The Cardiff City Stadium is relatively new, being completed in 2009 and the new home to Welsh footballers Cardiff City FC who moved from their previous home at Ninian Park. It doesn’t at the moment offer tours outside of fixtures.
Directions to the ground
By rail: The closest station is Grangetown, approximately 5-10 minutes walk to the stadium. You can take a connecting train from Cardiff Central to Grangetown.
On foot: To walk from the centre of Cardiff to the Welsh football Stadium will take approximately half an hour. You will need to head south west of the Millennium Stadium towards the Riverside area of the town, then follow signs to the Stadium.
By car: Access to the stadium via the M4 is straightforward as you leave at junction 33, take the A4232 towards Cardiff/Barry. Exit on to the B4267 turn off signposted Cardiff City Stadium. Parking at the stadium is limited to a first come first served basis.
Where to watch football on screen
Lava Lounge – A vibrant bar that prides itself as being “the perfect place to party” and is a great place to watch Welsh football. The bar is often packed with TV screens available for all footie fans when matches are on. Otherwise, it plays 80’s and 90’s music at the weekends.
Old Brewery Quarter Caroline St, Cardiff CF10 1FG
The End: A snug area is the main focus of this pub where you can watch live matches otherwise the pub is known for live music nights and good pub food.
Coburn Street, Cathays, CF24 4BR
Local places to stay
Budget: Mercure Cardiff Centre Hotel is located close to Cardiff centre within walking distance to Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium and the Cardiff Arena. The rooms have all the usual facilities you would expect and there is free WiI-Fi in the bar.
Mid-Range: Cardiff Marriott Hotel Located in the centre of Cardiff, this hotel is conveniently located and about 30 minutes walk from Cardiff City Stadium. Rooms from £75 per night
Luxury: Park Plaza Cardiff Located in the heart of Cardiff this hotel is praised for the spacious and clean rooms and facilities which include the Laguna Health & Spa. As well as treatements the spa houses a 20 metre pool, steam room and gym.
Local dining gems
Mimosa– gets its name from a Tea Clipper that set sail to South America in 1865 with 159 people from Wales on board. Breakfast is available from 9.30 – 11.45 and there is quite a large selection of options for lunch including lots of Welsh ingredients for example Welsh lamb cawl with gorwydd Caerphilly cheese & organic seeded bread and Welsh lamb loin cutlets.
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay T: 02920 491 900
Troy -For a simple but delicious taste of Turkey look no further than Troy’s. The restaurant was awarded a certificate of excellence by Trip Advisor in 2013 and is famed for its great service and authentic and fresh food which is cooked on a firepit in the restaurant.
192 City Rd, Cardiff CF24 3JF, T:029 2049 9339
Wales isn’t the place you would immediately think of when you say wine however there are some great vineyards producing excellent quality wines.
The Llanerch Vineyard is 22 acres of unique and tranquil countryside, 20 minutes from Cardiff. Llanerch Vineyard was first planted in 1986 and has become the premier vineyard of Wales, producing award-winning characteristic dry white and medium dry white wines.
The Llanerch vineyard doesn’t just grow grapes, it also houses a hotel, the Cariad Restaurant & Bistro and Angela Gray’s Cookery School where you can partake in either mini taster courses, short courses or “Cookstart” courses for young foodies.
3 things you might not know…
-Cardiff’s most famous author is Roald Dahl, who was born in Llandaff – a district in the north of Cardiff
-Only 21% of the population of Wales speak native Welsh
-The Millennium Stadium has the largest retractable roof of any sporting arena in the world