Cathays (electoral ward)

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Cathays ward
Electoral ward
Cardiff ward location - Cathays.png
Location of the Cathays ward
within Cardiff
Population20,021 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceST181780
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARDIFF
Postcode districtCF24
Dialling code+44-29
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places

The Cathays (/kəˈtz/ kə-TAYZ)[2] electoral ward of Cardiff covers the Cathays and Castle communities and includes some or all of the following areas: Blackweir, Cardiff city centre, Cathays Park and Maindy in the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff Central. It is bounded by Gabalfa and Birchgrove to the north; Plasnewydd and Adamsdown to the east; Butetown to the south; and Riverside to the west. The River Taff forms its western boundary to where it meets the South Wales Main Line, the South Wales Main Line forms the southern boundary to where it meets the Valley Lines northbound branch, this railway line then forms the eastern boundary as far as the A48 road. The Northern boundary follows the A48 as far as Allensbank Road where it follows this road south then turns north again along Whitchurch Road. It turns west along Crown Way, then south along the A470 until North Road where it bears west, passing just south of the student halls, until it meets the River Taff. The tallest building in Wales is here and is also part of the Cardiff's CBD.

The ward contains a large number of Cardiff's landmarks including:

The ward has traditionally had one of the highest percentages of student residents. In 2011 70% of adults in the ward (between 16 and 74) were students.[3]

Local elections[edit]

The Cathays ward elects four city councillors to Cardiff City Council. At the May 2017 elections all four seats were won by the Labour Party.[4]


  1. ^ 2011 Census Key Statistics - Cathays, Ask Cardiff.
  2. ^ G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (London: Oxford University Press, 1971), p. 27.
  3. ^ Chris Wood (2 January 2017). "Cardiff students search for better digs beyond Cathays". BBC News. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Election results for Cathays - Cardiff Council Elections 2017 - Thursday, 4th May, 2017". Cardiff Council. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

Coordinates: 51°29′42″N 3°10′52″W / 51.49499°N 3.18115°W / 51.49499; -3.18115