Living in Llanishen

Llanishen essentials

Facilities & Services: hospital, police & schools

Nearest Hospital

Local Police Station

Llanishen Police Station

Location: Station Road , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 5LS
The police station in Llanishen is not open to the public without prior appointment.

Cardiff Central Police Station

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



Llanishen High School

Location: Heol Hir , Cardiff , CF14 5YL
Llanishen High School is one of the largest schools in the north of Cardiff, taking pupils from Llanishen, Lisvane & Thornhill, and Rhiwbina. Its broad curriculum caters to 1600 students, and includes a Specialist Hearing Impaired teaching unit.

Ysgol y Wern

Location: Llangranog Road , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 5BL
Welsh-language school

Llanishen Fach Primary School

Location: Llanishen Fach Primary School , Cardiff

Christ The King Catholic Primary School

Location: Christ The King Catholic Primary School

Coed Glas Primary School

Location: Coed Glas Primary School

Rhydypenau Primary School and Nursery

Location: Fidlas Avenue , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 0NX

The Court Special School

Location: 96a Station Road , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 5UX

Getting around Llanishen

Rail - Llanishen station

Llanishen is one of Llanishen's two stations, on the Cardiff to Rhymney line. It is unmanned, but has disabled access. Trains run from Llanishen every quarter-hour or so during the day, both into the city centre (and on out to Penarth and the coast), and north into Bargoed and Rhymney Valley.

Rail - Ty Glas station

Ty Glas is one of two stations in Llanishen, and is on the Cardiff to Coryton line. Just like Llanishen station, it is unmanned, but has disabled access. Trains run from Ty Glas every half-hour or so.

What's on in Llanishen

Llanishen Golf Club

Location: Heol Hir , Cardiff , CF14 9UD
For those who like a panoramic views with their golf. Llanishen Golf Club was founded in 1905 and recently underwent extensive drainage to improve the course.


Llanishen Reservoirs

Location: Llanishen reservoir
The site of much public action, the reservoirs were built in 1884 and have been a much-loved local feature since. Residents’ groups and the Council planning office are currently resisting actions by the reservoirs’ owners to turn them into another housing estate. They have been half-drained, so they’re a little less than their best, but we have every hope that they’ll be brimming with tranquillity in the near future.

Llanishen Park

Location: Llanishen Park
A lovely green space close to the Thornhill and Ty Glas roads, Llanishen Park offers a little relaxation in the middle of the busy suburbs – but don’t shout about it, the locals like the fact that it’s a quiet spot!


Llanishen Skate Park

Location: Glider Field , Ty Glas Avenue , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 5EB
Heaven is a half-pipe. Llanishen’s skate park has no time restrictions, because it’s located out on Glider Fields, opposite the leisure centre.

Llanishen Leisure Centre

Location: Ty-Glas Avenue , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 5EB
Llanishen Leisure Centre is the largest in Cardiff, with badminton and squash courts, spin room, fitness suite, and a pool with a wave machine. The centre also offers swimming, yoga and aerobics classes, as well as lifeguard courses and – we’re particularly excited about this – line dancing.


Location: Parc Ty Glas , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 5DU
One for the little ones… and accompanying parents, too! Jump is the largest indoor soft play area in the UK, and well equipped to deal with everything from after-school care to birthday parties in their themed rooms – they have everything from Space to Dinosaurs. Jump is open until 6.30pm in the week and 6pm at the weekends.

Llanishen Rugby Club

Location: Club House , Ty Glas Avenue , Llanishen , Cardiff , CF14 5DX

Eat in Llanishen


Caffe Fach

Location: 89-91 Heol Llanishen Fach , Cardiff , CF14 6LB
Located on the way to Rhiwbina on Heol Llanishen Fach, Caffé Fach's 'best of British' approach to their menus has made it a firm favourite with the locals. One of Cardiff’s hidden gems, it’s frequented by ‘families young and old’.

The Butchers Arms

Location: 22 Heol-Y-Felin , Cardiff , CF14 6NB
A traditional pub and restaurant. The current building replaced the original Butchers Arms around 1955.

Selah Cafe & Tea Rooms

Location: 38 Station Road , Cardiff , CF14 5LT
​Selah is a family run, quirky, vintage cafe and tea rooms, visitors can enjoy home baking in a friendly atmosphere.

CPS Homes guide to living in Llanishen


Founded by a pair of monks in 535 AD, Llanishen has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a farming settlement. It got into the commuter suburb scene early, with the building of the railway stations in the 1850s leading to an increase in families moving to the area. Now Llanishen is well known as the home of the 'Tax Offices', the tallest buildings in north Cardiff and a landmark for miles around.

Parc Tŷ Glas is home to the offices of S4C (the national television station for Wales) and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. HM Revenue and Customs occupies an 18-storey tower block (Phase 2) plus some of the 11-storey Gleider House (Phase 1) in a complex of HM Government offices. Next to the HMRC complex, a retail park with occupants such as Marks and Spencer, Boots, Laura Ashley, HomeSense and Starbucks makes it an ideal alternative to the city centre.

Llanishen Reservoir forms the end of a Victorian water supply system stretching from the Brecon Beacons to Cardiff. The reservoir was also listed by Cadw in July 2009 as a building of special architectural or historic interest It had been under threat from an American-led commercial development for domestic housing, where the proposed houses would be built around a reduced lake. But the CADW designation plus the Site of Special Scientific Interest for grassland fungi on the embankments of the former reservoir made it very difficult for a developer to gain building permission. Although the proposal to build 320 new homes by WPD was rejected, in 2010 the reservoir was completely drained and fenced off to block public access. Since then the Reservoir Action Group has been campaigning to have the reservoir refilled.

The Force is strong in Llanishen – it was the childhood home of Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand.

CPS Homes last edited this page on 12/12/2019. All details listed were correct at the time of publishing. Reviewed every six months.