Six Nations 2020 | A Rugby Fans Guide to Cardiff

Jan152020
Six Nations 2020 | A Rugby Fans Guide to Cardiff

Are you visiting Cardiff for the Six Nations in Cardiff 2020? Take a look at our ultimate guide of Cardiff for rugby fans visiting the city.

Local's and visitors alike will tell you that there is nothing better than the atmosphere in Cardiff on an international rugby day! Even if you're not the biggest fan, the energy, fun and entertainment that lasts throughout the day and into the night, is second to none. 

Cardiff city centre during a Rugby game is something of an event in itself. Pop up stores are set up to provide people with the kit of their chosen teams including scarves, hats, daffodil headgear and face paint. This combined with the close proximity of such a large number of people creates an almost carnival atmosphere as people make their way towards the stadium.

This February & March, Cardiff will have the honour of hosting Six Nation's Fixtures in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff's National Stadium of Wales. If you’re going to be attending the matches in the Welsh Capital we have compiled a list of helpful suggestions and must do’s whilst you’re in Cardiff.

Principality Stadium

Wales will play three home matches this year - Italy, France and Scotland - and the two away matches are Ireland and England in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship. Wales will kick off their 2020 Six Nations campaign against Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 1st February.

Games being held in Cardiff 

Wales v Italy, Principality Stadium, Saturday 1st February 2020, Kick-Off: 2:15pm

Wales v France, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Saturday 22nd February 2020, Kick-Off: 4.45pm

Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Super Saturday 14th March 2020, Kick-Off: 2:15pm

Getting to and around Cardiff

The Principality Stadium is only a 5 minute walk from Cardiff Central Train Station. Cardiff’s metro rail system connects Cardiff’s northern, southern and western suburbs to the city centre from its Central and Queen Street hubs. Visitors should be aware that Cardiff Central Station is expected to be very busy after each match and a queuing system will be in operation. Both the train and the local bus network is an affordable Cardiff Transport option and operates routes throughout the city and will be providing extra services on match days.

What to see and do 

For culture

You can wander around the huge structure of Cardiff Castle as it stands today. Cardiff Castle has been preserved expertly, the Roman Fort and Norman Keep both stand tall to this day, ready for you to explore. The castle is one of Wales’ most popular heritage attractions.

Nearby you'll find the National Museum of WalesThe museum has something to offer everyone,  from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs. Entry is free, and there are daily 35-minute tours from 12.30pm each day.

For atmosphere

Explore a great mix of Cardiff attractions, entertainment and events, along with vibrant bars and shops that create a truly unique atmosphere worthy of any capital city. Cardiff has the biggest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian, and modern-day indoor shopping arcades in Britain, and is known as the City of Arcades

For fresh air

Why not take a lovely bike ride? Nextbike operates in the city, making it even easier to get around. Behind Cardiff Castle is Bute Park, the green heart of the city.  Here you can cycle (or walk if you prefer) part of the Taff Trail and see a Gorsedd Stone Circle, beehives, a sculpture trail, Blackfriar's Friary and so much more. A water taxi is also here, taking you to Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Destination Guide

Eating and Drinking 

The Welsh capital is always bustling on match days, and many of the best Cardiff bars and pubs are located just a stone’s throw from the Principality Stadium. You might want to consider reserving a table in advance, and some establishments may ask for a deposit for this, or arrive hours before kick-off to claim a seat.

Drinks before or after the match

The City Arms is located just outside the stadium and is one of the most iconic Cardiff pubs. Featuring a great selection of Welsh ales, The City Arms is a long-time favourite of local sports fans. Another choice would be The Prince of Wales on St Mary Street which always hosts a huge crowd and is one of the liveliest bars in Cardiff.

Venues to watch on a big screen

For those looking for venues to watch games on a big screen, both O’Neill’sWalkabout and Brewhouse on St Mary Street will be projecting matches live throughout the Six Nations. Alternatively, you could head to Tiger Tiger, Yates or Live Lounge on Greyfriars Road.

Where to eat

Most bars and pubs, that usually serve food, will have a reduced menu on match day. This will probably be easy to eat with your hands like burgers, hotdogs, pizza and chips. If you would like more formal dining, you will need to book a table in advance, and you may be asked for a deposit.

We hope that you have a fantastic time in Cardiff during the Six Nations!


Watch The Six Nations

If you are looking for a cosy atmosphere to watch all the action unfold on live TV, join us at Thomas Bar & Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff.

Matchday offers include:

Pint (choose from a selection), Leek, cheese and potato pasty or Loaded chips, £7 per person

Pint (choose from a selection), Celtic pride burger, £10 per person


Stay at Future Inn Cardiff

Accommodation in Cardiff is always in high demand around matches so it’s recommended that visitors book early to avoid disappointment.

Future Inn Cardiff is an ideal base for the night offering various sized bedrooms including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk.

Future Inn Cardiff to The Principality Stadium

It is very easy to get to the Principality Stadium from the hotel.  It is a 6-minute taxi ride into the City Centre.  Cardiff Bay train station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel and takes you to Cardiff Queen Street station, followed by a 15-minute walk to the Principality Stadium. Alternatively, you could change lines for Cardiff Central followed by a 5-minute walk.  Future Inns is a cycle-friendly hotel, or you can use Nextbike, which would take around 14-minutes. The number 6 bus stops outside Cardiff County Hall, across the road from the hotel, and would take around 19-minutes.  It would take approximately 30 minutes to walk from the hotel.  

Pre or Post Match Dining

Thomas Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before the sporting event. Every day the team serve breakfast, brunch, and evening a-la-carte menus. If you are looking to try some local Welsh dishes, this is the place to head.  All of the food is made on-site using local produce, to give a true Taste of Wales throughout all of the menus. The Cawl is our favourite (in case you’re wondering), it is a Welsh lamb stew served Caerfai cheddar and crusty bread (can be made gluten-free on request).

Burgers, sandwiches and other lite bites are available on our lunch menu, or a homemade Sunday Roast is served every Sunday between 12pm-5pm. A homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm or our set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 5pm-10pm. A large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks is also available including Welsh beer, cider and spirits, wine by the glass or the bottle, plus all cocktails are £7 each. 

Reservations can be made on 02920 487111 or thomas@futureinns.co.uk, or online: 

 


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