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Fairwater (Welsh: Tyllgoed) is a village and district in north-west Cardiff. It is located a few miles from Culverhouse Cross which connects Cardiff to the M4 motorway.

The name Tyllgoed, meaning "dark wood" goes back to the 15th C. This leafy district is divided between the mainly privately owned 1930s semi-detached developments at the southern end, and more 1950s public housing stock towards the northern end closer to neighbouring Pentrebane. But most of it is housing estate at the moment. It is the site of the Dell, Fairwater leisure centre, a skate park and numerous playing fields.

Cantonian High School is a large secondary school whose Head Teacher is currently Mrs LA Spargo. Fairwater is also the home to the Welsh medium school Ysgol Gymraeg Plasmawr which means "big place" it is a smaller secondary School than that of Cantonian. The School's current headmaster is Mr Geraint Rees and the roll at Ysgol Gymraeg Plasmawr is currently 800 pupils compared to Cantonian's which is around 1,300. It is on the grounds of old Cantonian lower school, but in recent times has had many new developments built on the site. Peter Lea primary and Fairwater Primary are in the area. Cantonian has produced several Welsh international football players. In recent times Ryan Green (once Wales' youngest international), Jermaine Easter and Joe Ledley and, a little further back, John Toshack.

Fairwater Brook was a childhood haunt of Roald Dahl, who lived and studied in nearby Llandaff.

Fairwater Park, known locally as "The Dell" is the site of one of Britain's first artificial ski-slopes, and is still a pleasant recreational area. However, it should be avoided at night.

Famous people from Fairwater

  • John Toshack Famous Football Player, Current Welsh Football Manager, Attended Cantonian High
  • Terry Holmes Famous Wales + Lions International
  • Joe Ledley Famous Wales International, Who Attended Cantonian High School
  • Martin Woodroffe Olympic Silver Medalist 1968
  • Nesta Wyn Jones Famous Welsh Poet

  •  Libraries in Fairwater: Doyle Avenue
           CF5 3HU
     029 2056 4019      
     Monday 9.00-1.00  2.00-6.00
           Tuesday 9.00-1.00   2.00-6.00
           Wednesday 9.00-1.00   2.00-6.00
           Thursday 9.00-1.00  2.00-7.00
           Friday 9.00-1.00  2.00-6.00
           Saturday 9.00-1.00  2.00-5.30

     Pubs/Bars in Fairwater:
     The Fairwater
           St Fagans Road
           South Glamorgan
           CF5 3AH
     029 20333049

     The Quarry House
           St Fagans Rise
           CF5 3EZ
     029 2056 5577

     Take Aways in Fairwater:
     China Palace (Chinese)
           48 Waungron Road
           South Glamorgan
           CF5 2JL
     029 20552278

     The Friary Fish Bar (Fish and Chips)
           2 Fairwater Green
           South Glamorgan
           CF5 3BA
     029 20251014

     Retail in Fairwater:
     Co-op Welcome Shop
           10-12 Fairwater Green
           South Glamorgan
           CF5 3BA

     Schools/Colleges in Fairwater:
     Cantonian High School (Secondary)
           Fairwater Road
           CF5 3JR
     02920 415250
     02920 415273

     Fairwater Primary School
           Wellwright Road
           CF5 3ED
     02920 563160
     02920 575082

     Holy Family R.C. Primary School
           Beechley Drive
           CF5 3SN
     02920 565354

     Peter Lea Primary School
           Carter Place
           CF5 3NP
     02920 562034
     02920 575947


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