Searching for a family-friendly place to live in south Wales? Nestled in the north of Cardiff, the superb suburb of Whitchurch could be the perfect option. If you aren’t familiar with the wonderful Whitchurch, we’ve compiled a list of six reasons why this close-knit community might be for you:
Dine with dishes from around the world at Sopra 73. A combination of Welsh, Italian and French flavours are served to local diners, as well as foodies who have ventured from afar. Pizzeria Villaggio has been making authentic Italian dishes for more than thirty years, while La Cucina da Mara specialises in wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. If tapas takes your fancy, Santiago’s provides the ultimate Latin dining experience. Mowgli’s cooks up healthy delicacies from India and Bangladesh, and The Brook Bistro is the ideal option for Sunday roasts and afternoon teas.
- Family days out
The Taff Trail is on your doorstep, with woodland walks into Cardiff city centre, the enchanting Castell Coch or all the way to Merthyr Tydfil. Forest Farm Nature Reserve, which is less than a mile from the high street , is home to all kinds of wildlife and has its own wooden playground. Whitchurch Common provides the perfect space for a picnic and a run around, while The Library Park often runs treasure hunts and other fun activities during the school holidays.
There are plenty of quaint cafes dotted about the village where you can enjoy a cake and coffee with the children. Parson’s Bakery serves nothing but homemade goodies and offers a continental-style al fresco dining experience. Go “Against the Grain” at this sustainable coffee house, dishing up gluten-free goodies and unique coffee bean blends. You can also grab a treat at Coffi Lab.
- Live music
Need something to do at the weekend? The Earl Haig Club boasts a variety of live music events and is potentially the best venue of its kind in north Cardiff – if not the whole city!
- Pubs and bars
Enjoy a sunny afternoon in the beer garden at the Fox & Hounds. Children and pooches are welcome, so you can bring the whole family. If you are looking for a traditional pub, The Plough and The Maltsters can be found along Merthyr Road. Glass of Bandol serves fine wines and cheeses, breads and charcuterie, while Fino Lounge is the perfect place to unwind in a warm, relaxing atmosphere.
- Sports venues
The tennis club keeps children busy with events during holidays, and there are membership deals for parents who want to get involved. Whitchurch Golf Club is one of the most renowned clubs in south Wales – perfect for those who like to putt. For those that don’t, you can still appreciate the surroundings with a leisurely stroll around the beautiful course.
With all this on offer and more, Whitchurch really is a first-class village for families.