Riverside, Cardiff

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Coordinates: 51°28′44″N 3°11′20″W / 51.479°N 3.189°W / 51.479; -3.189

Riverside electoral ward of Cardiff

Riverside (Welsh: Glan yr Afon) is an inner-city area and community of Cardiff, Wales, next to the River Taff. Riverside is also the name of the electoral ward, which includes the district of Pontcanna, to the north.

Public art on Fitzhamon Embankment
Riverside Real Food Market


Riverside consists mainly of terraced houses and is a focus for much of the city's ethnic minority population, with sizeable communities of Bangladeshi, Sikh and Chinese heritage, particularly around Tudor Street.

Riverside has a number of Chinese, Halal, Indian, and West Indian shops selling a wide range of foods. Riverside has become the focus for Cardiff's rapidly expanding budget accommodation sector, with three backpacking hostels in close proximity.

In addition to the two public gardens in Riverside, Despenser Gardens and Clare Gardens, Riverside residents use Sophia Gardens immediately to the north. Sophia Gardens was once in Riverside, and was the first home ground of Cardiff City F.C., who in their early years were Riverside A.F.C.

Welsh language[edit]

The 2011 census recorded that 1,475 people in Riverside could speak Welsh (13.7% of the population over three years old), a small rise on the 2001 census.[1]

The former HTV television studios in nearby Pontcanna, which produced Welsh language programmes, was a boost to the language locally.


The Riverside electoral ward is in the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff West. It is bounded by the wards of Gabalfa to the north; Cathays to the east; Grangetown to the south; and Canton and Llandaff to the west.

Until 2016 the Riverside local government community included Pontcanna to the north, these districts now have separate community status.[2][3]

Local Organisations[edit]

The Cardiff & District Branch of The Samaritans is situated on the Riverside end of Cowbridge Road East.[4]

Riverside Real Food Market began as a Christmas Market in 1998 in a nearby park.[5] The market moved to the wide pavement of Fitzhamon Embankment beside the River Taff, and has stalls from up to thirty retailers every Sunday.[5]

Famous people[edit]


  1. ^ Welsh Language Commissioner: 2011 census: results by community; gwelwyd 24 Ionawr 2015.
  2. ^ Ruth Mosalski (23 March 2015) "No longer will housebuyers be able to mock estate agents... Pontcanna is set to be one of four city 'areas' given official status", Wales Online. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. ^ The City and County of Cardiff (Communities) Order – 2016 No. 1155 (W. 277) (PDF). Welsh Statutory Instruments. 2016. 
  4. ^ Samaritans.org The Cardiff and District Branch of The Samaritans (Retrieved 2011-09-25)
  5. ^ a b Alison Young, "Cardiff’s Riverside Market", South Wales Echo, 8 January 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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