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Series of events to celebrate Cardiff’s world-famous arcades

City of Arcades. Credit: FOR Cardiff

An annual celebration of Cardiff’s world-famous arcades is returning to the Welsh capital, with exclusive events, entertainment and discounts.

City of Arcades Day – which first launched in 2018 by the Business Improvement District, FOR Cardiff – is returning on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

The event promotes Cardiff as a unique retail and leisure destination, by raising awareness of the seven arcades in the heart of the city.

Cardiff is home to the highest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary shopping arcades in the UK.

These distinctive retail destinations offer shoppers a unique experience, at a time when people are looking for something a little different when they shop.

The arcades were also recently cited as one of the top destinations for shopping outside of London.

On the day, city centre visitors can expect guided walking tours, live music and arts performances and exclusive offers.

There will also be some unique events including a surprise City of Arcades game, which will be unveiled closer to the time.

Often referred to as the jewel in Cardiff’s crown, the arcades house more than 100 independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The FOR Cardiff-led event will celebrate the best of these and create a retail experience that will really impress shoppers.