HEART of Cardiff

Walking with CAER Heritage: Come and Discover Four Great Heritage Trails Around Caerau and Ely

PrintSince 2011 the CAER Heritage Project has been exploring the history and archaeology of Caerau and Ely.  Here, the homes of more than 25,000 people surround several of the most significant, but under-studied, archaeological sites in south Wales, including a large Iron Age hillfort, a Roman Villa and the remains of Cardiff’s National Hunt Racecourse. However, despite this amazing heritage and close community ties, the people who live here face many social and economic challenges. Aiming to directly address issues of health and wellbeing and promote learning opportunities the CAER Heritage Project has worked with local people of all ages in the design and creation of the HEART of Cardiff Heritage trails. By researching the history of local heritage and recording stories and folk memories about important local places four circular heritage trails have been established. The trails are signposted by heritage themed artwork created by local people and supported by a digital resource trail hosted by the People’s Collection Wales website. Come and discover these amazing stories and histories at the heart of West Cardiff.

HEART of Cardiff Heritage Trails (Image: © Crown Copyright/database right 2014. An Ordnance Survey/EDINA supplied service)

User Guides

The trails will lead you around Caerau and Ely’s amazing heritage.  Each of the trails has a downloadable leaflet that you can print out to guide you around:

At each stop on the trails listen along to the audio stories, see old and new photographs or discover archaeological and historical maps and plans.  These can be accessed by following the links below to visit the digital trails on the Peoples Collection Wales Website using your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC:

Links to Digital Trails