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Living in Cardiff (CF)

Discover vibrant Cardiff, a city blending rich history with modern charm. Explore its stunning parks, vibrant arts scene and thriving food culture. Cardiff offers a wonderful quality of life.

Your guide to moving to Cardiff

Why Cardiff is a good place to live

Living in Cardiff is a vibrant and enriching experience, characterised by its dynamic atmosphere, cultural heritage and wealth of activities. Like any city, Cardiff has its share of crime but it’s pretty safe overall. There’s a great sense of community and a strong identity that comes with living in the Welsh capital. Local authorities maintain public safety and residents generally feel secure in their day-to-day lives.

Cardiff boasts excellent schools and universities, including the prestigious Cardiff University from the Russell Group. The city offers plenty of opportunities for both academic and personal growth, fostering a supportive and exciting environment for students of all ages.

What’s Cardiff famous for?

Cardiff is famous for its passion for sports, particularly rugby union. It’s known as the capital of Welsh rugby and hosts matches at the Principality Stadium, a world-class sporting venue. Cardiff also has a thriving arts and cultural scene. Landmarks like Cardiff Castle and the Wales Millennium Centre showcase the city’s rich history and heritage.

Things to do in Cardiff

When it comes to entertainment, it’s tough to beat a day out in Cardiff. Explore the charming Victorian arcades and modern shopping district or soak up some live music at the iconic Motorpoint Arena. The Cardiff Bay waterfront development sets a picturesque scene for dining out, boat trips or leisurely walks. If you’ve got time, fit in a visit to Techniquest Science Centre or the Norwegian Church Arts Centre.

For nature enthusiasts, you'll find tranquil green spaces and outdoor activities at Bute Part and Roath Park. Plus, Cardiff’s proximity to the stunning South Wales coastline means you can escape to sprawling sandy beaches with ease.

Living in Cardiff comes with cultural delights, a lively social scene and excellent educational opportunities, making it a city that truly caters to all interests and aspirations.

Average asking prices in Cardiff today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£280,000

378 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£450,000

302 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£320,000

249 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£170,000

402 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Cardiff

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  • Daffodil

    Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10

    Come and discover one of Cardiff's best kept secrets, hidden right in the heart of the city.

  • Pulse

    Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10

    Gay nightclub with themed nights and shows by top names, plus a daytime cafe-bar.

  • Yates

    Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10

  • Tavistock

    Roath, South Glamorgan, CF24

    The Tavistock is a classic local pub on the corner of Bedford Street and Tavistock Street.

  • Dead Canary

    Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10

    Welcome to Deaths and Entrances at The Dead Canary – Cardiff’s Award Winning Cocktail Bar. With sublimely crafted cocktails inspired by the Deaths and Entrances, a book of poetry penned by the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Transport in Cardiff

Trains

There are 20 train stations in Cardiff, making it the most dense railway system in Wales. Transport for Wales runs the Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes from two main railway hubs: Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street stations.

Cardiff Central train station is on the edge of the city centre and travels to Bristol (56 mins), London (1 hr 50 mins), Reading (1 hr 52 mins), Birmingham (2 hrs), Manchester (3 hrs 30 mins), Leeds (4 hrs 8 mins), Newcastle (5 hrs 10 mins) and Edinburgh (7 hrs).

Cardiff Queen Street operates a more local service, with trains regularly departing for Swansea, Newport, Cardiff Bay, Barry Island and Bridgend, among others.

Buses

Cardiff has a comprehensive bus network, with the council-owned 'Cardiff Bus' providing the vast majority of routes in the city and beyond.

Regular services run to Newport, Penarth, Barry, Cardiff Airport and Llantwit Major, among others.

Car

The M4 motorway runs to the north of Cardiff, providing a direct link to London in under 3 hours via Newport, Bristol and Reading. In the other direction, the M4 gives easy access to Bridgend and Swansea.

The city is easy to drive around and there is parking available with multi-story car parks and park-and-ride facilities.

The A48 connects the city centre to the neighbourhoods of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The A470 leads into the Rhondda valleys while the A4232 dual carriageway forms an outer ring around the city, all of which help people travel around with ease.

Airports

Cardiff Airport is less than 30 minutes from the city centre and flies to international destinations around the world.

Transport connections

Cardiff Queen Street
National Rail
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Cathays
National Rail
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Cardiff Central
National Rail
0.7 miles / 1.1 km
Cardiff Castle Waterbus Stop
Ferry Port
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Taffs Mead Waterbus Stop
Ferry Port
0.9 miles / 1.4 km
Cardiff Bay
National Rail
1.2 miles / 1.9 km

Schools in Cardiff

Cardiff offers a range of excellent schools for pupils of all ages.

For primary-aged children, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Marlborough Primary School, St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Ninian Park Primary School and St Peter's Primary school are all highly rated.

For secondary students, Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales School is one of the highest achieving schools in Wales. Cardiff High School, Fitzalan High School, Radyr Comprehensive and St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School are also excellent.

For further education, Cardiff University is a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK research intensive universities, and is the 16th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers.

Schools in Cardiff

Tredegarville C/W Primary
 
St. Peter's Primary School
 
Adamsdown Primary
 
Albany Primary School
 
St Mary The Virgin C/W Primary School
 
Stacey Primary School