Cardiff Arms Park

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One of the most famous grounds in Welsh rugby, Cardiff Arms Park has been home to the Blues – the Cardiff Rugby Football Club – and the Welsh national team since the 1800s. Also known as The Arms Park and BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, the stadium is named after the old hotel that originally stood on the site in the 17th century.

Although best known for rugby union, Cardiff Arms Park has also seen a number of other sports played in its grounds. This includes cricket, athletics, association football, greyhound racing, tennis, baseball, boxing and even bowling, which takes place on the green to the north of the ground. Over the years this stadium has hosted everything from the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958 to the Rugby World Cup in 1991. And it’s not all sport, a number of major music artists have held concerts here, including Tina Turner, U2, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi and R.E.M. Whether you're a sports fan, music lover or just want to soak up the history of this site, you’ll find plenty to see and do at Cardiff Arms Park. Take a tour of the stadium and discover more about what’s on offer at the home of the Blues in our guide. Want to be close to all the action? There’s a range of Premier Inn hotels in Cardiff, ready to get your stay off to a great start.

Cardiff Arms Park

Cardiff Arms Park


Heading to Cardiff Arms Park for a rugby match, gig or just to buy a Blues supporter shirt? You’ll find everything you need at this stadium. Discover more about the facilities and other important information so you can begin to plan your visit.

The stadium’s box office is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, if you want to pop in to buy your tickets. The Arms Park Shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm, and later on match days. The Cardiff Arms Park clubhouse, which is members only, opens at 11am from Monday to Saturday. It shuts at 6pm on Tuesday and 7pm on Wednesday, but every other day it’s open until late. If you have any questions ahead of your visit, give the box office a call on 029 20 302030.

With a capacity of just 12,500, Cardiff Arms Park is a lot smaller than its neighbour, the Principality. This means, wherever you choose to sit, you'll get a good view of the match. There are four stands, each with covered and uncovered seating, as well as covered and uncovered standing. Behind the posts on the East stand is a small block of family seating in the lower tier and executive boxes in the top. At the other end, the West stand is home to more hospitality boxes.

Cardiff Arms Park does all it can to make sure everyone can enjoy the stadium and all its events. There are disabled seating areas within the stadium’s West and East stands with room for any carers, who also receive free entry. There is also an allocation of season-long parking permits for season-ticket holders who require wheelchair access.If you have any questions or want to let the venue know about your requirements before your visit, you can contact the stadium on 029 20 302000.

Eating and drinking

You’ll find Cardiff Arms Park in the heart of Cardiff city, with plenty of places you can try for food and drink nearby.

If you want to grab some quick food during the match, there are some food outlets in both the North and South stands. Regular match day food favourites include toasted sandwiches and chips with curry sauce.

Want to eat before or after the match? As the stadium is located in the centre of the city, you’ll find lots of choice nearby. At Madame Fromage you’ll discover a Welsh café and deli with a bit of a French influence. On the menu, you’ll find everything from beouf bourguignon to Welsh rarebit. For a whole array of pork themed treats take a trip to the Potted Pig. This restaurant is housed underground in a converted bank vault and its signature dish is a whole suckling pig.

Want to enjoy a drink during the match? You’ll find the stadium’s largest public bar in the South Stand. It opens around 90 minutes before kick-off and often has live music to keep you entertained. There are two smaller bars inside the South Stand, and another two bars in the North stand. The members-only Clubhouse is located in the corner between the South and East stands.

If you want to go for drinks before or after the match, you’re spoiled for choice with options of bars, pubs and clubs within walking distance. Head to Tiny Rebel for a huge variety of cask and keg craft beers and ales. For a buzzing atmosphere and a great selection of drinks, including sherry from the cask, take a trip to Bar 44.

Near Cardiff Arms Park

Situated on the east bank of the River Taff, in the heart of the city, Cardiff Arms Park sits in the shadow of the Principality Stadium. Previously known as the Millennium Stadium, the Principality is the national stadium of Wales and home of the Welsh national rugby team, as well as being a great music venue which has hosted everyone from Madonna to Beyoncé. Head north and you can explore Cardiff Castle, with its Roman ruins, medieval keep, gothic palace and museum of Welsh soldiers.

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Getting to Cardiff Arms Park

Located in the heart of the city with lots of transport options near Cardiff Arms Park.

By car
Cardiff Arms Park has limited parking which is allocated to season-ticket holders. However, you’ll find plenty of parking options in the city. The nearest car park is on Westgate Street, just five minutes’ walk away.

By bus
Cardiff Central Bus Station is located next to Cardiff Central Railway Station, under a 10-minute walk to Cardiff Arms Park. Hop off your bus, leave the station and bear right along Wood Street into Westgate Street and the stadium is on your left.

By train
Jump off the train at Cardiff Central Railway Station and you’ll have less than a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Leave by the station’s main entrance on the north side and then go straight ahead to Westgate Street until you see the stadium to the left.

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