The second most damaged cathedral in Britain during WWII (second to Coventry Cathedral).
Llandaff is known for its strong religious roots, due to its positioning along the River Taff, it was a place of strong Christian worship in the 6th Century AD. With the main focus in Llandaff the stunning cathedral, which makes it a ‘city within a city’, historically Llandaff is known as a city because of its status as the seat of the Bishop of LLandaff. There is evidence of a roman burial found beneath the cathedral resulting in a difficulty establishing when the cathedral was originally built. Llandaff has struggled with likely ruin, from attacks by Owain Glyndwr. Another historic monument, more unfortunate than that of the Cathedral was The Bishop’s Palace. Now in ruins, it lies south of the Cathedral, it was constructed around the 13th century and later abandoned following attacks from Owain Glwyndwr in the 1400’s. The gatehouse of the Palace survives and the courtyard is now a public garden. Famous Author Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff in 1916.
Seen as an up-market village location close to a fast developing city, many of the better off coal merchants used to reside in this area. Llandaff is home to a co-educational independent school, known as Cathedral School, for children between the ages of 3-16. Howell’s is also situated in Llandaff with an expanded co-educational sixth form college. There are two state Church schools; Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School and Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School. There is also The Welsh primary School Ysgol Pencae and state primary school Danescourt Primary. Llandaff is also home to the Cardiff Metropolitan University Llandaff Campus. The area has a local high street, with boutique shops, plenty of riverside walks and minutes away from the city centre by bike car or train. Top rated schools and other facilities make this one of the most sought after areas in Cardiff. Sunday Times named Llandaff “One of the Best Urban Places to live in the UK”.