At the heart of the Heath lies the suburban village of Birchgrove. It is a vibrant area, with rows of shops and eateries along the main Caerphilly Road and the tree-lined avenue Heathwood Road. The surrounding residential development was initially traditional middle-class semi-detached housing (1920s-1950s), which now comfortably sits alongside rows of terraced housing. Nearby Heath Park provides grassy play areas and mature woodland, as well as featuring a miniature steam railway, sports and leisure facilities and access to the Taff Trail.
North of the City Centre, stretching between Llanishen and the Gabalfa interchange, the Heath is conveniently situated adjacent to the University Hospital of Wales. The area is served by Ty Glas and Birchgrove railway stations and a bus service and has easy access to the M4, the A48 and the City Centre.
The central crossroads, overlooked by the Birchgrove Inn, leads on to neighbouring traditional high street shopping facilities in Whitchurch, Rhiwbina and Roath. Roath Park Lake, one of Cardiff’s most popular parks, retains a classic Victorian atmosphere and offers fishing and rowing, a large playground, floral displays, the glasshouse conservatory and recreational areas. The park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award to recognise its high quality and its importance to Cardiff.