World-class stadiums for rugby, football, cricket and athletics, an International Sports Village offering an Olympic size swimming pool, and an ice rink are just some of our sporting gems.
Cardiff International White Water
You’ll discover all of the energy, excitement and adrenaline of white-water sports at this facility in the bay. You can hang ten on the indoor surf machine; canoe, kayak and raft on the man-made white-water rapids, or ascend the exciting air-trail course – phew!
Joust and Medieval Melee
Cardiff Castle celebrates the pomp and pageantry of the middle ages with two annual events that star the biggest medieval celebrities – the knights of the kingdom. Each festival of events includes thrilling displays, authentic workshops, delicious food and a show-piece joust off.
Children’s Literature Festival
Authors and illustrators made famous in Wales have their words and pictures brought to life in dozens of venues across the capital. Expect readings, performances and colourful realisations of some of the best-loved contemporary children’s books.
Matchday in Cardiff – it’s simply electric. Wales play their home games at Principality Stadium, including for the 6 Nations and Autumn Internationals. A world-famous atmosphere awaits lucky ticket holders inside the stadium, while roaring arenas of fans in red and white jerseys await everyone else in the surrounding bars and pubs. Cymru am byth!
Glamorgan Cricket Museum
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SSE Swalec Stadium
It was made famous for hosting some of cricket’s most prestigious events – including the Ashes – but now it’s not just wickets and sixes you’ll see at the venue. Throughout the year is a schedule of conferences, expos and gigs, with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Simply Red headlining shows for thousands of people last summer.
World-famous sailors cast their high-speed boats to the shores of Cardiff Bay for some thrilling races around a custom-built circuit. Spectators can get up-close views of the wave-breaking action around the public Race Village, which is by the iconic Norwegian Church.
Wales Football Team Homecoming
Friday July 8 will be just one of many dates to go down in Welsh footballing history following the summer of 2016. It was the day the nation saluted Gareth Bale and his fellow Wales team mates at a homecoming parade in Cardiff for their heroic performances in Euro 2016. The squad waved to fans from an open-top bus before heading to a huge party in their honour at a packed Cardiff City Stadium where the Manic Street Preachers performed.
Proper games of football, with proper fans – the Bluebirds have a long and proud footballing history in South Wales and recently entered the upper-echelons of the game following a move in 2009 to the Cardiff City stadium. Head to a match and soak up the atmosphere as chants of the famous “I’ll be there” ring through the terraces.
UEFA Champions League Final
It’s one of global sport’s most iconic fixtures, and this year Cardiff played host to two of Europe’s best football teams at the Millennium Stadium for the men’s final on Saturday, June 3 and the Cardiff City Stadium played host to the Women’s final on Thursday, June 1. Nearly 200,000 fans embraced the city for what was one of the biggest sporting occasions it’s ever entertained.
The Devils moved to a brand-new 3000-seater stadium last year, and thousands of fans flock to watch their fast-paced and energetic performances every month. If you’re new to ice hockey, don’t worry – you’ll love watching the game with a hot dog and beer in hand.
Legendary Sports Heritage
Sporting facilities in the capital like Principality Stadium and the SSE Swalec today rank alongside some of the best in Europe. But there are some stadia from days gone by that you may have forgotten that helped to define the heritage of this nation’s sporting prowess. Who remembers the National Stadium at Cardiff Arms Park and the Empire Pool for example?
He’s been dubbed one of the best scrum halves the game of rugby has ever seen – so it’s no wonder this Welsh legend was immortalised in 1982 with a statue that captures one of his immaculate passes. You can see it in the St David’s Centre shopping arcade.
Think of Wales, you think of rugby. However, South Wales was once fascinated by a home-grown version of baseball which became a popular summertime sport in the early part of the 20th century, drawing crowds of up to 16,000 in Cardiff in the late 1920s. Televised games of British baseball were popular up until the 80s before a decline in the uptake of new players eventually led to its demise.