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Cardiff Area Guide: Penylan

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Penylan is a quiet suburb in eastern Cardiff. The neighbourhood is directly east of Roath and north of Adamsdown and Splott., and is well known for its Edwardian era houses, and spacious tree-lined avenues and streets.

This district, much like Heath, is residential and is ideal for people looking to live close to the city centre but in a quieter, more relaxed neighbourhood.


Penylan (English: High Church) is one of Cardiff’s more affluent suburbs, although it is the Victorian houses at the south of the neighbourhood are increasingly being subdivided to house more people, similar to what happened in Plasnewydd. This change demonstrates that the popularity of Penylan as a residential area is growing, like most areas across the Welsh capital!

Things to do

Penylan is one of the most attractive areas in Cardiff, and is sure to suit those who enjoy walking. Not only are you right next door to the incredible Roath Park, but by walking up Penylan Hill, you’ll be able to get a gorgeous view of Cardiff and its surrounding areas - it’s something that’s not to be missed!

You can also treat yourself to tea at the Waterloo Gardens Teahouse; if you’re a person who loves the beauty of nature, then Penylan is definitely the neighbourhood for you!

Where to shop

While there isn’t really a dedicated shopping area in Penylan, you will only be a short journey from the CityLink retail park which has a variety of stores including Argos, Dunelm Mill, Lidl and Sainsbury’s, so you’ll be able to stock up on whatever you need.

Cardiff city centre is also easily accessible from Penylan, so it’s never a hassle to do some shopping in the variety of shopping centres, arcades and retail streets that the Welsh capital has to offer.

Transport links

Two happy Penylan residents, image courtesy of Gordon Plant via FlickrWhile there are no train stations in Penylan – the closest being the rail stations in Cathays and Cardiff Queen Street – the area is still well supported by bus routes throughout the city. Like with other popular areas of Cardiff such as Roath and Heath, what Penylan loses by not having a rail station is more than made up for by a regular bus service throughout the city.

The area is also based around the A48, with it running through the centre of the suburb, which means that it’s a great place to live for those who work outside the city and have to drive to work.

Cycling is also a viable option for people who work in the city centre or Cardiff Bay, but people who regularly walk to work may struggle if they don’t work in Penylan itself or in one of the neighbouring areas, such as Roath.

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