Since hosting the Olympic football during the 2012 games, Cardiff has built up a reputation as a sporting capital thanks to its fantastic facilities and excellent events. With world famous stadiums for rugby, football, cricket and athletics, as well as an International Sports Village, which contains everything from an Olympic size swimming pool to an ice rink. Whether you want to get involved in a game or sit back with cheering crowds, Cardiff has something for you. Check out our guide to the city’s excellent sporting venues to find out more. Want to make sure you’re in the heart of the action? You’ll find a Premier Inn around the corner so you’ll be able to catch every sporting moment.
Home to Cardiff City Football Club and the Wales national football team, you’ll find plenty of top notch sporting facilities at this stadium. Hosting over 30,000 cheering fans, you’ll find an electric atmosphere if you decide to take a trip on match day. If you’d rather explore the stadium when it’s slightly quieter, go behind the scenes with a tour. Follow in the footsteps of your sporting heroes by going pitch side, visiting the dugout and even taking a seat in the changing rooms.
Previously known as Sophia Gardens, the SSE SWALEC is famous for hosting some of sport’s most prestigious contests. Whether you’re visiting for a test match, a county cricket game or an evening of t20, you’ll get a warm welcome at this stadium. Home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club since the sixties, take a tour of the stadium and explore its history through some fascinating memorabilia and players’ stories, as well as seeing behind the scenes in the hospitality area.
The undisputed national game of Wales, catching a rugby match is a must do for any sports fan visiting the Welsh capital.
Cardiff Arms Park, also known as The Arms Park, has been home to the Cardiff Blues since a stadium was first built on the grounds in the late 1800s. As one of the few professional rugby teams and winners of the Anglo-Welsh Cup and the European Challenge Cup, you definitely won’t be disappointed with this
If you’re looking for an exhilarating sporting adventure, take a trip to Cardiff International White Water (CIWW). Located in the heart of Cardiff’s International Sports Village, at this centre you’ll find plenty of different watersports, suitable for everyone from beginners to seasoned enthusiasts. Get a group together and go water rafting, take a two hour rafting coaching session, bodyboard with the indoor wave machine, and try out any combination of canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. The choice is yours!
Set in leafy Sophia Gardens at the centre of Cardiff, the Sports Wales National Centre was established to help develop elite athletes in Wales. Whatever time of year you are in Cardiff, you’ll find lots of Welsh national teams training in the centre. If you’re visiting in December, racket sport fans should head to the centre to enjoy the Welsh International Badminton Championships. Rather get involved than watch the sport? You can also join one of the classes, head to the gym or play a game of squash.
Take a trip to Boulders indoor climbing centre for a fantastic adrenaline and adventure-filled day out for the whole family.
Whether you’re new to climbing or have clambered your way to the top plenty of times, Boulders specialises in introducing you to this vertical world of fun and helping you to step outside your comfort zone in a safe, supportive environment.
Feeling peckish after all that exercise? Head to the on site café to enjoy a sandwich and skinny latte.
Have you got what it takes to put the pedal to the metal and beat your friends’ lap times or even set a new record? Take a trip to TeamSports Go Karting and find out! Located on the east of the city, this professionally designed multi-level track has swooping bends, hairpin turns and white-knuckle straights to test even those with the best driving skills. Once you’ve completed the lap, it’s time to head to the bar to enjoy a few drinks and celebrate your victory.
Located in Cardiff’s International Sports Village, the Ice Arena Wales (IAW) is home to the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team.
Competing for over 25 years, the Devils have a seriously passionate fan base so expect to be met with cheering crowds of up to 3,000 on match day.
From fast paced, action-packed hockey, to hotdogs and on-ice entertainment during the intermission, a trip to the Ice Arena is full of family-friendly fun.
Located on the Welsh coast, Cardiff is a haven for rugby fans, Doctor Who devotees, adrenalin junkies and culture vultures looking for a weekend away. Expect great shopping, elegant quayside dining, art, history and sport while never being too far away from the breathtaking Welsh countryside. Our Premier Inn Cardiff hotels are perfectly placed to explore everything Cardiff has to offer.