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Cardiff Area Guide: Pontprennau

Pontprennau Community Centre, image courtesy of Jaggery via Wikimedia CommonsPontprennau is a relatively small, but expanding neighbourhood to the north of Cardiff. It is bordered by the M4 to the north, and the A48 to the east, it also shares borders with several Cardiff neighbourhoods including Llanishen, Llanrumney and Lisvane.

The area can be best described as 50% residential and 50% commercial, and it’s a prime location for those working within the city, or further afield thanks to its generous transport links, however, younger people may find that the convenience does not make up for the lack of activities in the area.

History

Pontprennau is Welsh for ‘Bridge of Trees’, however the area is defined by hills and shallow valleys rather than any dense woodland as the name might suggest. The area of Pontprennau once consisted of farmland for the Llanedeyrn neighbourhood, though it became a residential neighbourhood in the 1970s. In fact, Junction 30 of the M4 was developed due to this residential expansion.

Since the 90s, Pontprennau has seen rapid growth thanks in part to private sector housing as well as the corporate development of Cardiff Gate. The 2001 UK Census noted 8,037 residents in Pontprennau, but in the last 2 decades, that number is likely to have shot up rapidly.

Things to do

People who like keeping themselves busy might find the immediate Pontprennau area to be slightly underwhelming, with very little in the way of entertainment. The neighbourhood only has one pub, called The Village Inn, and the main activity to do is play some golf at Cardiff Golf Club. Of course, there is Butterfield Park for people who enjoy wandering around green space.

It’s clear then that Pontprennau is better suited for older residents, or people who enjoy a more relaxing living experience, rather than students or people who enjoy being surrounded by a hub of activity.

Where to shop

Pontprennau is often divided into three section, east, west and centre, all of which have their own places to shop, meaning that this is a neighbourhood with plenty of variety.

East is often described as the commercial sector, and it’s here that you’ll find Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff Gate services and Cardiff Gate Retail Park. The Business Park is home to the regional representation of several national companies, while in the Retail Park you’ll find a 24-hour Asda supermarket, a B&Q, McDonalds and several other stores.

The two main retail businesses in central Pontprennau are a Waitrose supermarket and a Jaguar car dealership, although a Lidl has recently been opened too, while west Pontprennau, though mainly consists of residential housing, also has an Aldi supermarket. It’s clear then that there’s something for everyone when it comes to food shopping.

Transport links

As can be expected from a neighbourhood bordered by two major roadways, Pontprennau is well served by transport links, especially if you need to frequently drive into the city centre, or outside of Cardiff, but even if you don’t drive, transport services in Pontprennau make it easy to get around.

Cardiff bus services 57 and 58 run between Pontprennau and the city centre ever 7/8 minutes during peak times, and on average it takes 40 minutes to reach Central station, meaning the journey is relatively quick. These services run through a number of Cardiff neighbourhoods including Pentwyn, Llanedeyrn, Penylan and Roath.

If you cycle, you’ll be pleased to know that Pontprennau is linked to the city centre via Cardiff Council’s bicycle network plan, meaning there is an easy route for cyclists to get into the centre of Cardiff on bike.

Unfortunately, Pontprennau is one of the Cardiff neighbourhoods without a dedicated train station, and the neighbourhood is an equal distance between Cardiff Central station and Newport station (roughly 5 miles). The nearest rail stations are Llanishen, and Heath High Level and Heath Low Level.

Is Pontprennau the perfect neighbourhood? If not you may find the perfect place to live in Roath, Cathays, Cardiff Bay or one of Cardiff’s other incredible neighbourhoods – for more information on these areas, see our Cardiff area guides. If you have any questions about renting in Cardiff, don’t hesitate to get in touch, or pop in and visit us in our Cathays office.

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