Football madness in Cardiff hits fever pitch with a homecoming parade celebrating Wales' historic journey at Euros 2016

The Wales team may not have made it to the final, but they have certainly won first place in the hearts of the thousands of loyal Welsh fans who have cheered them on from the very beginning.

Amazing ambassadors for Wales, their unrelenting passion and dedication has gripped the nation and firmly placed Wales on the international map.

Homecoming Parade 2016

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Over half of the population watched the Semi-Final match between Wales and Portugal, making it the most watched programme in the history of Wales
The Wales National Squad return home from UEFA EURO 2016 today, and Cardiff will be providing them with a true heroes welcome fitting of their their historic achievement in reaching the competition Semi-Finals. The team will touch down in Cardiff Airport at 2.30pm, where their eager fans will be waitng to welcome them.

The team bus is scheduled to leave Cardiff Airport at approximately 15:15 and head to the centre of Cardiff and it is expected that Wales’ magnificent supporters will come out in their numbers to cheer the team all the way from the airport to Cardiff Castle.

The celebrations will commence with an open bus tour, setting off from Cardiff Castle at 4pm and ending at Cardiff City Stadium at 5.30pm.

Upon arrival at Cardiff Castle, the team will board an open top bus which will embark on a celebratory tour of the town centre before heading to Cardiff City Stadium for the Homecoming Show, offering supporters the opportunity to celebrate this historic achievement with the team.

The Route

Airport to City Centre (route subject to change in event of traffic congestion)

  • Leave airport approx. 15.15
  • Usual route from airport to Culverhouse Cross along Port Road
  • Link road from Culverhouse Cross to M4
  • East on M4 to Coryton interchange
  • Down Manor Way, over Gabalfa flyover and down North Road to Cardiff Castle

City Centre Open Top Bus Route

  • Leave Cardiff Castle approx. 16.00
  • High Street (opposite Castle) and along St Mary Street
  • Right turn into Wood Street right turn again onto Westgate Street (approx. time 16.20)
  • Past Principality Stadium and then at end of Westgate Street turn left past Holiday Inn (approx. time 16.40)
  • Cross River Taff and through traffic lights (by Cathedral Road) and down Wellington Street
  • Turn left onto Leckwith Road (approx. time 17.00)
  • Continue on Leckwith Road and take left turn into main entrance to Stadium (arrival by 17.30.

Euros 2016

Wales’ historic journey at Euro 2016 has been nothing short of astonishing, and this is how they got there.

11 June Wales 2-1 Slovakia

Bale scores the first goal against Slovakia, cementing their powerful return to the tournament after 58 years.

16 June Wales 1-2 England

Welsh fans are left disappointed at this home nations clash, however it is simply a mere bump in the road.

20 June Wales 3-0 Russia 

Wales are now flying high at the top of their group, thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsay, Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale.

 25 June Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland

Ireland’s own goal is Wales’ ticket to the quarter-finals.

1 July Wales 3-1 Belgium

This momentous win sees them entering their first ever semi-final at a major tournament.

6 July Wales 0-2 Portugal

The end of the road, but they remain heroes in the eyes of the Welsh nation.

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