Suburb of Cardiff

Adamsdown Landmark Magic Roundabout


Adamsdown has numerous positive attributes. Proximity to the City Centre, good communications to Cardiff Bay and M4 motorway, walking distance to local shops on Clifton Street and Broadway Road and city centre. Choice of primary and secondary schools. Close to the Universities, Student Union. Great pubs and restaurants. These are some of the factors which have attracted many young professionals and students to this area.

Adamsdown is one of the older residential areas of Cardiff. A lot of money was spent on the newer social housing projects which resulted in large estates in other areas of Cardiff such as Ely, St. Mellons etc. Adamsdown has had extensive facelifts in recent years. Regeneration grants were awarded by Cardiff Council in the 1990's for the installation of double glazing and loft insulation. Currently European Community money is being used to re-build houses and creation of flats. This is making Adamsdown more popular.

Adamsdown still maintains a strong sense of community with many community facilities and organisations that provide activities and support.

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History of Adamsdown
The records show that the suburb of Adamsdown was owned by Lord Glamorgan during the mediaeval era. This area was given its name by the former gatekeeper Adam Kyngot.

Records also show that during the 18th century much of Adamsdown was owned by an agent to the Marquis of Bute. The Bute family invested heavily for the betterment of the community.

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Local Landmarks
The building of the present day prison was started in 1854 has has gone through a number of face-lits and extensions. The number of cells needing to be built was in keeping with the growth of the general population of Cardiff and unfortunately alongside the increasing numbers of criminals.

Magistrates Court Mural Adamsdown

Cardiff City Council have recently erected the Crown Courts opposite the prison. This site is reputed to have an underground tunnel connecting the courts with the prison.

The Marquis of Bute, benefactor to the area donated two acres of land in 1848 for burials of the people of Cardiff. This cemetery became over-crowded because of the tragic outbreak of cholera in 1849. A hundred years later in 1948 the burial remains of the cholera victims were removed. The donated land from the Bute family was turned into a park. Many of the more interesting tombstones have been preserved and now forms part of the stonewall boundary.

The area hospital, South Wales And Monmouthshire Infirmary, was built in 1883 at an initial cost of £23,000. The wards names reflected the many wealthy philanthropic businessmen who gave regular donations.

The hospital was renamed the Cardiff Royal Infirmary in 1923 and continued to give care and treatment the local residents of Cardiff and South East Wales until its sad closure in 1999. Much of the hospital is used today in the care of the elderly. Campaigners are still active today in the hope of re-opening the local hospital.

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Food and Drink

  • Splottlands Pub. Built in 1883 with a resident ghost. Real Ale pub located on the corner of Glossop Street and Planet Street. Friendly workingmens pub.

  • The Vulcan originally built in 1853 and is one of the oldest pubs in Cardiff. Favorite for the locals.

  • Locomotive Pub.

  • Clifton Pub. Built in 1886. A popular pub for the young students and professionals in the area. Late night opening on Fridays and Saturdays. The Deaf Club meets here every Wednesday evening.

  • Toucan. New attraction for the area. Offering a chance to enjoy good beer, listen to local bands and even poetry readings. Science Cafe regularly meets here on last Tuesday of every month. A pleasant way to meet young enquiring minds.

  • Thai Thai Restaurant, Four Elms Street. Excellent friendly 5 star service. Good quality food. A restaurant for impressing your boss, girlfriend and parents and any special occasion. Their Thai beef salad was simply more-ish!

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Cardiff Youth Club

Sports and Leisure Activities
Adamsdown can boast that she has excellent sporting amenities in Ocean Way, Ocean Park Industrial Estate. Amenities for children and adults alike, a building dedicated to the sporting excellence:

  • Cardiff Youth Club. Home of the Welsh Gymnastic team. The building is staffed by friendly and dedicated people. The staff, many of whom were County Gymnasts, are fully qualified trainers helping to provide a safe and enjoyable place to learn. There are regular children classes for all ages and abilities. The upstairs portion of the building is equipped with Judo mats for the persuit of Martial Arts Judo, Karate and Aikido to name a few.

  • Cardiff Youth Club Weights Room. Fully equipped weights room. There is an annual membership and entrance fee. Free weight machines and benches. Aerobic and Cardiovascular machines. This gym is for the serious body builder.

  • Welsh Tennis Centre. Home of the Welsh Tennis team. The centre welcomes and provides coaching to all age groups. The site office is located in the Esporta Leisure centre. The Welsh Tennis Centre works in partnership with Esporta encouraging young Welsh talent.

  • Esporta Leisure Club. Facility is split in 2 levels. Ground floor having the main entrance, changing rooms, swimming pools and sauna. There are also indoor tennis courts and outdoor clay courts. There is a good and varied selection of aerobic equipment in the upstairs air-conditioned gym. Glass walls on external walls gives an airy light atmosphere whilst doing a work-out.

  • Rubicon Dance Studios on Nora Street CF24 1ND. Classes for all ages, abilities. Belly dancing, tap, ballet, Spanish, Baroque dances.

Rubicon Dance Centre

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Schooling and Education

  • Adamsdown Primary School, System Street
  • Tredegarville C.I.W. Primary School, Glossop
  • St. Peter's R.C. Primary School, Southey Street
  • Kings Monkton Independent Primary & Secondary School, 6 West Grove
  • Willows High School, Willows Ave
  • St. Teilo C.I.W. High School, Llanedeyrn Road
  • Llanedeyrn High School, Roundwood Gardens
  • Howell's School, Cardiff Road

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