Have you been thinking about moving to Cardiff? You wouldn’t be alone; in fact, thousands of people move to Cardiff every year and it’s not hard to see why – although we might be a bit biased!
Read through our guide to Cardiff below, if you need more convincing! Bear in mind that currently due to Covid-19, Cardiff is still subject to certain restrictions, our moving to Cardiff guide below is written as under normal circumstances.
Thinking about relocating to Cardiff?
If you’re looking for a bustling city which is also close to the coast with plenty of nature to get lost in, then you’ll fall in love with Cardiff. Did you know that the 2016 European Union survey ranked Cardiff as Europe’s third best capital city to live in? The survey focused on quality of life and the levels of satisfaction with various different aspects of living in a city, from employment opportunities to public spaces and house prices; Cardiff shone as a perfect all-rounder.
Known for its busy city centre that is small enough for most journeys to be walkable; Cardiff (usually) has a thriving nightlife as well as a plethora of arts and creative events popping up across the whole city, not only in the city centre. Cardiff is renowned for its community spirit, OnePoll conducted a poll of people living in Cardiff and over 60% said they were proud or very proud of living in Cardiff.
With the average cost of a flat sitting just below £155,000 and a house costing between £230,000 – £275,000, it’s easy to see why this affordable capital city is appealing to young families and those looking to benefit from the perks of a busy city with a wealth of greenery.
Where in Cardiff Should I Live?
If you’re wondering which part of Cardiff to move to, each area has a different sparkle to draw you in! One of the most recently developed areas is the Cardiff Bay area, which has been rejuvenated with a number of modern apartments built.
However, if you prefer a more traditional style of house, then Pontcanna or Llandaff might appeal to you with their tree-lined streets and stunning Victorian rows of terraced houses. Plus, schools in Roath, Cyncoed and Lakeside are excellent and will appeal to young families.
Shopping in Cardiff
With two main shopping districts: Queen Street and St Mary Street, Cardiff caters for everyone. St Mary Street offers a traditional shopping style with a boulevard of shop fronts along the street that runs from Central Station up to Cardiff Castle. Whereas on Queen Street where you’ll find all of the popular high street names. However, you’ll also find numerous Victorian arcades leading you to a wealth of smaller independent shops and coffee shops.
Eating out in Cardiff
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, you’ll find Mill Lane or ‘Cafe Corner’ perfect with a huge range of choice from local to international cuisine. You’ll also find a number of places to eat in Roath, Crwys, Canton and Cathays. Cardiff’s nightlife is lively with a fantastic range of bars around the Brewery Quarter, St Mary Street, Mill Lane and the theatre district. Plus, there’s always sure to be a bustling bar or pub around the corner from you!
There is plenty of culture to experience in Cardiff, for example at the heart of the city centre you’ll find the historic Cardiff Castle! The Bute family lived in the charming castle for over 300 years until the late 1940’s when the 4th Marquess died. The castle was then sold to the City of Cardiff, along with much of the surrounding green spaces and is today known as Bute Park. In addition, the National Museum & Art Gallery is considered one of the finest museums in the UK, housing a large Impressionist collection; plus, all museums and galleries in Wales have free entry!
Cardiff Bay is stunning and located a mere mile outside of the city centre. You’ll find Cardiff Bay is divided largely into two areas: in one area you’ll find the Millennium Centre, which is a modern copper-plated building and is central to the Bay’s art scene as well as home to the Welsh National Opera. Also, in this area you’ll find the Welsh Assembly Senedd building and also the Red Dragon Centre which boasts a large cinema and a number of restaurants and bars. Moving towards the waterfront is Mermaid Quay, which has an active nightlife and is full of busy bars and restaurants!
Although Cardiff is officially the UK’s wettest city with an average of 1152mm of rainfall annually, it can seem like it’s always raining. However, this isn’t stopping thousands of people from moving to Cardiff every year, and it shouldn’t stop you either.
In addition to there being a thousand amazing things to see and do in Cardiff, it’s also perfectly located to reach and explore the beauty of the Vale of Glamorgan. In fact, if you like to explore rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and stunning scenery by foot, then our sister company, Masons Self Storage, has put together a fantastic guide to the best walking routes in the Vale! Cardiff is also within easy reach of the stunning vistas that South, North and West Wales has to offer.
If you’re looking for a Cardiff removals company or organising a home move in Cardiff, here at Masons Moving Group, we have a team of expert movers!
To find out more, or to get your personalised removal quote; call our friendly team on 0800 141 3688 or drop us an email: [email protected] for your free quote!