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Places to Live in South Wales

  • March 03, 2021

Choosing and researching where you'd like to live, when relocating to any location in the UK, is a priority for all of our Doctors. This Blog aims to outline popular places to live in South Wales. 

Your choice of where you live may depend on which Acute Site you are based at.
 

Near to Prince Charles Hospital:

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Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil is the main town in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough. The town is administered by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and is about 23 miles north of Cardiff, Wales. The town is often known as Merthyr. Merthyr Town Centre offers a wide range of retailers, markets, cafes and restaurants and is easily accessible via foot, bicycle, public transport and car.  Merthyr is the perfect option if you’re looking to live somewhere in walking distance to Prince Charles Hospital.

Cwmbach
Just a 20-minute car journey away from Prince Charles Hospital, Cwmbach is a small village situated about five miles from Merthyr Tydfil and two miles from Aberdare and is in the Cynon Valley. The village is perfect for those looking for a more quiet and rural area to live.

Near to Royal Glamorgan Hospital:

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Llantrisant
Llantrisant is a town in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales. It is situated on a ridge between two steep hills overlooking the valley of the River Ely and the Vale of Glamorgan. Llantrisant is home to its own shopping park ‘Talbot Green’ – a convenient shopping destination with 14 top high street stores and 7 great food outlets.

Pontypridd
Just a 30-minute bus journey away from Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Pontypridd is a bustling and traditional market town with lots to offer. The University of Glamorgan is based in Pontypridd, in the picturesque Welsh valleys, just 12 miles north of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. The town is very well connected, and you can be in Cardiff Central Rail Station in just 30 minutes!


Rhondda Valleys
The Rhondda is made up of two valleys – the Rhondda Fawr and the Rhondda Fach – and includes the towns of Treorchy, Treherbert, Tylorstown, Penygraig, Maerdy, Tonypandy, Ferndale, and Porth (so you have a lot of choice!). On average the Valleys are around a 20-minute car journey to the Hospital.
 

Near to Princess of Wales Hospital:
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Bridgend
Situated in south Wales between the cities of Cardiff and Swansea, the county of Bridgend has rolling hills to the north and sweeps down to the coastline around the popular seaside town of Porthcawl. Bridgend town is the largest within the County Borough and has excellent Transport links to the rest of wales. A 10-minute drive and a 20-minute walk, Bridgend town is the perfect place to live for those wanting to be in walking distance of the Hospital site.
 

Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan, often referred to as The Vale, is a county borough in Wales, bordering Bridgend, Cardiff, and Rhondda Cynon Taf. The Vale includes the towns of Barry, Penarth, Dinas Powys and Llantwit Major. The mainly rural county includes Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Dyffryn Gardens, Ogmore Castle, Cosmeston Medieval Village, and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast (so you have a lot of choice!).
 

Nearby Cities:

Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest City, with an estimated population of 336,000. The City is full of innovative modern architecture alongside landmarks from the city’s past, rich in ancient History. Wales’ Capital city offers a startling range of unique Attractions, top quality Shopping and activities for everyone – all within walking distance. Cardiff is a compact, thriving city just 2 hours by train from London, with a vibrant and beautiful waterfront bay.

Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Cardiff to Cities in the UK:

City

Time it Takes to Travel

London

2 Hours

Bristol

58 Minutes

Manchester

3 Hours 30 Minutes

Newcastle

6 Hours

Birmingham

2 Hours

Liverpool

3 Hours 26 Minutes

Edinburgh

8 Hours 55 Minutes

Swansea

Swansea is a coastal City and County located in the South of Wales. The City itself is the second largest in Wales after Cardiff, with a population of around 245,000. Much of the coast is an area of outstanding beauty, attracting a significant number of tourists year-round.

Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Swansea to Cities in the UK:

City

Time it Takes to Travel

London

2 Hours 52 Minutes

Bristol

1 Hour 46 Minutes

Cardiff

53 Minutes

Manchester

4 Hours 37 Minutes

Newcastle

5 Hours 52 Minutes

Birmingham

3 Hours

Liverpool

4 Hours 22 Minutes

Edinburgh

12 Hours 27 Minutes

 
 

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