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 Llandaf North can!
Brilliantly situated for easy access to the M4 via Whitchurch Llandaf North’s biggest transport asset is its train station. Llandaf station is serviced by regular train links to Cardiff, the Valleys and beyond. Regular buses pass through the village too so getting into Cardiff couldn’t be easier. We are also lucky to boast Next Bike stations in the village and nearby Whitchurch and are a few minutes cycle from the Taff trail through picturesque Hailey Park, so, unfortunately, getting to work has never been so easy!
Llandaf North has long been served by Hawthorn Primary as its closest school and the schools in the area are one reason that Llandaf North is so attractive to families. Other primary schools that are attended by some young residents are Gabalfa Primary and Eglwys Newydd which is another English medium school with a three-form entry intake. Those wishing to take advantage of Welsh education attend either Melin Gruffydd with its two-form entry or the newly opened Glan Ceubal. Llandaf North is also home to Cardiff Steiner School.
At secondary pupils can move on to many of Cardiff’s schools based on standard entry criteria 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 Llandaf North 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 is nearby along with Toad Hall Montessori creche, and the Welsh Language nursery, Miri Mawr are all based in the local vicinity.
Food and Drink
With some well-established cafes, three traditional pubs and a handful of eateries, Llandaf North is small, but perfectly formed. You can pick yourself up some freshly baked bread at My Loaf and a coffee from Rex on the way back from a bracing walk along the Taff Trail, or pop into The Railway for some traditional pub grub. Recently, Llandaf North’s Indian Restaurant, Sakarra was voted the best restaurant in Cardiff https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/salkaara-cardiff-restaurants-llandaff-north-16305420 and it continues to go from strength to strength. If the mood takes you, why not hop on a train to Cardiff to continue the night into the early hours, and treat yourself to breakfast at Beppy’s Café the following morning to recover!
What will I spend my money on?
If you fancy a change of scene from Llandaf North’s small and friendly high street then both Whitchurch and Llandaf are just a short walk away. Whitchurch boasts a fruit shop, three independent butchers including the award-winning Martin Player, a clothes shop enough hairdressers to go to a different one each day of the week! In the opposite direction, historical Llandaff has cafes, a gift shop and some lovely family-run restaurants along the Taff Trail – a great excuse to get out in the fresh air and stop for a coffee before meandering home.
There is a strong sense of community in Llandaf North. Christmas lights and Summer festivals are organised and run by local villagers, proud to be part of their local area. Living in Llandaf North not only provides you with great transport links to the rest of Cardiff and beyond but also provides an opportunity to be part of local life.
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