Here at A Space In The City we feel very passionate about the city of Cardiff and we think it's only fair that we share with you what we love about Cardiff.

From Parks to Tours to Markets our Cardiff A-Z series will take you through many different attractions and features that will help you get to know the city like a local.

Letters H-J explores Cardiff's beautiful historic architecture and some hidden independent venues...

H is for Half Marathon

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The Cardiff Half Marathon has occurred each October for the past 13 years. Established in 2003 the event, organised by children’s charity Barnardo’s, has since grown to be one of the largest road races in the United Kingdom and Wales’ largest multi-charity fundraising event.

The route takes runners past the capital’s most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic buildings. The predominately flat and fast course makes it ideal for beginners and elites.

The course also played host to the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in March 2016, where Britain’s Mo Farah won a bronze medal and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won back-to-back World Half Marathon titles.

Whether taking part or spectating this is an incredible sporting event that showcases sporting talent whilst raising money for great causes.

I is for Independent

[Rob Matthews Photography]

While Cardiff is acknowledged to be one of the UK’s fastest growing cities it is the wealth of independent businesses that shape Cardiff to be the unique city we love.

It’s no secret that Cardiff knows its food, but you may need to search a little harder to find some of the best independent venues. Special events like Street Food Circus (Bute Park, August-September) and Depot’s Street Food Social (Open Saturdays) offer a variety of (yes you guessed it) street food. Depot even offers a DJ and ping pong tables to really make the most of your evening.

As far as music is concerned there are plenty of venues that offer various types of live music. A hub for Welsh language music, Clwb Ifor Bach has been open for over forty years and offers incredible indie nights. If intimate gigs are more your thing, then Gwdihw is your place. Along with the quirky range of live music, the boho café bar offers a wide selection of teas and coffees during the day and an extensive range of spirits in the evening.

Cardiff is lucky enough to have numerous independent shops spread out across the city, a number of which reside in the arcades. For example, the family run business, The Brogue Trader, is a must for any gentleman with an eye for footwear, the brightly coloured Hobo’s is the go-to for anyone looking for vintage clothing and Home by Kirsty is perfect for any lover of design or interiors.

J is for St John the Baptist Church

Cardiff’s oldest church in the city centre is located next to the cities covered market, and is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century.

St John’s welcomes about a thousand city visitors a week and hosts many different celebrations for city institutions, charities, and individuals.

Welcoming visitors from all walks of life a visit to St John’s is a great opportunity to appreciate Cardiff’s history and distinctive architecture.


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