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Gwaelod-y-garth is located in Cardiff
Gwaelod-y-garth shown within Cardiff
OS grid reference ST214824
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARDIFF
Postcode district CF15
Dialling code 029
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
51°32′50″N 3°16′36″W / 51.5472°N 3.2766°W / 51.5472; -3.2766Coordinates: 51°32′50″N 3°16′36″W / 51.5472°N 3.2766°W / 51.5472; -3.2766

Gwaelod-y-garth (Welsh for Foot of the Garth) is a village in the parish of Pentyrch, Cardiff in Wales.


It is situated six miles north of Cardiff and seven miles from Pontypridd. Neighbours Pentyrch. The castle of Castell Coch is within reach of the village, by car or by foot.


In Elizabethan times, Gwaelod-y-Garth was noted for its iron-ore mines. The ironworks were opened between 1565 and 1625, and then re-opened in the 19th century by the Blackmoor Booker company. In the early 1990s, a campaign was held to save the works.


Amenities include a Royal Mail collection point, Garth Tyres yard and a police car park, from where South Wales Police Roads Unit is run. There is also a large playing field named Heol Berry. This is the location whereby local amateur football team Gwaelod Rangers play. At the top end of the village is the village pub, the Gwaelod Y Garth Inn. Situated in the village is Gwaelod-y-Garth Primary School , a school that educates through both the medium of Welsh and English. The students are separated into two sections of the school (English and Welsh). The village has a Welsh medium chapel.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Jane Davidson, Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government;
  • Harpist and composer Catrin Finch and her music and television producer husband Hywel Wigley;
  • Dr. Mary Gillham, one of the first women to visit Antarctica in 1959.
  • Local celebrity Callum Fergusson known for his short stint on the show 'Most attractive people in Britain Under 25'. He came third on the list. He also shortly held the position of Mayor of Gwaelod. He resigned after six months due to personal reasons.

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