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Cardiff Bay:
A vibrant atmosphere and mix of bars, eateries and entertainment mean the Bay is a definite crowd-pleaser. With events staged throughout the year there’s always something going on, and only a short distance from the city centre this waterside attraction should be on your stag radar of places to see and be seen.

Cardiff Castle
One of the city’s most popular attractions, the castle has also been used to stage musical performances, not least including a show from one of South Wales’ finest exports, Sir Tom Jones. So why not add a spot of culture with a visit to one of Wales’ leading attractions. Take a guided tour and ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the wonder of the building itself, before heading outside for a spot of fresh air and exploration of the really quite stunning grounds.

Millennium Stadium:
Located at the heart of the capital, the world’s second largest stadium has a really rather impressive collection of past visitors to its name. Too many to name to be exact. But since its opening in 1999 the national stadium has:

  • Played host to the opening and final games of the ’99 Rugby World Cup
  • Seen over 70,000 fans to take to their seats to watch the action unfold in no less than three Challenge Cup finals
  • Stepped up to the mark to host the FA Cup Final, League Cup Final and Football League Trophy Final (among others) when England’s very own national stadium was out of action.
  • Celebrated Joe Calzaghe’s 2007 win over Mikkel Kessler.

And let us not forget its sell-out performances from some of the world’s greatest performers, with Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, The Stereophonics and U2 all having sent the noise levels through the (handily retractable) roof.

Motorpoint Arena:
A multi-purpose venue providing quality entertainment at the very heart of the capital. Comedy, concerts, sport, exhibitions, it’s got everything covered. With a huge comedy presence set for 2014, forthcoming acts include some of the UK’s biggest names. Russell Howard will be kicking proceedings off, with turns by Jack Whitehall, John Bishop and Lee Evans to follow.

The Taff Trail
If you’re in need of some fresh air to get you going after the previous night’s events you could do worse than heading for the Taff Trail. Starting in Cardiff Bay and finishing in Brecon, two well-trodden (or cycled) routes lead you along 89km of varied terrain and spectacular scenery.


Notable on the calendar include:

  • Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival (July) – three days to sample the delights, take inspiration from local chefs, and soak up the atmosphere over 50,000 fans bring to the bay
  • Cardiff Harbour Festival (August) – head to the bandstand for some live music, dip into the continental market for to sample international grub, or just sit back with a cold beer and enjoy the sights of the harbour
  • Swn (October) – annual three day festival showcasing some of the best new talent around
  • Sparks In The Park – annual fireworks display, and one of the UK’s biggest.

All things sporting

Where to begin? Events, teams, fixtures, venues, Cardiff is the city that has it all! If sport’s your thing then you really have come to the right place. From athletics to boxing, cricket to rally driving, the list is endless… So, to name but a few:

Cardiff Arms Park
A world famous venue, and previous host to cricket, football and rugby fixtures alike. With a history dating back to the nineteenth century the grounds have witnessed no less than three Welsh Grand Slams, and numerous Five Nations titles.

Cardiff City FC
With home games played at Cardiff City Stadium, 2013 has seen the club’s first appearances in the Premier League.

Cardiff Blues
Based at Cardiff Arms Park, the Blues have never missed qualification for the Heineken Cup and are credited with having helped develop rugby union across Wales. Current news, fixtures...

Millennium Stadium
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Forthcoming events include:

RBS 6 Nations

  • Friday, 6 February 2015 - Wales v England 8.05pm
  • Saturday, 7 February 2015 - Italy v Ireland 2.30pm; France v Scotland 5pm
  • Saturday, 14 February 2015- England v Italy 2.30pm; Ireland v France 5pm
  • Sunday, 15 February 2015 - Scotland v Wales 3pm
  • Saturday, 28 February - Scotland v Italy 2.30pm, France v Wales 5pm
  • Sunday, 1 March - Ireland v England 3pm
  • Saturday, 14 March - Wales v Ireland 2.30pm; England v Scotland 5pm
  • Sunday, 15 March - Italy v France 3pm
  • Saturday, 21 March - Italy v Wales 12.30pm; Scotland v Ireland 2.30pm; England v France 5pm

Cardiff Devils

With no fewer than 7 league titles under their belt, and two UK records to boot (most consecutive league games unbeaten anyone?), the Devils are a force to be reckoned with.

Getting there

By Road:
Arriving from the North (M6/M5/M4), South or West (M5/M4), three junctions of the M4 serve the capital, making it a pretty comfortable drive whichever direction you’re heading from.

By Rail:
Cardiff Central Railway Station serves as the largest busiest station in Wales. First Great Western run direct trains from London Paddington to Cardiff Central roughly every thirty minutes, with a journey of just over two hours duration.

By Air:
Direct regular flights to and from some of the UK’s big cities, with travel to and from the airport via taxi, rail or bus.

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