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PLAN YOUR GUINNESS SIX NATIONS RUGBY DAY OUT IN CARDIFF
It’s that time of year again where everybody in Wales goes rugby mad – especially as the first game of the tournament kicks off in Cardiff with Wales V Italy!
So whether you have a ticket for the game, or you are going to watch it in a bustling city centre venue, here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Guinness Six Nations in Cardiff.
When are the home games?
· Wales V Italy – Saturday 1 February KO 14:15
· Wales V France – Saturday 22 February KO 16:45
· Wales V Scotland – Saturday 14 March KO 14:15
What roads will be closed and what’s the best way to travel?
Cardiff is compact, which makes for a great atmosphere on rugby days when there are thousands of people in the city centre! However, because of this it’s also a good idea to plan how you are going to get in and out of the city during the busy periods. Check out our travel and transport page to find out more.
Where are the best places to eat and drink?
Whether you are looking for a quick snack to keep you fueled for the day, or a restaurant to share an evening meal with friends we have it covered, head over to our eat and drink page for more information.
However, if you would like to embrace the home games, we have picked out some city centre favourites with a Six Nations theme…
On the bustling Mill Lane, the café bar called Pitch Bar & Eatery are fiercely independent. They pride themselves on simple, honest, modern Welsh food. Open from breakfast ’till cocktails daily, they are a great venue to sit down at and relax with a drink or enjoy a bite to eat. pitchcardiff.com
Giovanni’s is an award winning Italian restaurant, with three great locations in Park Place, the Hayes, and Cardiff Bay – and it’s the longest running family Italian Restaurant in Wales! Do you know that you can also watch the rugby in the restaurant? For menus and to make a booking giovanniscardiff.co.uk
Côte restaurant, located on Mill Lane and in Cardiff Bay, takes it’s inspiration from the brasseries and bistros of Paris. It boasts a relaxed all-day dining, great for pre or post-game celebrations, and serves authentic French classics made from great quality ingredients cote.co.uk
The Scottish bar BrewDog is conveniently located near the Stadium on Westgate Street. It prides itself on craft beer, is on a mission to put the passion and artisan craftsmanship back into people’s glasses… alongside a great menu with a delicious selection of burgers, dogs and tots to suit all appetites.
Where can I buy a hat shaped like a daffodil?
It’s not a match day in Cardiff unless you see dragons, daffodils, sheep, flags and some silly hats. There are plenty of places in the city centre to purchase Welsh merchandise including the Gift Shop in Cardiff Castle, WRU Shop on Westgate St and Cardiff Market on High St.
What else can I see and do in Cardiff?
Looking for things to see and do in Cardiff? There are so many places to visit that you’ll be spoilt for choice! Choose from some amazing attractions and fun filled activities… like a tour or the lavish Cardiff Castle, or a spin around the rapids at Cardiff Intentional White Water. The only question is what should you do first? Check out the range of things to see and do in Cardiff
Please note that the Principality Stadium is closed the day before and the day of the event, so guided tours are not available. Also road closures will be in place in the centre approx. 3 hours before kick off. Check out our travel advice page for more information about how to travel to the visitor attraction.
Keep in touch…
We love to see visitors enjoying Cardiff so don’t forget to share you stories and photographs with us by using the #VisitCardiff hashtag and tagging us in your posts @visitcardiff.
Travel and Transport Information
Will there be road closures in the city centre?
On event days a full city centre road closure takes place approximately 3 hours before kick-off, and a few hours post game to make it safe for visitors. The following roads will be closed to traffic in their entirety: Duke Street, Castle St, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street,Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road.
How can I travel to the city centre?
Train: On rugby days, due to the volume of visitors from Wales and cross border, Cardiff Central rolls out a full crowd management and queuing system so it is advised to leave plenty of time for your journey. If you are travelling from the local area and use Queen Street Station, this closes to outbound customers at 3.30pm. For more information visit www.tfwrail.wales and www.gwr.com
Buses: There are a variety of bus operators in the city and region including Cardiff Bus and Stagecoach. Due to the road closures in place pre and post-game, the buses will be relocated to temporary bus stops outside the road closure zone. For more information visit the bus operator websites or www.traveline.cymru . All National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual.
Park and Ride: Event Park and Ride is available at Leckwith (next to Cardiff City Stadium) and can be accessed from junction 33 off the M4. You can pay on arrival and its £10 per car. Please note it’s cash only.
Walk: Are you staying in accommodation close by? Then why not walk into the city centre and soak up the atmosphere.