Capital of Wales
Cardiff was given city status 100 years ago and was established as the Welsh Capital in 1965. It is now a multi-cultural city with citizens from all over the world. The city caters for all ages and communities with excellent shopping and retail facilities. The city centre has pedestrianised streets and precincts dedicated to the serious shopper. Our city centre is also famous for her Victorian In-door market and shopping arcades, Castle and Millennium Stadium. The residents are proud of their Welsh heritage and boast to be the home for the Welsh National Opera and Welsh Assembly Building.
Internationally recognised for cultural excellence hosting the annual Cardiff Singer of the World competition. There are numerous prestigious events, pop and classical concerts in St.David's Hall, Millenium Stadium, The Ice-Rink and Cardiff International Arena (CIA).
Cardiff is also a very vibrant and young city with 42% of the population under 30 years old compared with the national average of 37%. A progressive city with aims to be one of the major cities in the United Kingdom. With this in mind a sports village is planned for the near future. The village will include a swimming pool, an indoor athletic stadium, an Ice-rink for the Bay area.
Great emphasis is placed on training and education. We have a good selection of universities, further and higher education colleges. Coleg Glan Hafran offers placements for 10,000 students providing a choice of secondary and vocational courses. Our universities were ranked 15 out of more than 100 Best Universities: University of Wales, Cardiff, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. The South East Wales Training and Enterprise Council also has provides training for over 15,000 people.
There is a wide range of housing including family homes situated in leafy Victorian and Edwardian suburbs, in the city centre as well the water front apartments in the bay. This combined with excellent educational, health care and leisure amenities, makes Cardiff a popular and affordable place to live.
Popular suburbs of Cardiff are:
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- Adamsdown This area is one of the older suburb of Cardiff. Adamsdown is however becoming a popular with young professionals, families and first time buyers because it is close to the City Centre and Cardiff Bay and has easy access to M4 motorway. There are rows of terraced houses built in the 1800s many with large gardens. The streets are named after metals and precious stones. Suburban shopping and leisure amenities.
- Bay Area is very popular area for young professional to live. Apartment style living with water-side views. Minutes away from exciting restaurants, cultural centres and vibrant night-life.
- Canton is very popular with young working professional. Within walking distance of the city centre. Suburban shopping area. Lots of local pubs and restaurants.
- Cathays is extremely popular with students and young professionals due to the close proximity to the universities and City Centre. This is a densely populated area with many rows of terraced houses, built in the 1800s. Many of these houses have small yards or gardens. Some of the houses have been converted to flats. Local shops, restaraunts and take-aways along Crwys Road and Albany Road all help keep the students fed, watered and happy.
- Heath A much sort after location. The University Hospital Wales dominates the landscape providing health care, training and employment. Heath Park is extremely popular because of the easy access and ample parking. There is a variety of activities for the whole family; pitch-and-put golf, local football and rugby playing fileds; large woodland area; children playgrounds and Cardiff Model Railways.
- Llandaff. Ancient and picturesque area of Cardiff. Llandaff Catherdal and Seminary form the centre. Llandaff has a quaint shopping centre with Cafes, bars and restaurants, coupled with the regular grocery shops and Post Office. A desirable and up-market residential area of Cardiff. The River Taff, Llandaff Rowing Club and the Taff Trail provide a variety of activities for the whole family. There are also very good schools in the area.
- Llanedeyrn & Pentwyn Relatively new suburb of Cardiff. The areas are spacious and green. There are lots of trees, woods and grassed areas between the clusters of houses. The roads around the estate are speed governed with sleeping policemen and speed cameras. These 1960s developed housing estates have more trees, woodland and social amenities when compared with current housing estates such as St.Mellons and Pengam.
- Roath One of the most desireable district of Cardiff containing Roath Park playing fields, Roath Park Lake and gardens. This is a densely populated area with a mixture of terraced and semi-detached houses. The terraced houses built in the 1800s adjacent to Cathays. The semi-detached houses built in the 1900s surrounding the lake, garden and the string of playing fields of making up Roath Park. Suburban shopping on City Road and Albany Road. A wide of cuisines are served in the restaraunts. Lively pubs popular with both students and locals.
- Rumney & Llanrumney These are fairly new suburbs of Cardiff although there has been a community dating back to Norman times. Rumney and Llanrumney have a nice mix of a detached and semi-detached houses with large garden which are popular with professioinal families and retirees. There are also terraced houses and flats built by Cardiff Council in the 1950s onwards for social housing. Many of the flats and houses have been bought by and well maintained by the new owners. The flats and the terraced houses are quite spacious with good sized gardens and are popular with first time buyers and private residential tenants.
- Splott & Tremorfa espically popular with young professionals and families who cannot afford the higher prices in Cathays and Roath. Splott has many terraced houses built in the 1800s for the Steelworks and Cardiff Docklands. Tremorfa is somewhat younger and contains a mixture of terraced and semi-detached houses with gardens. A lot of the housing in Tremorfa was built as social housing. Now many of the residents are owner occupers. There are numerous community organisatiions which helps to create a strong community spirit and also helps provide opportunites for the youth in the to contribute. Splott is growing in popularity with Landlords for private residential lettings as the houses in this area are spacious and close to the City Centre in easy walking distance as well as having a good bus service.