• Cardiff Indoor Market

    One of the most popular markets in the Cardiff area

Cardiff Indoor Market

Over two levels you can discover the independent traders of Cardiff Market


Cardiff Indoor Market is a unique shopping experience. It is open daily between 8am-5pm. Under the glass roof, you will find the lively market filled with local independent traders, from Welsh artisan coffee to street food, vintage clothing to second-hand records, and even a psychic.

Cardiff Central Market, in the heart of the city centre, is one of the most popular markets in the Cardiff area. The Victorian building, which is Grade II listed, was opened in May 1891. A farmer’s market is known to have existed nearby since the 18th Century.

Cardiff Market has two shopping levels with a panoramic balcony wrapping around the interior walls. There are two entrances to the market, one on Trinity Street and the other on High Street. The High Street entrance has the iconic H.Samuel clock, which has hung above the door since 1910. The current clock dates from 1963.

Independent Traders at Cardiff Market

Traders in the market offer a wide variety of products. Ashton’s fishmongers claim to have traded in the market since 1866. The Market Deli has also been trading for over 100 years, they have had the same stall since 1928.

You can get a trim at Andy’s Hairhut, get personalised or bespoke decorations from Keepsakes, The Wood Pak, Celtic Corner or Sox in the City. There’s also jewellery, books, second-hand records and vintage clothing. Food is what the market is known for, with fresh fruit and vegetables from Sullivans. If you want to take away, there’s The Naked Vegan, The Bread Stall and Cardiff Bakestones. You can also sit and eat at the Gallery Café or our favourite Ffwrnes Pizza.

Christmas at Cardiff Indoor Market

When the Christmas Lights are switched on Cardiff Market keeps its doors open later than usual – until 9pm. Last year all of the regular stalls stayed open, and there was even a retro 80s disco taking place. 

Cardiff Market’s History

The indoor market was built on the site which initially was Cardiff gaol. The gallows were located on the St Mary Street entrance. The infamous Cardiff Gaol that housed hundreds of prisoners for more than 300 years.

The most famous and controversial execution was of Richard Lewis, known as Dic Penderyn, who was hanged here in 1831. He is seen as a martyr in Wales. He was a coal miner who lived in Merthyr Tydfil and was involved in the Merthyr Rising. He was arrested after the riot and accused of stabbing a soldier with a bayonet. The people doubted his guilt and a petition was signed for his release.

Originally Cardiff Indoor Market was the city’s leading venue for the buying and selling of livestock. However, you will no longer find livestock tethered and penned outside its doors.

Staying at Future Inn Cardiff

Cardiff Market is a 10-minute taxi ride into the City Centre from Future Inn Cardiff.  There are numerous car parks in the city centre with varying tariffs, if you wanted to drive.  Cardiff Bay train station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel and takes you to Cardiff Queen Street station, followed by an 11-minute walk to Cardiff Market.  Catching the number 6 bus from nearby Cardiff County Hall will be a 16-minute journey.  It would take approximately 35 minutes to walk from the hotel or 10 minutes by bike. 

Enjoy a Staycation with Future Inn Cardiff Bay

Our hotel in Cardiff Bay is the ideal base for enjoying all that Cardiff has to offer. See how we are welcoming you back safely. As a cycle-friendly hotel, we will also let you bring your bike, so you can enjoy the great outdoors on two wheels. Don't have your own bike? Nextbike operates throughout the city.

With our super flexible rates, you can book with confidence when staying at Future Inn Cardiff. Book direct for the best rates guaranteed on our website, or by contacting the Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk.

Pre or Post Shopping Dining

Thomas Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before exploring the town centre. Every day the team serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm or our set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 5pm-10pm. 

A large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks is also available including Welsh beer and spirits, wine by the glass or the bottle, plus all cocktails are £7 each. 

Reservations can be made on 02920 487111 or thomas@futureinns.co.uk, or online: 

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