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Cardiff Area Guide: Heath

Heath Park, image courtesy of John Grayson via Wikimedia CommonsIf you go to the northmost part of Cathays, or walk for a stroll around Roath Park, you will find yourself in the neighbourhood of Heath.

Because of the proximity to Heath Hospital and Cardiff University Heath Park Campus, this is a popular area with students studying medical-based degrees, though it is also home to families and professionals, making it an eclectic area to live in.

History

The Welsh name for Heath is Y Mynydd Buchan, which translates to the Little Mountain, probably harking back to when the area was mainly green land. The area was once referred to as the Great Heath because of the large park and woodland that once occupied the space.

Most of the greenspace was removed when the University Hospital of Wales (also known as the Heath, or Heath hospital) was built in 1971. However, there is still a large amount greenspace behind the hospital, which now homes Heath Park and a mini steam railway.

Things to do

Heath is primarily a residential area, with most of the space taken up by homes or the Heath hospital, however living in Heath gives you quick access to a large number of parks to enjoy; there is the aforementioned Heath Park, which features the Heath Park Miniature Railway, and only a short walk away is the stunning Roath Park!

However, due to how residential Heath is there’s not a huge amount of easily accessible activities to do, which may not suit people who’d prefer the stimulation that comes from living in or near the city centre.

Where to shop

Again, due to Heath’s residential areas, there aren’t any main shopping areas, rather you will find stores dotted around rather than being grouped together. This can be good for people looking to pop out quickly for some milk, but might not be ideal for people who want to do all their shopping in one fell swoop. Of course, with transport links being abundant, you can always pop into the city centre, or one of the large supermarkets in Cardiff Bay or Adamsdown.

Heath Hospital, image courtesy of Mich Lobb via Wikimedia CommonsTransport links

Heath has not one, but two train station available, Heath High Level and Heath Low Level. The Low Level connects the Coryton line, while the High Level is on the Rhymney line. This allows residents of Heath an extremely accessible and large area of travel, especially if they need to commute to the city centre, or outside of Cardiff.

As for bus links, Heath is extremely well served with services running from the city centre to Heath Hospital, services usually connect to the city centre via Gabalfa and Canton, and return via Adamsdown and Roath, but other services are available. So, while Heath is a bit out of the way from the hustle and bustle of central Cardiff, it is so well serviced by public transport links that you never have to worry about missing out.

Heath is an extremely popular neighbourhood amongst residents of all ages, and so it should be. It is an incredibly relaxed and charming neighbourhood, which is well supplied with beautiful green spaces. To find out more about any of the other Cardiff suburbs, see our area guides.

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