Formerly part of the Castle grounds, Cathays Park was laid out as Cardiff’s Civic Centre in the early 20th century.
This Grade 1 listed park includes Alexandra Gardens, Gorsedd Gardens and Friary Gardens. These provide a stunning setting for the many impressive surrounding buildings, including City HallExternal link opens in a new window , the National Museum of WalesExternal link opens in a new window and Cardiff UniversityExternal link opens in a new window.
Alexandra Gardens: The Welsh National War Memorial at the centre of this formal garden forms the focus of Cardiff’s annual civic Act of Remembrance in November. Other memorials in the garden recall more recent conflicts.
Gorsedd Gardens: Standing stones (the Gorsedd) record the 1899 Eisteddfod which took place in Cathays Park. Statues of significant local figures, many by Cardiff sculptor Sir William Goscombe John, recognise their contribution to the development of Cardiff as a city.
Friary Gardens: This small, formal garden, laid out in traditional ‘parterre’ style, provides a welcome refuge from surrounding traffic.
Refreshment kiosk at Gorsedd Gardens
Alexandra Gardens and Gorsedd Gardens are open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Friary Gardens are open from 7:30 – 30 minutes before sunset.