Living in Adamsdown

Adamsdown essentials

Facilities & Services: hospital, police & schools

Nearest Hospital

Heath Hospital

Location: Heath Park , Cardiff , CF14 4XW
Drive: 10 minutes from Constellation Street via City Road.

Local Police Station

Cardiff Central Police Station

Location: King Edward VII Ave , Cathay’s Park , Cardiff , CF10 3NN
Any drop-in enquiries should be directed to the main central police station, at the Central Police Station. Open 8am till midnight, 7 days a week


Willows High School

Location: Willows Avenue , Tremorfa , Cardiff , CF24 2YE
From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Drive Time: 3 minutes

Kings Monkton School

Location: 6 West Grove , Cardiff , CF24 3XL
Nursery to Sixth Form. From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Drive Time: 3 minutes

St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School

Location: Circle Way East , Llanedeyrn , Cardiff , CF23 9PD
From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Drive Time: 8 minutes

Tredegarville C.W. Primary School

Location: Glossop Road , Cardiff , CF24 0JT
From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Walk Time: 6 minutes

Ysgol Glan Morfa – Welsh-Speaking Primary School

Location: Lewis Road , Splott , Cardiff , CF24 5EB
From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Drive Time: 4 minutes

Moorland Primary School

Location: Singleton Road , Splott , Cardiff , CF24 2LJ
From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Drive Time: 4 minutes

Busy Bees Nursery school

Location: Eastmoors Road , Ocean Park , Cardiff , CF24 5XH
From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Drive Time: 5 minutes

Tremorfa Nursery School

Location: Mona Place , Tremorfa , Cardiff , CF24 2TG
From the centre of Constellation Street, Adamsdown: Drive Time: 6 minutes

Getting around Adamsdown

Adamsdown bus map


The Adamsdown district is served by the number 11 Cardiff Bus route.


There is no train station in Adamsdown. The city centre is a 5-15 minute walk away. Your nearest train station would be Queen Street

Major Road Links

The A4161 road or Newport Road is minutes away and can get you from Adamsdown onto the M4 corridor within 5 minutes. From there you can be within London in 2 hours - that’s if you wish to leave The ‘Diff!

What's on in Adamsdown

Splott Park

Splott Park

Location: Splott Park , Muirton Road , Cardiff
A short walk from Adamsdown proper, if you need a quick-fix break away from the city rat race, this park could be just what you need. Splott Park may not be the most popular of Cardiff Parks or have the most adventurous of names, but by no means is it inferior. Surrounded by a thick blanket of mature trees, the park is home to a skate park, mountain bike track, tennis courts, bowling green and even a swimming pool located in the centre of the park. So there are plenty of activities to keep your blood pumping. Just in case you fancy a more leisurely stroll, there are plenty of nice benches to take a cheeky rest - don’t want to pull something, now do we….?

Star Hub

Location: Splott Road , Splott , Cardiff , CF24 2BZ
The new Better STAR Hub opened its doors in September 2016 and now proudly sits at the heart of the Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath communities. This state of the art facility includes a new swimming pool with completely accessible access for all users. Facilities include badminton courts, indoor 5 a-side, a fitness suite and the catalyst for most Olympic athletes - soft play.

Railway Gardens (Coming soon for Summer 2022!)

Location: Adeline St , Cardiff , CF24 2DH
This exciting new community-led initiative will provide an eco-friendly, sustainable space for residents of Adamsdown and Splott. Developed and designed by Green Squirrel with support from numerous local organisations, it's set to be based in a large, unused site next to Railway Street. Plans include a two-level community hub and kitchen, studio spaces to be used by small, independent businesses, an outdoor events/play area and an allotment. The project aims to create a multipurpose facility that can be used for workshops and events, encouraging community action on issues that matter to people who live in the area. Watch this space!

Oasis Cardiff

Location: 69b Splott Road , Splott , CF24 2BW
Oasis Cardiff is not-for-profit organisation aiming to help Refugees and Asylum Seekers integrate into their local community and feel at home. They run training courses, craft sessions and a number of other activities, one of the most popular being monthly Cardiff Supper Club, where the centre’s clients bring a recipe from their home country to cook and eat alongside dinner guests. The amazing work from the team behind Oasis has really helped to put this area of Cardiff on the map as one with a strong community vibe that feels inclusive and celebratory of other cultures.

NoFit State Circus

Location: Four Elms Road , CF24 1LE
NoFit State is the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company, producing professional touring productions and a wide variety of community, training, and education projects for people of all ages.

