Beyond hosting international bands and musicians like Rihanna, Bon Jovi, and Madonna, the Millennium Stadium—which rebranded as the Principality Stadium in 2016 but is still commonly referred to by its former name—also welcomes World Rally Championships and, on occasion, UEFA Champions League Finals. The best way to experience the Millennium Stadium is at one of its many events, although travelers pressed for time can enjoy the magnificent building from the outside on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. There are also organized guided tours arranged by the Stadium itself.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Sporting and music fans alike will share an appreciation for Cardiff’s vast Millennium Stadium.
- Despite having 74,500 seats, tickets for huge musical and sporting events often sell out fast, so plan accordingly.
- Some of the best views over the Millennium Stadium are found across the river in Riverside.
- Don’t worry about rain—the Millennium Stadium is the second largest stadium in the world with a retractable roof.
- Even if you don’t attend a game or concert, you can enjoy the Millennium Stadium during a hop-on hop-off bus tour or on a guided tour.
- The Millennium Stadium is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Millennium Stadium is situated right in the center of Cardiff, alongside the River Taff and just a 5-minute walk from Cardiff Central Train Station. There is both onsite and nearby parking available, although for most Cardiff-based travelers, the Millennium Stadium is easily accessible on foot or by public transport.
When to Get There
If you can get tickets, game days—especially rugby game days—are the best times to visit, although football matches also lend a certain atmosphere to the stadium and surrounds. Alternatively, get tickets for an upcoming concert of your choice, or take a guided tour from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm, or on Sundays from 10:15am to 4pm.
Given the Millennium Stadium’s advantageous position in the center of the city, there are many options for travelers who want to book-end a tour of the grounds or grab a pre-game drink. Try some Welsh craft beers at Tiny Rebel or Zerodegrees, two brewpubs just minutes from the main entrance. Or, explore the boutiques, delis, and coffee shops in Cardiff’s many nearby Victorian Arcades.
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