Creigiau's former industrial centre was a quarry, which opened in the 1870s and closed in 2001. The village was linked to Cardiff and Barry by a railway closed as part of the Beeching cuts, and the station was located on the eastern edge of the village and is now all but overgrown and ruined, a relic of a bygone age. In the mid-1970s, housing estates sprang up to accommodate commuters. A further large housing estate was build during the 80's to further accommodate the growing number of commuters wanting to live in the village. This estate is still locally known as "the new estate" or "lower Creigiau" and many still feel it is not part of the real village.
Local amenities include a bilingual primary school, which teaches through the medium of both Welsh and English, a golf club, a small Tesco Express shop - which is also the Post Office, a Recreation Ground managed by village residents (home of local archery, cricket, football, petanque and tennis clubs), a GP surgery, and local pub called 'The Creigiau Inn'.