MOVING TO CARDIFF

MOVING TO CARDIFF


Cardiff is a cosmopolitan capital city, with the perfect balance of being the largest city in Wales, as well as a small enough city to retain the friendliness of a town. Cardiff has undergone lots of change with developments being built across the city, the landscape is ever-changing. The regional regeneration has encouraged growth and prosperity, and as more people flock to live in Cardiff than ever before, we hope those relocating or moving for university enjoys our City as much as we do!

GETTING AROUND CARDIFF

Cardiff Central Station is the largest station in Wales and currently undergoing major developments to accommodate the influx of residents and visitors to the city. Newport is only 10 minutes via train and Bristol can be reached within 40 minutes. Cardiff City Centre has a secondary train station called Cardiff Queen Street that operates a direct link to Cardiff Bay and other surrounding suburbs.

Cardiff Bus is also a major transport provider, covering pretty much all of Cardiff and the redevelopment of the central bus station, getting around Cardiff has never been easier. Services are frequent with excellent links, with Cardiff Bay enjoying the ‘Bay Car’ a dedicated bendy bus service.

To travel to Cardiff by car is also possible, whilst you can practically drive from one side of the city centre to the other, these roads are heavily congested at rush hours. Cardiff council encourage public transport, and when there are major events in town, many of the roads will close so public transport is your only option. The main routes in and out of the city centre are via Newport Road and the A470 which both link to the M4.

Taxis are also easy to come by in Cardiff, with two major companies Dragon and Capital controlling most of the taxis in the city. Although on match days and any main events, be prepared to wait in an orderly fashion for a taxi, as they reach their full capacity. In 2016, Cardiff welcomes Taxi app Uber, making it even easier to ‘grab a cab’. The app allows you to book a taxi in real-time and picks you up from your pinpointed location on your phone.

EATING AND DRINKING IN CARDIFF

Cardiff is inundated with restaurants, bars and cafes, so there is plenty to choose from wherever you are in Cardiff. In the city centre the main streets for food are St Mary’s Street and Mill Lane, where you will find a mixture of familiar chain restaurants as well local independent restaurants. In Cathays and Roath the main streets are City Road, Wellfield Road and Crwys Road which host a multiple of restaurants from a wide range of cultures.

If it’s a stiff drink you are after, St Mary Street is the centre for nightlife, with the road becoming pedestrianised on a weekend evening. Other variety of pubs and bars can be found on the outskirts of Cardiff such as The Depot on Dumballs Road and The Tramshed on the outskirts of Grangetown. Cardiff Bay has to offer a multitude of restaurants and bars known as Mermaid Quay, which if the weathers nice is a must, as you can dine ‘Al Fresco’ overlooking the water.

If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind with a coffee during the day, again there is plenty of coffee shops to choose from, Quantum CoffeeThe Deck and Octavo Coffee and Wine bar all nestled within Cardiff Bay and even more spread between the city centre and the surrounding area.

RETAIL THERAPY IN CARDIFF

St David’s 2 is Wales’s largest indoor shopping area, hosting a wide range of shops to suit everyone’s need. The other major shopping district is Queen Street which is a traditional pedestrian boulevard lined with shop fronts on either side. Moreover, take your pick from the numerous Victorian Arcades, packed with smaller independent shops and cafés of a quirky nature. Cardiff also benefits from many out of city retail parks in every direction if you have a car and looking for a change of scenery.

HISTORY IN CARDIFF

Cardiff Castle stands proud in the heart of the city, along with acres of green park land open to the public daily. If you are a Cardiff resident, make sure you pick up your key to the castle for unlimited access to the castle. If you are looking to learn the history of Wales, be sure to check out the National Museum of Wales, next to City Hall which is free to enter. If you are looking to explore further afield, it is worth visiting St Fagan’s which is the museum of Welsh history, which takes you back in time as you explore the history of welsh life.

LIVING IN CARDIFF

Check out our Cardiff Area tab on our main page of the Keylet website that provides all the information of each area including average house prices and the demographic found there. As a whole, Cardiff’s population has grown dramatically over the years which has led to an increased demand of housing. The regeneration of Cardiff Bay has seem more property development that anywhere else in the city, with a number of modern luxury apartments built for both sales and lettings.

Those who prefer a more traditional style of housing can look to Pontcanna and Llandaff which are characterised by rows of Victorian Houses, complete with tree-lined avenues. Cardiff also hosts a large student population which defines the areas of Cathays, Roath and Adamsdown. Click here to view our current availability list to SELL or RENT.

Published: September 5, 2016

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