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Cardiff Area Guide: Pentwyn

Pentwyn Leisure Centre, image courtesy of John Thorn via Wikimedia CommonsThis week, our area guides take us to Pentwyn, a suburb in the east of Cardiff, and north-east of the city centre. Pentwyn is bordered by Pontprennau, and is a popular area with families thanks to the large number of residential homes and schools, as well as students who are studying in the Cyncoed campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Pentwyn is a relatively new Cardiff suburb, in fact, if you search for Pentwyn on Google Maps, you will see it listed as Llanedeyrn. Pentwyn actually shares space with Llanedeyrn, but their history is the same. Like much of the outer suburbs of Cardiff, Pentwyn started life as farmland before coming under Cardiff jurisdiction towards the end of the 19th century (in this case, 1889). However, the neighbourhood wasn’t fully absorbed into the city until 1967, which led to a huge housing expansion with the creation of homes and housing estates.

Things to do

Pentwyn is a relatively self-enclosed neighbourhood, unlike Cathays or Cardiff Bay which typically bleed into the city centre, Pentwyn feels more like a separate suburb, which could be seen as a positive if you enjoy living in a quieter, less hectic environment.

That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty to do in Pentwyn, the area includes Pentwyn Leisure Centre, which is one of the largest in Cardiff, and of course, there’s another of Cardiff’s fantastic parks, in this case Parc Coed y Nant.

These amenities are well-suited to families with children, or students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, especially as the School of Sport is located on the Cyncoed Campus.

With a large number of residential homes and schools, this area is definitely aimed more at families.

Where to shop

Pentwyn is well-stocked with places to shop, it has its own shopping centre and retail park which makes shopping a breeze.

Transport links

Public transport links in Pentwyn are rather limited, but because of the area’s close proximity to the A48, it is an area that definitely has drivers in mind more so than people who rely on trains or buses to commute.

While there’s no train station, Pentwyn is still fairly accessible for people without a car. Several buses link Pentwyn to the city centre. However, if you drive you’ll find getting around much easier.

Pentwyn is a great area for people looking to live with their family, or if they’re studying at the Cyncoed campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University, however it doesn’t hold the same level of adaptability as living in Cathays or Roath, especially if you’re a student or young professional working close to the centre of the city. That said, with reasonable rent prices and fantastic road links into and out of the city, Pentwyn is still a great neighbourhood to live in.

To find out more information about other Cardiff neighbourhoods, see our area guides. Alternatively, contact us to find out more about any properties we have available, or register with us and we’ll let you know when your dream property is available to rent.

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