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Roath and Lakeside

Roath is beyond Cathays and borders the stunning Roath Park in the north.


The area is bound roughly by City Road on the west, Newport Road in the south and Roath Park in the north. Though quite a large area, a lot of Roath is fairly close to the main University campus.

Key features

  • Popular student area, particularly among third-year undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Close proximity to Roath Park (which boasts various sporting facilities in addition to a lake, flower garden, wild wood and playing field)
  • Close to local shops
  • Quiet residential area
  • A variety of accommodation options


While popular with students, Roath tends to house more third-years and postgraduates and boasts a quieter, more residential atmosphere.


Roath is well-supplied with shops, supermarkets and coffee houses. The park is beautifully kept, with a large boating lake surrounded by a path for walking or running, as well as tennis courts and a rugby field.

Notable streets

  • Albany Road is particularly good for shops – clothes, food and other items, along with lots of charity shops
  • Crwys Road boasts a range of cafes, restaurants and take-aways, as well as a Co-op
  • City Road is a cosmopolitan haven, with food, fabrics and internet cafes jostling for space


For local pubs, try The George on the corner of Albany and Crwys Road, or The Albany on Dalcross Street or for a more bistro wine bar experience visit the Pear Tree or Juno Lounge on Wellfield Road. Further down City Road is A Shot in the Dark and finally, The Globe on Albany Road is a great little live venue for a local night on the tiles.

Nearest stations

  • Cardiff Queen Street: 0.9 miles
  • Cathays: 1 mile
  • Cardiff Central: 1.4 miles

Walking times

  • City Centre: 20-25 mins
  • Graduate Centre: 15-20 mins

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