Taff's Well

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Taff's Well
Welsh: Ffynnon Taf
Cardiff train departs from Taff's Well - geograph.org.uk - 371339.jpg
Taff's Well Railway Station
Taff's Well is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Taff's Well
Taff's Well
 Taff's Well shown within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population 3,672 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST122835
Principal area Rhondda Cynon Taf
Ceremonial county Mid Glamorgan
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 Pontypridd
Welsh Assembly Pontypridd
List of places
Rhondda Cynon Taf

Coordinates: 51°32′43″N 3°16′13″W / 51.545355°N 3.270246°W / 51.545355; -3.270246

Taffs Well (Welsh: Ffynnon Taf) is a semi-rural village and community located 6 miles (9.7 km) to the North of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Known locally as the 'Gates to the Valleys', it is located at the South Easterly tip of of Rhondda Cynon Taf. It is separated friom Gwaelod Y Garth by the River Taff and is less than on mile fom . Taff's Well is distinguished because it contains the only thermal spring in Wales that runs on the same fault-line as Bath Spa. It is regarded as a spiritual site by various religious groups.

The Garth Mountain overlooks the village and was the inspiration for the fictional "Ffynnon Garw", featured in the book, and film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.


The name "Taff's Well" is derived from the situation of the village alongside the River Taff.

It is the site of the Taff's Well Thermal Spring (of 18.9 degrees C, 66 degrees F), a well that has been used since Roman times. Known as Wales' only natural thermal spa, it is situated on the same fault line as Bath Spa.


Taffs Well is situated just off Junction 32 of the M4 Motorway and at the Southern end of the A470.

Though administratively represented by Rhondda Cynon Taff Council, Taffs Well is a commuter town for the City of Cardiff where many of its residents work.


19th Century[edit]

Taff's Well was a logistical railway junction during thew first industrial revolution where Cardiff was the larger global exporter of coal.

Taff's Well is a growing community which includes numerous districts: Glan-Y-Llyn, Rhiw Ddar and Glan Y-Frrodd; Ty-Rhiw; the old village centre that consists of Alfred's terrace, Anchor Street, Church Street, Garth Street, Yew Terrace and Ty Rhiw through which the Taff Trail runs. Taff's Well is next to Castell Coch, which overlooks Cardiff.

20th Century[edit]

It is said[according to whom?] that David Jason spend much time in Taff's Well and based the situation comedy Open All Hours upon Arthur's shop[citation needed] (which is one of the buildings to have been dismantled and sent to the St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life.

21st Century[edit]

Taffs Well is the original location of the story that inspired the film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, by Ivor Monger and Christopher Monger.

Taffs Well has featured in the BBC Wales sitcom Stella Starring Ruth Jones. The post office in Nantgarw is the main filming location for the sitcom, although it is just outside of the village.

Local politics[edit]

RCT Council Representative for Taffs Well[edit]

Jill Bonetto represents the village on the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.[2] Taff's Well and Nantgarw are also epresented locally by the Taff’s Well & Nantgarw Community Council, which has 10 members. The Council hit the headlines in 2010 when it was criticised by the Wales Audit Office for breaching financial and corporate governance regulations with its financial records.[3]

Taffs Well Community Council[edit]

Taffs Well Community Council represents the community of Taffs Well.


Taff's Well A.F.C. are the local football team.

Taff's Well RFC are the local Rugby union team.Empolyment


Taffs Well railway station, which opened in 1863,[4] is situated on the Rhondda and Merthyr Lines. Services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales northbound to Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil via Pontypridd and southbound to Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central. The average journey time to Cardiff Central is 20 minutes at a frequency of 6 trains per hour.[5]

Stagecoach bus service 132 between Maerdy and Cardiff central bus station stops in the village every 15 minutes at peak times.[6]

The A470 road runs through the village between Cardiff Bay (9 miles (14 km) south) and Llandudno (179 miles (288 km) north). Taff's Well is situated 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Junction 32 (Cardiff North) of the M4 motorway.

There are plans to integrate Taff's Well into the Cardiff City Metro System.[citation needed]


The village has a number of churches, including Taffs Well United Church whose ministers are Helen and Andy Fyall.


Taffs Well has a park and variety of shops. It has the volunteer-staffed Taffs Well Library Hub which is also linked to the Nantgarw Library Hub. Together these are run by the Taffs Well and Nantgarw Community Development Association and Taff's Well Community Council. Taff's Well also has a Community Garden and Allotment Association.

Taffs Well Music Studio has become a centre for the North Cardiff Music Scene.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

See Category:People from Taff's Well


  1. ^ "community population 2011". Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council". The Welsh Political Almanac. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Worst run council in Wales'". Pontypridd and Llantrisant Observer. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 1. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-249-1. 
  5. ^ Arriva Trains Wales Timetable: Valleys and Cardiff local routes
  6. ^ Stagecoach service 132 timetable

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