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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Mill Lane

Location: Mill Lane , Cardiff , CF10 1FL
If you thought dining Al Fresco was strictly for the continentals, think again! We have our own South of France experience in South Wales, with bars and restaurants all positioned perfectly to capture the afternoon and evening sun. And when the sun does eventually go down, Mill Lane is home to a few of Cardiff's best bars and clubs.

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Millennium 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!

Laguna Health & Spa

Location: Greyfriars Road , Cardiff , CF10 3AL
Right in the city centre Laguna offers a state of the art gym and swimming pool: complete with steam room and Jacuzzi. Also perfect for a pampering day.

Pure Gym

Location: Stadium Plaza , Wood Street , Cardiff , CF10 1LA
The Pure Gym UK wide revolution offers folk living in Cardiff gym access 24/7. Everything you need for a good workout, state of the art and modern at a very competitive price.

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.

Eat in Cardiff City Centre

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The Park House Club

Location: Park Place , Cardiff , CF10 3DQ
Fancy a payday treat? Then treat yourself here! Located just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city centre streets, this beautiful building comes equipped with a cocktail lounge.

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.

Mocka Lounge

Location: Mill Lane , Cardiff , CF10 1FL
When the sun's out, get here as quickly as you can! The bar offers ample outdoor seating and a great selection of drinks - including 5* cocktails.

O'Neills

Location: 85-87 St Mary Street , Cardiff , CF10 1DW
Our Celtic cousins have made this corner of St Mary Street their home for some time now. The venue is a popular choice for watching live sports, such as on a Six Nations matchday.

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.

Cardiff civic centre

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. But don’t forget your shopping bag! As Wales looks to encourage recycling, retailers have been bound to charge 5p for carrier bags since October 2011.

If you like cycling, did you know Cardiff has over 94km of cycle trails? They make that morning commute just a little bit easier! 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 (we welcomed Madonna in 2009 and are waiting for Bruce Springsteen in July 2013) 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 25/08/2015. All details listed were correct at the time of publishing. Reviewed every six months.