St. Mary Street/High Street
St. Mary Street (Heol Eglwys Fair) and High Street (Heol Fawr) are major commercial streets in the Castle Quarter of Cardiff city centre, Wales, which form a major north–south thoroughfare in the centre. High Street begins at the junction of Castle Street on the A4161 and ends at the junction of Church Street and Quay Street, from where St. Mary Street begins until the roundabout at Callaghan Square on the A4160.
Today the stretch of road is the home of a number of bars, night clubs and restaurants as well as branches of many major banks. Also fronting onto the street is Howells department store, which stretches from just after Cardiff Market to the corner of Wharton Street.
As of August 2007 the street was closed to private vehicles and only buses and taxis are allowed access to the whole street. The street is usually closed to all traffic on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the efflux from night clubs and pubs located in that part of the street to clear. The Prince Of Wales (a J D Wetherspoon establishment) is a particular problem, both due to its high capacity, and its main frontage onto Wood Street (which stays open). At the northern end of the street is Castle Street, site of Cardiff Castle. To the south is Cardiff Central station.
Notable buildings past and present
- House of Fraser, formerly Howells department store
- Cardiff Market
- Hodge House
- The Prince of Wales (Wetherspoons)
- High Street Arcade
- Morgan Arcade
- Royal Arcade
No longer existing
- Town Hall)
- Cardiff Gaol, site of Cardiff Market
- David Morgan department store
- The first Cardiff Free Library, above the St. Mary Street entrance to the Royal Arcade
- YMCA building
- "The Town Hall, St. Mary Street, Cardiff, late 19th century". Culturenet Cymru. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- Media related to St Mary Street, Cardiff at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website of 'Changing landscapes: Improving St Mary Street and High Street'
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