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.
Serviced by the Coryton line, Heath has two train stations, Heath High Level, and Heath Low Level. Regular buses pass through the area into Cardiff and Caerphilly and a Next Bike station means you have no excuses for not getting into work! The M4 is a short drive away but with such great public transport links, increasing numbers of people take the bus, a great way to reduce the carbon footprint and enjoy a quick chapter of a favourite book or trending podcast! There is also a Next Bike station and you’ll often see the local medical community commuting on their bicycles to the University of Wales Hospital and beyond.
Families in the Heath can choose from a few primary schools depending on their position within the catchment. Allensbank Primary, St Joseph’s RC, and the Welsh Medium Ysgol Mynydd Bychan are all within the boundary in recent years, and some Heath residents have also secured places just over the boundaries at Birchgrove Primary and Ton-Yr-Ywen in Llanishen.
At secondary pupils can move on to many of Cardiff’s schools based on standard entry criteria (link to council website?) and traditionally, Cathays High School has been within the catchment boundary for those living in the Heath. However, it is ideally situated for many other North Cardiff Secondary Schools including Whitchurch High, Llanishen High. St Teilo’s Church of Wales and Ysgol Bro Edern Welsh Secondary.
Most of the North Cardiff Secondary schools have sixth forms and with its strong transport links, the Heath 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 on nearby Manor Way. For those looking to continue their education beyond A-Levels, The University of South Wales has two campuses from Cardiff Central station and Cardiff University is a matter of 9 minutes away on the same train line so don’t put off that postgraduate degree any longer!
For those at the other end of the family spectrum, there is a wide choice of childcare provision. Sweet Pea daycare and Blossom Tree Nursery are very close by and the Welsh Language nursery, Si-Lwli is based a short drive away in Whitchurch as is Cylch Meithryn in Rhiwbina, providing Welsh-language nursery sessions from the age of 2. Daisy Day in Llanishen also provides wrap-around care for some local Primary schools such as Birchgrove Primary.
Food and Drink
Primarily a residential area, residents of the Heath can enjoy a stroll to nearby Whitchurch Road for a change of scene. Whitchurch, Rhiwbina, Birchgrove and Llanishen are all nearby, however, it’s Whitchurch Road that offers a really eclectic mix of food and drink. There is a range of cafes and bars in what continues to be an up-and-coming trendy area. Whether you’re after coffee and cake in Welsh café, Bodlon or a luxury cake at TV’s Cocorico Patissiere, there’s plenty of indulgent treats to choose from on Whitchurch Road.
As well as an abundance of cafes and quick-bite establishments, locals can enjoy an array of cuisine from across the globe, from Greek to Indian, Chinese to Mexican before quenching their thirst in anything from a traditional pub through to a trendy new wine bar.
What will I spend my money on?
If you like a quiet residential area with great links to a bit more life when you’re in the mood, you won’t go far wrong here. Whether it’s hoping on a train for a day’s shopping in Cardiff or whiling the hours away with the children and pets at Heath Park. Save your money for a well-earned cuppa or pint in one of the many adjacent villages after a stroll or bank it for an evening tickling the tastebuds on Whitchurch Road.
The generous proportions of most housing in the Heath means that there is ample space for young professionals to share their space, or for growing families to settle. There’s a real mix of people making up the community and given the proximity to Cardiff’s main hospital a good dose of those with a medical background. With such a diverse community, you won’t go far wrong if you need to borrow a cup of sugar from a neighbour – or a plaster!
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