Our Location

Capital School of English is a minute’s walk from the city centre of Cardiff, a small and exciting city with a warm heart and a big welcome!

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The heart of Cardiff

Capital School of English (Cardiff) is a stone’s throw from Cardiff Castle & the beautiful surroundings of Bute Park.

Cardiff and Wales

From the ancient, such as Cardiff Castle, to the modern, such as the Bay area, Cardiff provides a wonderful experience.

And for those of you who love the beauty of the countryside, Cardiff is the starting point (or end point!) for the Taff Trail and the city is close to mountains, river valleys, clifftop walks and award-winning sandy beaches.

Cardiff is renowned for

  • Welcoming, friendly people
  • Safe, affordable living
  • Excellent amenities and facilities for students
  • A vibrant shopping centre
  • A lively nightlife
  • A rich cultural heritage
  • Excellent cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs
  • A multitude of parks and green areas open to the public

Our Friends in the Neighbourhood

Capital School is located on the edge of the city centre in an area called Riverside. There are lots of local businesses that we often use in the area, run by people that we like! Here are a few of them and what they mean to us. Please be advised that although these are lovely places, we can’t be held accountable if their details change.

  • Posh Nosh – our local buffet and sandwich shop. Friendly, inexpensive and they make delicious sandwiches and excellent jacket potatoes!
  • The Gatekeeper pub – a city centre bar. They host an international get-together every Monday evenings.
  • Nata & Co. – a Portuguese café owned by one of our ex-students! Excellent coffee, their Pastel de Nata are fantastic and they often play host to Wednesday afternoon’s coffee conversation.
  • The Pontcanna Inn – a typical British pub and hotel, they do wonderful snacks, early breakfasts and are a popular destination for Wednesday afternoon’s Coffee Conversation
  • Falafel Wales – simply fantastic Lebanese food just down the road.
  • Elgano’s Italian hotel and restaurant – a friendly restaurant and hotel, with excellent food, commonly used for staff meals out.
  • Chapter Arts – a café, restaurant, cinema, art gallery and so much more. We heartily recommend a visit.
  • The Italian Way – another friendly, local Italian restaurant about 5 minutes’ walk from the school. Perfect for a cosy night out!

How to Get Here

Capital School is in the city centre of Cardiff, only 2 hours by train from London. Cardiff has excellent international transport links, served by Cardiff Airport, and is an hour from Bristol Airport. The M4 runs from London, through Bristol to Cardiff, making it an easy journey by car or bus.

Heathrow to Cardiff by train and bus

Trains from Heathrow to Cardiff are available and involve getting a train to either London Paddingtion (then to Cardiff), or Reading (then to Cardiff). The average journey time for this is around 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Heathrow to Cardiff by bus

There is a bus available from Heathow Central Bus Station that goes to Cardiff. This is a National Express bus and the average journey time for this is around 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Gatwick Airport to Cardiff by train

Trains from Gatwick to Cardiff are available and involve multiple stops. There is a regular train from Gatwick Airport to Victoria Station, and you must change at Paddington Station to get the Great Western Railway Train towards Swansea.

Gatwick Airport to Cardiff by bus

There is a national express bus that travels from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff up to 22 times a day. The journey takes an average of 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Bristol Airport to Cardiff by train

There is a train that runs from Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meads, from which you can get a train to Cardiff Central. The journey takes an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Bristol Airport to Cardiff by bus

There is a National Express bus service that runs from Bristol Airport to Cardiff that runs up to 10 times a day, and is often cheaper than travelling by train. The journey takes an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Cardiff Airport to Cardiff City Centre by train

Trains run from Rhoose (Cardiff International Airport) railway station to Cardiff Central station every hour from Monday to Saturday, and every two hours on Sundays. There is a shuttle bus service (905) from the Cardiff Airport to Rhoose railway station. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes and costs £1 per person.

Cardiff Airport to Cardiff City Centre by bus

The T9 service is a direct link to Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre. The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal. Services are available up to every 30 minutes, with free travel on weekends.

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