Guide to the Six Nations 2017 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Wales is famous for its love of rugby, and has been part of the Six Nations tournament since its inception. Cardiff, the vibrant capital of Wales, plays host to Welsh fixtures at the Millennium Stadium (also known as the Principality Stadium), the home of the Welsh rugby team. A visit for match day is a great opportunity for a short break in Cardiff, with so much to see and do as well as soak up the incredible Six Nations atmosphere.
Cardiff can be reached from our ferry port at Dover in around 4 hours and 20 minutes, or from Newhaven in around 3 hours and 50 minutes along the M4, giving you several options for travelling by ferry.
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How to get to the Millennium Stadium
The stadium is in the heart of Cardiff next to the river Taff, making it very easy and convenient to get to on match day. If you’re travelling into the city by train, Cardiff Central railway station is just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the stadium. If you are driving in, there are multi-storey car parks in the city centre just off the A4161 main road at Dumfries Place and Knox Road, as well as near the stadium on Wood Street, though parking is limited.
Millennium Stadium – 2017 Six Nations Fixtures
Saturday 11th February 2017:
Wales v England at Principality Stadium, Cardiff 4:50pm
Friday 10th March 2017:
Wales v Ireland at Principality Stadium, Cardiff 8:05pm
What to see in Cardiff
Cardiff is a vibrant and diverse capital city, offering plenty of excitement and things to see, despite its modest size. Starting from the oldest part of the city, you have Cardiff Castle, a unique mix of medieval fortifications and Victorian gothic fantasy. Nearby you have the grand National Museum Cardiff, next to the equally grand City Hall, full of amazing exhibits ranging from archaeology to zoology and art.
There’s plenty of great shopping to be found in the city centre, as well as more peaceful pursuits in the lush Bute Park that runs alongside the River Taff. A little way out of the centre towards the Bristol Channel, you’ll find the stunning architecture of Cardiff Bay. There’s the Wales Millennium Centre with its Welsh slate façade and great curved roof, and the Senedd, home of the National Assembly for Wales, next to the historic red brick Pierhead building.
The Principality Stadium
Originally called the Millennium Stadium, it was opened in 1999 and is the third largest stadium in the Six Nations Championship. It’s also the second largest stadium in the world to have a fully retractable roof.
You can explore the stadium on non-match days with a tour, which is well worth doing if you’re a real rugby fan.
A fantastic hospitality experience is available in the President’s Lounge, which offers a superb view of the pitch and you can see the Dragon’s Lair, the Wales dressing room.
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