The High Street & Duke Street Arcades sit within the heart of Cardiff.
The City is now firmly recognised as one of the top ten retailing centres in the UK.
The St. Davids Shopping Complex lies just 100 yards away and it lies at the junction of Queen Street and St. Johns Street, Cardiff's principal shopping thoroughfares.
The High Street & Duke Street Arcades form an integral part of Cardiff's Casle Quarter,
which contains major tourist attractions such as the Indoor Market, Castle Arcade, Cardiff Castle
and the world famous Millennium Stadium
Discover the tempting delights and sites of the Castle Quarter for which these arcades form
the beating heart. Here you can uncover unique products, unusual concepts and inspiring people. Castle Quarter is Cardiff's hip shopping destination for those in the know, showcasing a range of independent businesses offering one off shops and an assortment of eateries...
You will certainly be hooked!
The Arcades have an intimate village appeal with eccentric personalities, brightly coloured shop fronts, interesting pedestrianised street-scapes and knowledgeable shop owners.
Explore... and uncover trend setting retail concepts and fascinating products that will appeal to the discerning, seeking that something a little different.
The High Street Arcade is one of a series of Arcades built over the latter decades of the 19th century
in Cardiff; at the end of the 19th century there were nine arcades in the City leading to the
‘City of Arcades’. This was as a consequence of the economic boom in the City based on the growing iron and steel industry of South Wales.
In 1800 Cardiff had a population of 1000, by 1881 the population had risen to 85,378.
The High Street Arcade was constructed in 1885 to the designs of T.Waring and J.P.Jones
and in 1902, the Duke Street extension was added.
The High Street Arcade number twenty three units provides an important east west covered link between the High Street itself and the bottom of Queen Street, the traditional prime shopping street. The Duke Street Arcade with nine units links in from Duke Street Arcade and the Castle.
- Peter Finch has published a trilogy called Real Cardiff.
Please visit the website www.peterfinch.co.uk
- Jenny Savage initiated The Arcades Project in 2008 exploring the Arcades' Victorian
and Edwardian past www.arcadesproject.org
- Nicola James a Cardiff based architect as part of her Diploma in Historical Building Conservation has provided detailed information on the main arcades in Cardiff.
- There is a guided tour service provided by Castle Quarter Tours www.castlequartertour.co.uk
which includes Castle Arcade.
- Amy Davies (Cardiff Arcades Project) leads an ongoing project looking at the unique and independent businesses operating in the arcades.