Whitchurch Area Guide
Whitchurch is quite the place. With its fantastic high street, green spaces and community feel, it’s easy to see why so many people want to live here.
Brilliantly situated for easy access to the M4, you are only 10 min walk away from a train station in most directions – Coryton, Whitchurch and Llandaf with the added bonus of its park and ride. Each is serviced by regular train links to Cardiff, the Valleys and beyond. Regular buses pass through both Whitchurch village and nearby Manor Way and so getting into Cardiff couldn’t be easier. We are also lucky to boast three Next Bike stations throughout Whitchurch and are a few minutes cycle from the Taff trail so unfortunately, getting to work has never been so easy!
The great schools in the area are one reason that Whitchurch attracts so many families. At the primary school level, there is a Welsh-medium school, Melin Gruffydd with its two-form entry, whilst Eglwys Newydd is English medium and has three-form-entry intake. At secondary pupils can move on to many of Cardiff’s schools based on standard entry criteria (link to council website)? with the closest being Whitchurch High (English medium) and Glantaf (Welsh medium). Pupils also commute to Llandaf’s nearby faith schools and Cathays High.
Both Glantaf and Whitchurch High have sixth forms and Whitchurch is also perfectly situated for Cardiff and Vale College via train to Cardiff Central, and Coleg Y Cymoedd, a short journey on the northbound A470 via one of the many bus routes through the village. For those looking to continue their education beyond A-Levels, The University of South Wales has two campuses on the Llandaf train line, one 14 minutes away in Treforest and the other 7 minutes away at Cardiff Queen Street Station. Cardiff University is a matter of 4 minutes away on the same train line so don’t put off that basket weaving degree any longer!
For those at the other end of the family spectrum, there is a wide choice of childcare provision. Acorns Nursery, Little Cherubs and the Welsh Langauge nursery, Si-Lwli are all based in the village. A nursery runs out of the Community Centre on Ty’n-Y-Pwll Road and Cylch Meithryn provide Welsh-language nursery sessions from the age of 2.
Food & Drink
Food & Drink
There is a range of cafes, bars and restaurants in Whitchurch making it a popular choice for residents and visitors alike. Whether you’re after coffee and cake in the vegan café or popular chain, Coffee #1, or prefer to line your stomach with a not-so-greasy-greasy spoon made by Peter at Coopers Café before jumping on a bus to town on a match day, Whitchurch has plenty to offer. The high quality take away have all cuisines you would expect from a city suburb and you can’t go wrong with a Chinese from the New Empire or an Indian from one of three different restaurants.
For a sandwich, the church-run Roundabout café is open six days a week and has plenty of room for prams, ideal after a play at Library park and when the adults are thirsty there’s the village pub crawl taking in six establishments along the way (hic!).
What will I Spend my Money On?
If you like small independents, Whitchurch is for you! Where to start…well, there’s an eco-friendly shop – Iechyd Da where you can buy your goods in reusable containers, a fruit shop, three independent butchers including the award-winning Martin Player, Eleni’s for gifts and trinkets, a deli, beauty salons and enough hairdresser to go to a different one each day of the week!
The village atmosphere is what attracts people to Whitchurch and it’s the community that keeps them here. From the annual Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Festival through to the Reindeer Run and Christmas Lights switch on, it won’t take you long to settle in and get a “Hello” from a not so strange stranger as you wander down this friendly high street!
Birchgrove is ideally situated to share and enjoy the amenities of its surrounding villages – without sharing their price tag!
With its greatly proportioned, character-filled houses, it’s easy to see why so many people want to live in “the” Heath – one of Cardiff’s most leafy areas.
There aren’t many places that can boast a 4-minute train into a capital city, access to a 55 mile walk and cycle route and a set of community allotments all in the same postcode but Llandaff North can!