Eat in Adamsdown


Benedito’s of Cardiff

Location: 15 Splott Road , Cardiff , CF24 2BU
Deep into the centre of Splott – not far from Adamsdown – is a taste of the Mediterranean. Benedito’s is a shop that supplies a tasty mixture of the best foods and drinks from sunny Portugal. They also run the Imperial Café just down the road from Benedito’s - a nice spot in the centre of Splott. Benedito's is a deli which offers “An excellent place to shop for unusual food. They are one of the few places in Cardiff that does good salt cod,” says Chris Hayden who moved to Splott 11 years ago.

Imperial Cafe

Location: 33 Splott Road , Cardiff , CF24 2BU
Known as Joe’s or Maria’s to locals, tuck in to a fantastic all-day breakfast…served all-day! You’ll be sure to leave feeling as full as an egg!

Royal Oak

Location: 200 Broadway , Cardiff , CF24 1QJ
One of the last pubs left in Cardiff with true tradition; a wide range of classic Brains beers are served here, all within a cosy atmosphere. Bask in the sunshine in the large beer garden during summer, or alternatively use the gym upstairs! The Royal Oak is such a good pub that other Cardiff districts are trying to claim ownership: “Whilst geographic purists may argue about ownership – is it Roath or Splott? – leave them to the wrangling to enjoy a pint of Cardiff’s finest in one of the last true traditional pubs in the city,” says Splott resident Simon Nurse.


Location: 118 Clifton Street , Cardiff , CF24 1LW
Nata & Co is a Portuguese bakery, home of the famous Pastel de Nata and other sweet and savoury Portuguese treats.

La Belle Epoque - Coffee & Wine

Location: 146 Clifton Street , Cardiff , CF24 1LZ
A charming and quirky little Polish café, popular with locals for the fabulous array of fresh cakes and homemade desserts on offer. Regarded as a hidden gem, you can enjoy a cup of coffee during the day or pop back in the evening to relax with a glass of red.

CPS Homes guide to living in Adamsdown

Adamsdown nestles between Splott to the south and Roath’s border of Newport Road to the north, within a stone’s throw of Cardiff city centre. Like its neighbours, it’s a residential district, and while it previously may not have had the pull of Roath, it’s a community-spirited place and it’s on the up.

Fox Lane, Adamsdown and Splott Adamsdown has changed rapidly in recent times. Originally known as ‘the downs’, it was an area of open farmland outside of the city walls. The first buildings were constructed in 1832, but it wasn’t truly populated until the 1850s, when the famine in Ireland led the natives to migrate all around the world. By 1855, Adamsdown had streets and houses and was known ‘Little Ireland’, so the many local pubs there should know how to knock back a good pint of Guinness!

These days Adamsdown is a developing community steeped in its ‘Cardiffian’ history. If you’re looking to integrate yourself into an area of Cardiff that’s working together to better itself, this place is ideal. The districts hold regular, free community events and groups, so if you’re a dab hand with a paintbrush you could go down really well with the locals.

Adamsdown is famous for its quirky batches of street names – metals and gemstones, astronomical terms and the houses are cheaper here compared to the likes of Cathays, Roath and Cardiff Bay.

Cardiff bus stop with Stormtrooper waiting

Living in Adamsdown has many benefits. It brings together a cosmopolitan mixture of cultures. This gives it a twist of young professionals, friends from overseas and locals who have descended from the times of ‘Little Ireland’. Its location means it’s a very short walk to the City Centre, so it’s handy for professionals working in the centre, eager shoppers looking to save extra pounds on taxi fares and students based at the ATriUM building.

There are also plenty of local primary schools in the area - perfect for young families. Walking time, you are looking at a maximum of 15 minutes to leave your mini me(s) at school!

Testimonial on living in the area:

“Adamsdown is perfectly located for being close to town whilst still keeping a residential/community feel as it’s mostly made up of small family homes. Living there means you’re within walking distance of the city centre and Roath so there’s plenty to do in the surrounding areas too. Clifton St has been recently pedestrianised and is worth a visit to support local businesses as you’ll find a few individual shops and cafes there. Splott Rd has plenty of amenities too including a library and a leisure centre. There are also a fair few privately-run pubs in the area if you don’t fancy venturing to town for a drink. With properties in the area being reasonably priced, Adamsdown a good start for a first home.”

Sophie Packer - Adamsdown Homeowner

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CPS Homes last edited this page on 28/07/2021. All details listed were correct at the time of publishing. Reviewed every six months.