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Cathays Cemetery

Cathays Cemetery is the third largest Victorian Cemetery in the United Kingdom. It is a wonderful example of a Victorian Garden Cemetery and still retains much of the original splendour which made it into the 'principal walk for the people of Cardiff'. Cardiff's residents have great affinity with the cemetery as it is sited within one of the more residential areas of the City and provides a wonderful vista and open space for this area. Cathays Cemetery is a split site laid out to provide a tranquil setting for visitors with a wide variety of plants and trees throughout. Thousands of visitors come to the cemetery each year to look at the splendid memorials and walk through the site using one of the many trails that are available either as a self-guided walk or during one of the guided walks. Cathays has great historical importance and has the graves of many of the founding fathers of the City as well those of Cardiff's families from 1859. These can be wonderful sources of information for those undertaking genealogical research from Cardiff and elsewhere. 2009 marked the 150th Anniversary of the opening of this wonderful cemetery which is still as important and well used today as it was during the Victorian Era. Local schools are able to use the site as an educational resource and it still provides one of the principal walks for the people of Cardiff as well as a wonderful open space for all those who visit the area.

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Heritage Site
Managing Organisation
The City and County of Cardiff
Martin Birch