Cardiff Area Guide: Canton
Canton (Welsh: Treganna) is an extremely popular suburb to the west of Cardiff. It is often considered one of the most ethnically-diverse Cardiff neighbourhoods with a large Asian population. This fantastic neighbourhood has a bohemian feel, and suits people those looking for a district with a gentrified atmosphere. The reason for the bohemian feel comes in part from the large number of artists and young professionals living in what many consider to be one of Cardiff’s largest creative hubs.
In the 2011 Census, it was shown that 14,304 people live in this Cardiff neighbourhood, with a large Welsh-speaking population: 19.1% of Canton residents are able to speak Welsh.
The name Canton is derived from St Canna’s Town. St Canna was a 6th century saint – the holy matron of Celtic saints. She is the same St Canna that the Cardiff neighbourhood Pontcanna takes its name. Canton officially became a part of Victorian-era Cardiff in 1875.
During the middle-ages, Canton was a 13th-century manor which was ruled under the stewardship of Earl de Kanetune. Beginning in 1250, Canton Cross was the site of the largest and most important trading market in South Wales. The market was open 6 days a week, but closed on Sundays, and was a place that traders could buy fresh food and live animals. The location of the market was the junction where Llandaff Road and Leckwith Road now cross Cowbridge Road East.
Things to do
Canton is a short walk to the city centre and therefore, residents aren’t far from all the centre has to offer, but there are also great places to visit within Canton. One of the best-known Canton landmarks is the Chapter Arts Centre, which hosts a café, cinema and theatre space, making a bustling and exciting place to spend your time.
Canton is also a short walk from Cardiff City football stadium, which means it’s only a short walk to watch a game if you support the Bluebirds.
Where to shop
The main shopping street in Canton is Cowbridge Road East which runs through the Cardiff neighbourhood. The street hosts a large number of shops, pubs and restaurants, making it a convenient one-stop shop for Canton residents.
Along with this, the Capital Retail Park is just a short walk and an even shorter drive from Canton, and features a wide variety of stores including an Asda superstore, a Costco, Marks & Spencer’s and GAME. There’s plenty on offer for Canton residents.
As it has one of Cardiff’s busiest thoroughfares running through it (the aforementioned Cowbridge Road East), Canton also benefits from several bus routes running regularly through it. The neighbourhood is also serviced by two railway stations, Waun-Gron Park to the west and Ninian Park to the south, which makes transport around Cardiff a breeze.
Canton also benefits from being close to the city centre, so you can easily walk into the hustle and bustle of Cardiff if you so wish.
Canton is an extremely popular neighbourhood, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a suburb that best suits young people and professionals as they help the artistic community thrive. It’s difficult to find a neighbourhood in Cardiff that feels more hip and up-and-coming. For more information about Cardiff neighbourhoods, see our area guides.
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