Roath (Welsh: "Y Rhath") is a central district of the city of Cardiff, Wales.

It lies to the north east of the city centre, stretching from Adamsdown in the south to Roath Park in the north. Roath contains the Plasnewydd electoral ward. The name is believed to originate from Irish "ráth", 'fort'. or could possibly contain elements of the name ratostabius which was the name given to the roman settlement in cardiff

Its main shopping streets are Albany Road, City Road, and Wellfield Road. It is characterised by its rural feel and beautiful tree-lined Victorian era terraced streets. Roath houses a very diverse population including a large number of students, being very close to the main university campuses, a large enthnic minority population and many young professionals. Parts of Roath are among the most affluent districts of Cardiff, although subdivision of the large Victorian properties is starting to occur in the areas at the south end of the ward.

Its close proximity to the city centre and large number of local amenities makes it known for its very strong sense of community, encouraged largely due to the parks, road layouts, churches, and local post offices and newsagents, therefore Roath a very popular area to live. There are a number of restaurants and public houses, a variety of shops, an outdoor tennis centre and the famous Roath Park making it one of the greenest areas in Cardiff.

Roath contains the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, built in 1870 on the site of an earlier Norman chapel and the new Gothic revival church. Designed by Llandaff architect John Prichard on a Greek Cross plan, the latter was financed totally by the third Marquess of Bute, in spite of his conversion to Catholicism in 1868. Inside is an opulent mausoleum housing tombs of nine members of the Bute family, including the First Marquess and his wives. The tower of St Margaret's was finally completed in 1926.

Roath court, a Georgian era manor house, is also found near Saint Margaret's Church.


*St Margaret's Parish Church
* [ Monumental Inscriptions for St. Margarets]
*Roath Church House and Scout Hall
*Mackintosh Sports Institute (formerly Plasnewydd)
* [ The Gate] , arts centre
*James Summers Funeral Home, Roath Court
*Shah Jalal Mosque, Crwys Road (formerly Capel Crwys)
*Trinity Methodist Church
* [ St. Martin's Church, Albany Road]
*Marlborough Road Primary School
*Hodges' Residence and the Dewmisters Crib
* [ St. Edward's Church, Blenheim Road]
*Waterloo Gardens
*Roath Park
*Cardiff University, Engineering Building

External links

* [ : photos of Roath and surrounding area]

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