, one on each face of the tower.


Free Entry.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

City Hall is a working building and is used for some council departments as well as for functions. Visitors are welcome to visit the main reception area only during the day.


Advance booking is not required.


Located to the north of the city centre between Park Place and North Road.

Getting There:

National Rail Cathays railway station: Five minutes walk.
National Rail Cardiff Central railway station: 15 minutes walk.


Limited onsite parking available - payment required.

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City Hall and Civic Centre, Cathays Park, Cardiff. CF10 3ND • (029) 2087 1736

Last Updated Friday 7 June 2019

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