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Cardiff Area Guide: Splott

Splott sign, image courtesy of splott-online via FlickrToday, we’re continuing our Cardiff area guides by discovering the hidden treasures in Splott. Splott (or Y Sblot in Welsh) is a small community east of the city centre, south of Adamsdown and close to Cardiff Bay. The houses in Splott consist of tightly knit terraced houses, demonstrating the area’s community spirit.

History

The name Splott comes from the Welsh word for allotments, harking back to the area’s history when it served as agricultural land before being developed into a residential area.

In fact, Splott didn’t become a developed residential and industrial area until the end of the 19th century. The beginnings of Splott as a community can be traced back to the opening of Splott Park in 1901. Since then, the neighbourhood has developed a community spirit based around pubs, church, schools and sports teams.

Splott is a Welsh language-orientated area; in the 2011 UK census it was shown that 8.6% of Splott residents over the age of 3 could speak Welsh. It was also the home of broadcaster John Humphrys and singer Shirley Bassey (though she was born in Tiger Bay, she moved to Splott when she was just 2).

Things to do

Due to Splott’s community-centric spirit, there are a lot of places you can go that could be considered Cardiff’s hidden treasures. There’s Imperial Café (also known as Joe’s) which is a must-visit for every Cardiff resident, especially as they serve an all-day breakfast!

Owned by the owners of Imperial Café is Benedito’s, which sells a range of high class Portuguese produce including meats, fish, cheeses and other confectionery.

If you want to unwind in the evening with a drink, then you’ll want to visit the Royal Oak, which in 2010 was the only Cardiff pub to make it onto the list of Top 100 Famous UK pubs. The Grade II listed building is a lovely environment to relax in.

Splott, Looking Towards Town

Alternatively, if you wanted to try something different and a bit more energetic, Splott is also home to Infinity Trampoline Park and Boulders rock-climbing centre, two activities that make for great nights out.

While not as big as nearby Roath Park, Splott Park still offers a beautiful bit of greenery. Perfect for having a quick walk or run on a sunny day.

As with most Cardiff areas, Splott is close enough to the city centre and Cardiff Bay that you can make full use of everything those areas have to offer.  

Where to shop

Splott is a very short walk/bus ride away from the Newport Road retail park, which features a large Sainsbury’s, a Lidl and a Morrisons. There is also the benefit of being equal distance from the city centre, which means you can explore all the shops located there at your heart’s content.

If you want to find something a bit more unique, then you’ll definitely want to visit the Cardiff Indoor Flea Market, which is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and is sure to satisfy your need for interesting curios.

Transport links

There is no train station in Splott, the nearest being Cardiff Queen Street which is roughly a 15-20 minute walk away.

Splott is serviced by bus routes 1 & 2 which pass Splott and travel to the City Centre either directly, or via Roath, Heath, Llandaff, Canton and Cardiff Bay.

While Splott may be a less attractive area compared to some in Cardiff, it benefits from a community spirit and reasonable rent prices. It is also close to all of Cardiff’s major amenities, so it is perfect if you are looking to move to Cardiff on a budget.

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