Cardiff City Centre essentials

Facilities & Services: hospital, police & schools

Nearest Hospital

Heath Hospital

Location: Heath Park , Cardiff , CF14 4XW
University Hospital of Wales - 10 minutes by car A470 northbound

Local Police Station

Cardiff Central Police Station

Location: King Edward VII Ave , Cathay’s Park , Cardiff , CF10 3NN
Open 8am till midnight, 7 days a week

Schools

The Bishop of Llandaff High School

Location: The Bishop of Llandaff , Church-in-Wales School , Rookwood Close , Cardiff , CF5 2NR
City Centre to the school Bus time: 20 minutes Drive Time: 10 minutes

Cardiff High School

Location: Llandennis Road , Cyncoed , Cardiff , CF23 6WG
City Centre to the school Bus Time: 30 minutes Drive Time: 8 minutes

Fitzalan High School

Location: Lawrenny Avenue , (Canton & Leckwith) , Cardiff , CF11 8XB
City centre to the school Bus Time: 15 minutes Drive Time: 6 minutes

Ninian Park Primary School

Location: Virgil Street , (Leckwith/Canton area) , Cardiff , CF118TF
Drive time: 5 minutes

Moorland primary School

Location: Singleton Road , Splott , Cardiff , CF24 2LJ
Drive Time: 7 minutes

Little Angels Nursery School

Location: Brunel House , 2 Fitzalan Road , Cardiff , CF24 0EB
Drive Time: 5 minutes Walk: 12 minutes

Getting around Cardiff City Centre

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Bus

Cardiff Central Bus Station is located right next to the train station. Currently undergoing major redevelopment, the station provides link to the whole city. There are also links to all major UK destinations and Cardiff Airport (with bus T9) from here.

Rail - Central Station

The whole of Cardiff is serviced well, with over 20 localised stations in total. Cardiff Central is the largest station and trains can transport you direct to London Paddington within 2 hours, perfect for business (or shopping!) trips.

Rail - Queen Street

Being so close to many of the large corporate offices and with regular links to Cardiff Bay, Queen Street Station is a handy second addition to the Central Station. Walking from Central Station to Queen Street = approx 14 minutes

Major Road Links

M4 - Cardiff is linked by the M4 making it an easily accessible city to the rest of the UK. Northbound the cities main road is A470. Westbound and Cardiff Airport (South) is the A4232. To the east Newport Road (A4161) goes from the heart of the city centre onto the M4 within minutes.

What's on in Cardiff City Centre

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Bute Park

Location: Bute Park , Cardiff
Fancy some green, green grass of Wales? Yes please! The stunning park grounds at the heart of the city is the perfect picnic spot. Set within the grounds of the iconic Cardiff Castle, it's a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Our top tip - grab lunch from one of the numerous shops around the Castle, and sit in the park watching the boats go by on the river. Who said a working lunch had to be boring?!

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Principality Stadium

Location: Westgate Street , Cardiff , CF10 1NS
Built in 2000, the stadium has hosted some of the world’s biggest events including the Olympics football in 2012. You haven't tasted the true Cardiff experience until you've stood alongside 80,000 fans singing Land of My Fathers at the top of their voices during a Six Nations Rugby International. The Millennium Stadium is truly Cardiff’s Calon Lan!

Clwb Ifor Bach

Location: Womanby Street , Cardiff , CF10 1BR
...or 'The Welsh Club' if the proper pronunciation is proving difficult! If you're a fan of live, alternative music and a festival-like atmosphere, this is the place to be.

Gôl

Location: Lawrenny avenue , Cardiff , CF11 8BR
Gôl is Cardiff's number one five-a-side football centre. The fantastic facility boasts the only 7 a-side pitch in the city and has a fully licensed bar for a true athlete's warm down.

St David's Shopping Centre

Location: St David's Shopping Centre , Cardiff , CF10 2EN
Located in the heart of the Welsh capital, St David’s Cardiff is one of Wales’ largest shopping centres. With over 180 shops, cafes and restaurants to explore, St David’s is the ideal destination for a rainy day out. Annual Student Night is a one-night event with exclusive offers for students in Cardiff.

