Area Guide » About Rhiwbina
Rhiwbina is a prosperous northern suburb of Cardiff, the Capital City of Wales. Although Rhiwbina is no longer officially a village, it does still feel like a typical Welsh village, with landmark such as the Beulah United Reformed Church on the village crossroads and the traditional style properties around the area.
Rhiwbina is centred on the Garden Village with delightful Grade II listed properties built around the park and dating to around the turn of the 20th Century.
The Village is a popular meeting point with shops, a gallery, a deli, flower shop, and restaurants.
Rhiwbina is bordered by the suburbs of Whitchurch to the west, Llanishen to the east, and Birchgrove to the south. To the north is the Wenallt, part of Cardiff's green belt. The area is served by Rhiwbina railway station on the Coryton Line. Rhiwbina train station offers a 15 minute commute into the City Centre and has excellent links to Bristol and London.
Rhiwbina has two primary schools - Rhiwbeina Primary, and Llanishen Fach Primary. The Welsh medium primary school – Ysgol-y-Wern is nearby in Llanishen. The area is well served by Whitchurch High School, and the Welsh Medium Ysgol Gyfun Glantâf. The area has large number of churches and chapels including All Saints, St. Thomas Church in Wales, Beulah, Bethesda, Rhiwbina Baptist Church, Bethany, Bethel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons.
Rhiwbina has an interesting history - there is a Norman motte called the Twmpath situated near Rhiwbina's northernmost edge. To the north of Rhiwbina lies the steep, wooded Wenallt (a delightful conservation area) where Coed-y-Wenallt provides wonderful walks and bridle paths.
Toward the end of the 11th century, the last native Welsh Prince of Morgannwg (Glamorgan), Iestyn ap Gwrgant, was killed in a battle north of Rhiwbina, reportedly near the Butchers Arms Pub. Much blood was shed at the battle, and to this day the nearby stream is called Rhyd Waedlyd or ‘Bloody Ford’.
To the north of Rhiwbina is a parade of shops on Heol Llanishen Fach. These were built in the 1950s to serve the vast amounts of new houses built in the north of the village. Though there are fewer shops here than in the village, they have traded far longer than most shops in the village, and shop closures are very rare. In the north of Rhiwbina there is also the Deri Stores, a family run shop on the corner of Wenallt Road and Rhiwbina Hill. This used to be a cafe in the 1940s.
Rhiwbina has 2 popular pubs – the Deri at the north side of the village and the Butchers Arms at the south side. The popular Juboraj restaurant is always busy, and Snails on Beulah Road serves up organic and home-cooked produce.
Rhiwbina Living is Rhiwbina’s own quarterly magazine and is very popular within the area.
Heol-y-Deri is the main road in Rhiwbina and is situated between the A470 (Cardiff City Centre to M4 J32) and A469 (Cardiff city centre to Caerphilly).
The Rhiwbina railway station runs to Cardiff Central on the Coryton Line with services through to West Cardiff to Radyr.
Cardiff Bus services 21 (Coryton-Whitchurch) and 23 (Birchgrove-Gabalfa-Cathays-Central Station) frequently run through the area.