City Road

City Road is one of the oldest roads in the Roath area probably dating back to medieval times.  It used to be called Plucca Lane until around 1870 when it was was renamed Castle Road, after Roath Castle (Mackintosh House) and then later renamed City Road in honour of Cardiff being made a City.

Workers repairing the tram lines at Newport Road and City Road junction

Workers repairing the tram lines at Newport Road and City Road junction


Start of City Road at Newport Road junction

The start of City Road at the junction with Newport Road.  Roath Road Wesleyan church on the left prior to it being bombed in WWII.

Solly Andrews Garage, CIty Road

Solomon Andrews Garage and the bomb-damaged Roath Road Wesleyan church, City Road


City Road around 1920

City Road around 1920.  Fligelstone Pawnbrokers on the right at No.22 with the three ball sign.


City Road with the No3 Trolley Bus heading to town and B.S.A. House and the Roath Park in the background (photo: Byron Barnett)


Roath Park Hotel on the right.


Gaiety Cinema, City Road, Roath, Cardiff

Gaiety Cinema, City Road, Roath, around 1912

The history and more pictures of the Gaiety Cinema can be can be found here on our Cinemas page.


City Road fire damage 1990

1990: Park Conservative Club and fire damage to adjoining property at 219 City Road


City Road - Unknown photographer

Northern end of City Road just before the five-ways junction. (photographer – unknown)