Picture of Royal Arcade, Cardiff
Royal Arcade, Cardiff

Shopping in Wales

In Wales you’ll never be short of choice when it comes to shopping. We’ve a range of high street names, independent shops, specialist shops and markets to explore.

High street shopping

You’ll find a large number of high street shops in our towns and cities throughout Wales.

Cardiff is regularly voted one of the top UK shopping destinations. Our capital city has all the big high street stores in modern shopping malls in heart of the city centre.





St David's Centre, Cardiff
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Independent shops and arcades full of shops

It’s not all about the big brands. The Victorian and Edwardian Arcades in Cardiff offer a range of independent shops. These historic structures house vintage clothes stores, craft shops, cafes and restaurants. In the arcades you can buy cheese from a shop that sells over 150 varieties or purchase a record or CD from Spillers Records (Est.1894), the oldest record shop in the world.





Castle Arcade, Cardiff

You’ll find independent shops right across Wales. Places such as Cowbridge, a small town about 12 miles from Cardiff, have many independent shops. Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire is another place to head for independently owned boutiques and galleries.

Abergavenny has a number of independent shops too.


Christmas shopping

Cardiff Christmas Market

You’ll find a plenty of goods in many of our shops that will make excellent presents. 

From mid November until near Christmas there are a number of wooden chalets offering a range of goods in Cardiff and Swansea. You’ll also find a range of Christmas markets throughout Wales.






Buying fish at Swansea Market

We’ve plenty of markets to choose from, selling local produce and hand made goods. Swansea Market is the largest indoor market in Wales selling a range of fresh food and a variety of goods. Abergavenny in south east Wales has separate markets throughout the month for crafts, antiques , and local farming produce.

See our markets page for more suggestions of markets and farm shops.

Hay on Wye ‘town of books’

Hay on Wye is home to the world’s most famous literary and arts festival. If you’re in search of a rare, collectible or a bargain book then Hay on Wye is the place to shop. The river-side town with the Black Mountains to the south and the Brecon Beacons to the west has almost 40 second hand bookshops and the largest collection of antique books in Europe.





Bookshop Hay on Wye

Out of town retail outlets

As well as town and city centre shopping, we’ve a number of out of town retail outlets where you can buy a range of goods including fashion items. These include McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in Bridgend, Festival Park in Ebbw Vale, Morfa Retail Park, Swansea and Parc Trostre, Llanelli.





McArthur Glen Designer Outlet

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