:"There is also a Llanishen in Monmouthshire"Llanishen (Welsh Llanisien "llan" church + "Isien" Saint Isan) is a district of the city of Cardiff, Wales. Llanishen is well-known locally as the home of the 'Tax Offices', the tallest buildings in north Cardiff and a landmark for miles around. The office complex overlooks the 'Fishguard estate', Parc Ty Glas industrial estate, old village, leafy suburban roads and various parkland that constitute the district. Llanishen is also home to a fully featured Leisure Centre and the 60-acre Llanishen Reservoir - a local beauty spot that is connected to a green corridor which bisects the city from the rising hills in the north to Cardiff Bay in the south.


The Glider Field (next to what is now Llanishen Leisure Centre) was used for glider training during World War II.

Oliver Cromwell had ties with Llanishen and neighbouring village Lisvane (Llysfaen).

Commerce and Industry

Parc Ty Glas Industrial Estate

Parc Ty Glas is home to the offices of S4C (the national television station for Wales) and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. HM Revenue and Customs occupies a 16-storey tower block in a complex of HM Government officeshttp://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/wellscs/geog/Llan6.html] , employing more than 2,700 staff on site in late 2007 [ [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080114/text/80114w0019.htm House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 14 Jan 2008 (pt 0019) ] ] (mainly Revenue division — including an enquiry centre, or IREC). In 2003, a retail complex of six stores was built; the current occupants are Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Boots, Laura Ashley, HomeSense and Starbucks.

Royal Ordnance Factory

Southwest Llanishen hosted a World War II Royal Ordnance Factory, ROF Cardiff, which in 1987 became an Atomic Weapons Establishment. It closed down in February 1997 and has recently been the site of a major housing development.

Other offices

The Orchards complex, formerly the site of the National Coal Board's regional office, houses the offices of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales [ [http://www.hefcw.ac.uk/Contact_Us/directions.htm HEFCW - Map & Directions ] ] , the Welsh Assembly Government's Department for Rural Affairs [http://new.wales.gov.uk/about/departments/depc/epcstructure/RAofficemap/Llanishen_office/?lang=en] and the Welsh office of the Camelot Group, operators of the UK National Lottery. [ [http://lottery.merseyworld.com/Info/Camelot.html How To Contact Camelot ] ]


Llanishen Sailing Centre

Based at Llanishen Reservoir, Llanishen Sailing Centrecite web|title=Llanishen Sailing Centre|url=http://www.llanishensc.co.uk] is, along with Cardiff Bay, one of Wales' foremost Sailing Schools, and enjoys an international reputation.

Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs

The two non-functional reservoirs (the smaller Lisvane reservoir is adjoined to Llanishen Reservoir) have been used extensively for fly fishing in previous years, but are currently under threat from an American-lead commercial development for domestic housing. Fishing has been outlawed by the current owners, and a fence has been erected around Llanishen Reservoir (where the proposed houses would be built around a reduced lake). Locals are campaigning to make the area a registered village green.cite web|title=Llanishen RAG|url=http://www.llanishenrag.com] cite web|title=icWales Feature|url=http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/features/tm_objectid=17632301&method=full&siteid=50082-name_page.html] .

Llanishen Leisure Centre

Llanishen Leisure Centrecite web|title=Llanishen Leisure Centre|url=http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=2868%2C2967%2C3001%2C3707%2C3712&parent_directory_id=2865] is situated in Llanishen. It has a pool with a wave machine, Squash courts, multi-activity Sports Hall, an improved Gym & Fitness suite, a Snooker table and Lounge Bar & Pool side Cafeteria. It is built in a very similar layout to the Pentwyn leisure centre.

Llanishen Skate Park

In the large 'Glider Field' alongside the leisure centre, there is a public Skatepark. cite web|title=Llanishen Skate Park|url=http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?Parent_Directory_id=2865&nav=2868,2967,3772,3773,4839] Skate Park Facilities: 2 Quarter-pipes / Jump box / 2 flat banks / Driveway / Spine

Llanishen Rugby Club

The playing ground and large training ground of Llanishen RFC is off Usk Road, and has been used in the past by visiting international rugby union teams. The Club House is off Ty Glas Avenue nearby.cite web|title=Llanishen Rugby Club|url=http://www.llanishenrfc.co.uk/]

Public Houses in Llanishen

Llanishen has the following pubs ; The Church Inn, Ty Glas Road, Ty Glas, Wolf's Castle.


Local Primary schools:
* Cefn Onn
* Christ the King R.C. Primary School
* Coed Glascite web|title=Coed Glas Primary School|url=]
* Ysgol y Wern
* The Court Special School
Secondary schools:
* Llanishen High School


The district is served by two railway stations, Llanishen railway station (on the Cardiff Central to Rhymney Line) in the east and Ty Glas railway station (on the Cardiff Central to Coryton) in the west.

Cardiff Bus operates several bus routes through the area:
*28 from Station Road (Thornhill) or (Roath Park-Cathays-Central Stn)
*29 (Llanishen Village Circle) or (Roath Park-Roath-Central Stn)
*29B (Llanishen Village Circle via Ty Glas) or (Roath Park-Roath-Central Stn)
*52A (Llanishen Village Circle-Penylan-Roath-Central Stn)
*86 (Lisvane)

Llanishen can be approached from the south via Caerphilly Road and also, more centrally, via Fidlas Road at Rhydypenau crossroads (north of Roath Park).

Government and politics

Electoral ward

The electoral ward of Llanishen falls within the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff North. It covers some or all of the geographical areas of Llanishen, Birchgrove and Thornhill. It is bounded by the wards of Lisvane to the northwest; Cyncoed to the southwest; Heath to the south; and Rhiwbina to the west.


*Represented in the British House of Commons since 1997 by Julie Morgan, Member of Parliament (Labour, Cardiff North).
*Represented in the Welsh Assembly since 2007 by Jonathan Morgan, AM (Conservative, Cardiff North)
* Represented on Cardiff Council since 2004 by Jonathan Burns, Craig Piper, Richard Foley and Robert Smith; all of the Welsh Conservative Party

Famous people from Llanishen

The film director Richard Marquand (Jagged Edge, ) was born in Llanishen. His father was Labour MP Hilary Marquand.cite web|title=Richard Marquand biography|url=http://cinema.aliceadsl.fr/personnalite/default.aspx?personnaliteid=PI010074]


External links

* [http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=2868%2C2967%2C3001%2C3707%2C3712&parent_directory_id=2865/ Llanishen Leisure Centre]
* [http://www.llanishenrag.com/ Llanishen Reservoir Action Group]
* [http://www.llanishenrfc.co.uk/ Llanishen Rugby Club]
* [http://www.llanishensc.co.uk/ Llanishen Sailing Centre]
* [http://www.llanishenbaptist.org.uk/ Llanishen Baptist Church]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2774301 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Llanishen and surrounding area]

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