Cardiff Castle

Following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bute, the family decided to give the Castle and much of its parkland to the city of Cardiff. For 25 years, the Castle was home to the National College of Music and Drama and since 1974 has become one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions. If you live or work in Cardiff, you can get a castle key for reduced priced entry.

Boat Tours

Avoid the traffic and enjoy the view of River Taff traveling between Cardiff Bay and the City Centre via the water bus.

Eat in Cardiff City Centre

Ty Madeira

Location: 32 St Mary Street , Cardiff , CF10 1AB
Voted the best Portuguese restaurant in Cardiff Ty Madeira is a family run restaurant serving traditional Portuguese dishes with locally sourced ingredients.

Madame Fromage

Location: 21 - 25 Castle Arcade , Cardiff , CF10 1BU
Cheese specialist and Deli Madame Fromage stocks over 150 varieties of cheese in their premises inside Castle Arcade. The deli also serves homemade snacks and light bites using Welsh ingredients.

The Clink

Location: HMP Cardiff , Knox Road , Cardiff , CF24 0UG
Serving more than just porridge, The Clink Restaurant located at HMP Cardiff is consistently one of the top 10 restaurants in Cardiff on TripAdvisor. Your meal will be cooked and served by prisoners as part of the learning programme for prisoners to learn new skills.

29 Park Place

Location: 29 Park Place , Cardiff , CF10 3BA
Part of the award-winning Knife and Fork Group, 29 Park Place serves the classic pub menu with a modern twist.

CPS Homes Guide to Living in Cardiff City Centre

You may not know it but Cardiff is a thriving city you have probably already seen on TV if you watch BBC series Doctor Who, Torchwood, Casualty and Sherlock, to name but a few. Cardiff Council receives thousands of requests to film TV series and movies every year.

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Whilst we could talk about our lovely city all day, we thought we’d tell you about what we think are the hidden gems and facts you may not know!

Cardiff has the sixth most successful shopping centre in the UK. And no wonder! We have a fantastic mix of small boutique shops housed within quirky arcades, a traditional market dating back to the 18th Century and now the ever-gleaming St David's Shopping Centre - housing everything from cafés to designer brands under one roof.

If you like cycling, did you know Cardiff has over 94km of cycle trails? They make that morning commute just a little bit easier! One of the most popular cycle trails is the 55 miles long Taff Trail which will take you all the way to Brecon. And if the thought of the typical ‘Welsh weather’ puts you off, rest assured that Cardiff has in excess of 200 rain-free days a year on average

If you're looking to soak up any of those sunny days, you can always visit an event at the central Millennium Stadium, which boasts one of the biggest sun roofs! Yes, a fully retractable roof means spectators of rugby, football, rallying & concerts are kept sunshine-happy or rain-free. In 2012 the stadium housed spectators of 11 Olympic football matches.

Cultural diversity is at the heart of our city, with almost every sign in both Welsh and English. Cardiff is the Cultural Capital of Wales and offers a warm Croeso! (Welcome!) to all visitors. If you aren’t Welsh speaking yourself, look out for the translations and perhaps before you leave you will be able to pronounce the name of a little Welsh village called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It is the village with the longest name in Britain - we kid you not!

The Cardiff Tube? Unlike London and other large cities like Manchester, we don’t need a tube or a tram. Our city centre is fully stocked with shops, bars, restaurants, clubs, pubs, market stalls, libraries, museums, castles, rivers, parks, cafés, theatres, orchestra halls - and you can walk, drive, bus, cycle or run to them all within minutes! Our locals say the best thing about Cardiff is having everything you'd want in a vibrant, major city on your doorstep.

Testimonials

‘Cardiff is an excellent city to live in. Small and compact but with a big and vibrant personality. Something for everyone and the countryside is not too far away!’

‘Fabulous place to live. Full of life, something for everyone, friendly people, beautiful buildings.’

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CPS Homes last edited this page on 30/09/2019. All details listed were correct at the time of publishing. Reviewed every six months.