City Centre, ‘Canol Dinas Caerdydd’
St David’s 2 is the largest shopping centre in Wales.
Cardiff was granted City status by Edward VII in 1905, situated to the west is the River Taff, the City Hall to the North and two railway stations, Central and Queen Street to the south and south east respectively. Within the city lies the central business district and in recent years, the city centre has seen huge amounts of redevelopment with the construction of Wale’s largest shopping centre ‘St David’s 2’. Other shopping areas in the city are St Mary’s Street and fully pedestrianised Queen Street. Cardiff is well known for its independent shops nestled in its many arcades.
People that want to live in the thick of it have a choice of apartment blocks, including those in the Castle Quarter, St Mary’s Street, The Hayes, Queen Street, Westgate Street and Churchill Way. Understandably, not all the city centre residential developments come with parking, but with everything on your doorstep and easy access to public transport, including rail and bus, you would find little need for a car in this area. Houses are almost absent from the city centre, and replaced with high rise flats and modern, stylish apartments. Most people that seek the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the city centre, are young professionals and students. While most students settle in Cathays, some people move to the city centre in their final years or if they are completing postgraduate studies. Similarly, as the city centre is the retail and commercial capital, it is found a lot of professionals rent in the area for ease of access. The average rent is significantly higher in the city centre, however people allow this expense as they save on travel costs and pay for the central location.