Cardiff

A Sporting City like no other in the UK. Few places in the world can name their national stadium as their cities centrepiece. This sporting mecca dominates everything about the city which offers culture in abundance.

Introduction Continued

Visiting the Blues on a tour to Cardiff is obligatory. As well as match tickets to domestic and European games, you’re able to play out a timeless battle of your own against any one of the cities clubs on the immaculate synthetic 3G pitch, go through the motions with input from the Blues senior coaching team before seeing the pros in training themselves, experience the strength & conditioning work-outs the Blues players partake in & eat like a Cardiff player for the day – a real money-can’t-buy behind-the-scenes experience rarely available at other less community focused clubs. 

Tucked away in the clubhouse, you’ll find the Trophy room - a pottered treasure-trove of Rugby history. Photos, gifts & pictures fill the walls, but the undoubted highlight is one of just two remaining match jersey’s from the infamous 1905 All Blacks – a team dubbed The Originals. Invaluable. Rugby anoraks like me can be forgiven for dropping their jaw here.

You’ll tackle Cardiff from the YHA, GB’s first and only 5* Youth Hostel, located halfway between the exciting city centre and the cultural hive of Cardiff Bay.

Whilst Rugby holds the back-page, sport in general has a colossal presence in the city. Hockey, Cricket & Football boast some excellent facilities here, but it is the International White Water Centre in Cardiff Bay which offers the real wow factor. 250m of man made torrents offers a great opportunity to tourists to push the boundaries and kick back away from matchday.

Other highlights of the city include the Zero Degrees Micro-Brewery and restaurant, Viva Brazil Churrascaria, the stunning Cardiff Bay & a wide range of craft-beer pubs like the Tap House, Gravity Station, the Cambrian Tap & the Hop Bunker.

Top 5: Cardiff

1. Play Your Tour Games Cardiff Arms Park 

2. Match Tickets to see Cardiff Blues in the PRO-12 

3. Pro Rugby Experiences with Cardiff Blues

4. White Water Rafting Activity 

5. Guided Tours of the Principality Stadium

Key Information

The Rugby

  • Play your Tour Matches on the 3G Pitch at Cardiff Arms Park
  • Guest Coaching Clinics with Players & Coaches from Cardiff Blues
  • Tickets to Guinness PRO 12 Match
  • Fixtures with clubs in Wales
  • Tour of the Principality Stadium 

Coach

Travelling to Cardiff by Coach is simple. The city is on the M4 motorway with good access from the North West and South of England. It also isn't far away from the Midlands.

Travel times by Coach are as follows:

  • Manchester - 3 Hours
  • Exeter - 2 Hours
  • Glasgow - 4 Hours
  • Leeds - 4 Hours
  • London - 2 Hours

 

YHA Cardiff

 

YHA Cardiff Central is rated 5-star by Visit Wales and offers rooms with an en-suite shower room. The huge St David’s Shopping Centre is a 15-minute walk from the building, and Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and the Red Dragon Centre are within a mile away. 

YHA Cardiff Central is a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the city centre and its rail and bus stations. It is well placed for the Cardiff International Arena, and Cardiff Bay is a 5-minute drive away.

15th April 2017 - Welsh Double Header

During the Easter Holidays The Principality Stadium hosts the Welsh Double Header as all four Guinness Pro 12 teams take to the field. 

 

Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys

Newport Gwent Dragons vs Scarlets 

 

29th April 2017 - Cardiff Blues vs Zebre

 

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend! Cardiff Blues host Zebre at Cardiff Arms Park - Expect some excellent rugby on the fast flowing 3G turf. 

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