14 October 2019/ rent_commercial_property_guide

Commercial property area guide: Cardiff, Wales

Commercial properties to rent in Cardiff

Cardiff is both the capital of Wales and its largest city, hosting the country’s National Assembly and most of its national cultural institutions. A hive of commercial activity, Cardiff accounts for around 20% of Wales’ GDP, which in 2007 was around £9 billion. Although there is evidence of human settlement in the area as far back as 6,000 BC, it was the construction of the city’s docks in 1793 that really laid the foundations for the Cardiff we know today. With raw materials pouring in from across the world, the city’s population began to swell from 6,342 in 1801 to 362,756 in 2017.

Every year its population is bolstered by around 21 million visitors, as well as the 40% of the city’s workforce that commute into the city every day. In 2010, tourism generated a massive £852 million for the city’s economy with visitors flooding to shopping destinations like St David’s, taking in sporting events at the Principality Stadium, strolling around Cardiff Castle or going out for a wild night in the city’s centre.

Inner Cardiff is made up of a number of different wards. Plasnewydd, Gabalfa, Roath, Cathays, Adamsdown and Splott sit to the north and east, while Butetown, Grangetown, Riverside and Canton lie to the south and west.

Realla is your one-stop shop for finding out everything you need to know about renting a commercial property in Cardiff. Whether you are looking for an office or a prime spot in one of the city’s retail districts, there is a lot to choose from. Let’s take a deeper look.

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Travel and transport in Cardiff

Cardiff has the largest railway station in Wales

With nine platforms and an estimated footfall of around 12.5 million passengers a year, Cardiff Central is an important transport hub for the UK. It provides direct services to Bridgend and Newport, long-distance services to Wrexham, Holyhead, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

Cardiff also holds the distinction of having Wales’ second largest train station, Queen Street, which serves as a hub for the Valley Lines services to South Wales and the city’s suburbs. The suburban areas are further serviced by the Valley & Cardiff Local Routes, operated by Transport for Wales. This network has eight lines going to 20 stations within the city and 26 in the wider urban area.

Cardiff Airport is great for both domestic and international flights

Cardiff airport was the choice for 1.5 million passengers, and is located near the village of Rhoose. It is the only airport in Wales that currently offers international flights for those looking to get a range of destinations around Europe. The airport also supports corporate and general aviation.

Cardiff is connected to the UK motorway system

Four junctions of the M4 motorway are dedicated to Cardiff, which connects the city with Swansea and Newport, as well as Bristol, Swindon, Reading and London. The other main roads that form an essential part of Cardiff’s road network are the A48(M) and the A470. When completed, the A4232 will be the last part of the Cardiff ring-road system between M4 junctions 30 and 33.

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Cafes and coffee shops in Cardiff

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Gyms, banks and shopping centres in Cardiff

There are more than 20 gyms in Cardiff, including:

  • PureGym Cardiff
  • Aspire Fitness
  • The Fitness Factory
  • Pro Fitness Ltd
  • Simply Gym

Gyms around Cardiff

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Cardiff’s banks and Post Offices

There are over 20 banks dotted around the centre of the city, including:

  • 3 Barclays
  • 3 NatWest
  • 2 HSBC
  • 2 TSB
  • 1 Lloyds

There are 10 Post Offices in the Central Cardiff area. You can find them on:

  • Queen Street
  • Moira Place
  • Bute Street
  • Holmesdale Street
  • Cowbridge Road East (two branches)
  • Whitchurch Road
  • Albany Road
  • Waterloo Gardens
  • Splott Road

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • 6 Tesco (3 Extra, 2 Express, I Metro)
  • 2 Asda
  • 2 Sainsburys
  • 1 Lidl
  • 1 Co-op

Retail properties to let in Cardiff

The most famous shopping destination in Cardiff is the modern shopping centre at St. David’s, which is the ninth largest in the UK. It is home to some of the biggest names of the retail world. Shoppers will be able to find almost anything within this sprawling retail space. At any one time there are around 88 stores open for business.

Commercial real estate agents in Cardiff:

Realla has lots of commercial properties to rent in Cardiff, here’s a selection:

Here are some of Cardiff’s most famous business residents:


  • Admiral Group
  • Bank of Wales
  • Confused.com
  • Peacocks
  • TicketSource

Here are some large offices and co-working spaces to let in Cardiff:


Interesting facts about Cardiff


  • Cardiff was made the world’s first Fairtrade capital of the world in 2004 on St. David’s Day by the Fairtrade Foundation. The City has gone on to form Fair Trade Cardiff, which is a local partnership of organisations and groups committed to continuing to promote secure markets and fair prices for farmers all over the world.
  • Cardiff is home to the world’s oldest record store. Spillers Records was established way back in 1894 and specialised in selling phonographs and associated paraphernalia, before expanding to include records, instruments and tickets to local shows.
  • There is a mysterious network of underground tunnels underneath the city. The origin and purpose of these dark routes is unknown, adding a layer of sinister mystery. The most respected theory is that they were used by the city’s dock workers as short cuts.

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