A Guide to Shopping in Wales

With both cities and market towns, Wales is home to a fantastic variety of department stores, shopping centres, Victorian arcades and markets. If you’re in need of a shopping spree, Wales could be just the place for you! Read our guide to shopping in Wales below.

City Centre Shopping

Cardiff Arcades

Cardiff is often referred to as the ‘city of arcades’ as it’s home to seven unique Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades which are nestled amongst the city’s high-street. Each arcade contains a wealth of independent stores including both retailers and eateries. Castle Arcade is one of the largest arcades with 36 stores spread across two floors. 

Swansea Indoor Market 

There are lots of small market towns on the outskirts of Wales, but you’ll also find a variety of markets around the city centres too. The Swansea Indoor Market is the biggest and one of the oldest markets in Wales. Over 100 stalls can be found in Swansea Indoor Market selling local produce such as vegetables and cheeses, arts and crafts and handmade clothing.


Newport is the third largest country in Wales and is a well-renowned shopping destination. Its shopping is mainly centered around Friars Walk, a multi-million-pound shopping centre. The Victorian indoor market can also be found within the city centre, this has over 60 stalls including butchers and fishmongers.

Market Towns 


Hay-on-Wye is a small market town located on the border between England and Wales. The town is best known as the ‘Town of Books’ because there are book-stores everywhere – in the castle, the cinema and even in the fire station! The Hay Market Day takes place every Thursday at Memorial Square, the Butter Market, Cheese Market and around the Clock Tower. There’s also the Hay Antique Market, open 7 days a week selling clocks, china, furniture, glass, jewellery, and much more.


Beautifully positioned beside where the River Wye meets the River Monnow, Monmouth is another small market town with a population of only 11000 inhabitants. Although small, it’s a busy market town and is thriving as a tourist destination too. A variety of markets take place in Monmouth, including Monmouth Bridge Market and Monmouth Shire Hall Market. 


Chepstow is one of the most popular market towns in the whole of Wales. It’s quite literally a market town as Chepstow means ‘marketplace’ in Old English. The Chepstow Town Market is held on the second Sunday and the last Sunday of every month, where there’s delicious street food, locally produced honey, bread, meat, eggs and cakes. There’s also a wealth of independent boutiques set within the Georgian and Victorian buildings in the town centre. 

Shopping Centres

Cwmbran Shopping Centre

With 170 shops, Cwmbran Shopping Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in Wales. You’ll find most of your high street stores here and plenty of cafés and restaurants too. The shopping centre is around 30 minutes from Cardiff and there are regular services to here from Cwmbran Railway station in the town centre. Or, if you have your own vehicle, there’s 3000 free parking spaces. 

Quadrant Shopping Centre, Swansea 

Quadrant Shopping Centre is the main shopping centre within the city of Swansea which also houses all the primary high street stores. As a fully indoor shopping centre, Quadrant is the ideal place to shop on a dreary day or escape the crowds of Swansea Market which is nearby. 

Bridgend Designer Outlet 

Everyone loves a discount, don’t they? Bridgend Designer Outlet in south Wales is the perfect place to head to if you are looking for high-end brands at low-end prices. Designer stores such as Hugo Boss, Clavin Klein, Levis and Lacoste can all be found here with up to 60% savings. Bridgend is also around 30 minutes from Cardiff and can be reached via train or bus. 

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We arrange a variety of tours covering all areas of Wales. Our ‘Market Towns of Wales’ tour takes visitors to the most charming market towns and villages, from the southern Wye Valley to the North Wales coastline. To discuss more about this tour, please contact us here. Or, you can view our other Wales holiday packages here.

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