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Situated to both the north and south of the A48 dual carriageway, it is one of the most affluent districts of Cardiff, although subdivision of the large Victorian period properties is starting to occur in the areas at the south end of the ward, mimicking the trend in neighbouring Plasnewydd.
Penylan has a number of large parks, including the southern part of Roath Park, and is one of the greenest areas in Cardiff. It is also known for its very strong sense of community, largely due to the parks, road layouts, churches, and local post offices and newsagents. It is served by Penylan Library.
The electoral ward of Penylan falls within the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff Central. It is bounded by the wards of Cyncoed to the northwest; Pentwyn to the north; Llanrumney to the northeast; Rumney to the east; Splott to the southeast; Adamsdown to the south; and Plasnewydd to the southwest.
A proposal to amend the ward boundaries for the creation of a new ward 'Ty Gwyn' north of the A48 will not be carried forward.
- Waterloo Gardens Shops [Sands Hairdressers, Lifestyle Stores, Post Office, Waterloo Gardens Tea House]
- Numerous parks
- Penylan Library
- Roath Church House and Scout Hall
- St Andrew's United Reformed Church
- St Margaret's Parish Church
- Marlborough Primary School
- Penylan Quarry
- Melrose Apartments
- "History". Cardiff United Synagogue. Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
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