Cathays Cemetery Cardiff

I’ve been trying to get this post finished all week, but I’ve been having a tonne of problems with my computer – more specifically with my external hard drive where I store most of my photos. I had to find a spare cable for it because the computer stopped being able to detect it for more than a few seconds unless the cable was held in a specific position!

So, without further ado here is last week’s post (this week’s will be up soon too – tomorrow at the latest):

Cathays Cemetery Cardiff

Located on the north side of Cardiff, in an area that now mostly houses students due to it’s proximity to the University, is the 3rd largest Victorian cemetery in the UK (110 acres). Cathays cemetery opened in 1859 and originally had 3 chapels. Sadly the Catholic chapel was demolished due to its state of disrepair in 1980. The Anglican and Non-conformist chapels are located near to the main entrance separated by a central tower.

chapels at Cathays

The cemetery is beautiful but unfortunately our visits had to be kept short on both days because of the intensely cold weather that weekend (January in Wales…). I was trying to record all of the memorials to influential Cardiff residents who died prior to 1915 which are mentioned in the book Cardiff Cemetery: On its 150th Anniversary (available here and here), but only managed to get 80% of the fieldwork complete. I’ll have to return to Cardiff soon, hopefully in warmer weather!

cathays 2

Here are a few more images I took during my visit, there are some really spectacular monuments at Cathays!


Frank Baselow memorial

White memorial

White memorial

If you’d like to explore Cathays, I thoroughly recommend this heritage trail, which has a fantastic map and really detailed information. You can get the PDF here. Also keep an eye on the Friends of Cathays Cemetery website for events including guided walks.

Further Information

Friends of Cathays Cemetery, 2009, Cardiff Cemetery: On its 150th Anniversary, Cardiff.

Friends of Cathays Cemetery

Connect Cathays

Parks and Gardens of South Wales


  • What beautiful buildings and monuments!

    • It really is a stunning cemetery – can’t wait to go back and explore further!

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