Best areas to live in Cardiff for a family

Woman lying on bed at home with breakfast traySearching for the perfect family home can be like riding a rollercoaster of emotions as excitement and curiosity mix with stress and nerves. Perhaps you're looking for a home to start a family in the near future, or you could be relocating your family to Cardiff and wondering where to start. Whatever the reason and no matter if you're buying or renting, one of the first things you'll be researching when it comes to buying a family home in Cardiff is the different suburbs across the city.

Each area of Cardiff offers something a little different to its residents and the area that will best serve you and your family will depend on a range of personal factors. Things that sway your preference may depend on what amenities you'd like nearby, the importance of local transport and road links, local schools, overall budget and preferred style of property, to name a few.

Below you'll find some information on a little selection of areas in Cardiff that are perfectly suited to families - but remember, there are many other areas that aren't mentioned here so be sure to get in touch with our expert team here at CPS Homes to discuss what you need from a location in more detail.


Perhaps one of the more popular and well-known areas of Cardiff, Roath has plenty to offer a growing family. It's an area that's popular with good reason, most notably due to the huge grounds of Roath park that takes centre stage with it's stunning lake. Aside from being able to have this fantastic green attraction literally on your doorstep, Roath and its roads of aesthetically pleasing traditional Victorian houses can serve up a great deal more. With a range of fantastic schools nearby serving all ages (Cardiff High, Willows High, Roath Park Primary, Marlborough Primary), strong transport links to the city centre (or even a short 20 minute walk from many parts of Roath), and a community feel from the independent stores, cafes and bars from nearby Albany Road, City Road and Wellfield Road, Roath offers an attractive mix of education, relaxation and bustling interaction across the suburb.

Read our guide to living in Roath to learn more.


In the north of Cardiff there are areas such as Lisvane and Thornhill which are often seen as very pleasant areas for family life. Aside from some well respected schools (Corpus Christi, Llanishen High, the Welsh speaking Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Lysfaen Primary, Thornhill Primary) and close-knit communities, this is also backed up by the fact that on one side there is easy access to Cardiff city centre, while on the other side there's beautiful countryside with plenty of family hikes and days out to be enjoyed. This is perfect for families who enjoy dipping into the best the city has to offer while still being able to easily enjoy the great outdoors.

Read our guide to living in Lisvane and Thornhill to learn more.


Pontprennau, meaning “Bridge of Trees” in Welsh, is another suburb on the outskirts of beautiful countryside but lies more towards the north east, a little closer to the suburbs of Llanedeyrn, Pentwyn and St Mellons. Designated for residential development in the 1970's, it has spent the past few decades expanding greatly and now offers fantastic family living. Served by the A48 there's easy transport access to all parts of Cardiff, as well as all the essential amenities you'll be looking for. Pontprennau is served by many nearby schools, including Llanishen High, Ysgol Bro Edern, St Teilo's, Pontprennau Primary and Bryn Celyn Primary.

Read our guide to living in Pontprennau to learn more.


Best known for the local Heath hospital, but also for the wonderfully traditional houses and neighbouring Whitchurch village for those who love local community living. There is also the much-loved Heath park providing a place for plenty of outdoor play with the children, all while being centrally located within the city. Heath offers a very homely atmopshere and has long been a well-recommended place for families living in Cardiff. Notable schools that serve locals include Cathays High, Ton Yr Ywen Primary and St Joseph's Catholic Primary.

Read our guide to living in Heath to learn more.

If you're looking for a family home and would like to discuss which area of Cardiff may best serve your needs, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today. Contact us by calling 02920 668585, e-mail or pop into one of our three Cardiff branches.

26 August 2020


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