Cardiff Sports and Outdoor Activities
(Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales, UK)
The city of Cardiff is certainly a city for sports enthusiasts, with the Millennium Stadium opening in 1999 and earning itself the proud title of the National Stadium of Wales, being the homeground of the Welsh national rugby union team.
Situated right next door to the Millennium Stadium, the Cardiff Arms Park functions as a leading rugby union stadium, although other sporting events are sometimes staged here. In the past, these have included the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, baseball, bowling, boxing matches, cricket and even tennis.
The River Taff runs straight through the city centre and is a particularly scenic spot for walking and cycling in Cardiff, with various riverside public houses located along the way, suiting those in need of a pint and a ploughman's.
Address: Sloper Road, Ninian Park, Cardiff, CF11 8SX, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)845345 1400
Cardiff City Football Club dates back to the late 19th century and plays regular football matches at Ninian Park. Football is one of the most popular spectator sports in the city and Ninian Park resides within the Leckwith area, being within easy reach of the city centre by wither car, bus or train.
Rugby Football Club
Address: Westgate Street, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, CF10 1JA, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2030 2000
Founded most than 100 years ago, the impressive Millennium Stadium is home to the Cardiff Rugby Football Club. After staging the Rugby World Cup in 1999, the stadium regularly hosts many important rugby matches, including the rugby Six Nations Championships. Neighbouring Cardiff Arms Park is an important rugby union stadium and was completed in 1969, being able to accommodate more than 12,000 spectators.
Glamorgan County Cricket Club
Address: Cathedral Road, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9XR, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2030 0500
Cricket is becoming an increasingly popular spectator sport in this part of Wales and the Glamorgan County Cricket Club play regular cricket matches at Sophia Gardens, in the Pontcanna district. The cricket season runs from April to September.
Cardiff World Rally
Cardiff hosts the Wales Rally GB, the final round of the World Rally Championship, each autumn, attracting many of the world's top rally drivers. The World Rally Championship is the fasting growing motor sport in the world, second only in important to Formula 1 Grand Prix racing.
Address: Welsh Rugby Union, Hodge House, St. Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DY, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2022 5303
The spectacular Millennium Stadium dominates the city centre and cost in excess of £100 million. With seating for more than 70,000 spectators, a retractable roof and excellent sports facilities, the Millennium Stadium regularly hosts concerts and special events throughout the year.
Address: Leckwith Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2022 5345
The city has become an important location for athletics and the Cardiff Athletics Stadium can be found in the Leckwith area. With an 400-metre track, a football pitch and excellent sporting facilities, the Athletics Stadium has seating for more than 5,000 spectators, a fitness centre and all-weather pitches.
Maindy Swimming Pool and Cycle Track
Address: Crown Way, Cathays, Cardiff, CF14 3AJ, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2052 9230
Much more than just a swimming pool, Maindy Pool, in the Cathays area, also features an outdoor cycle track, a sports field, swimming instructors and a café area.
Taff Cycle Trail
Address: Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, CF11 9JY, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2075 1235
Covering more than 80 km / 50 miles, the Taff Cycle Trail is a particularly scenic cycle trail that runs from Cardiff Bay to the nearby town of Brecon. With many spectacular views along the way, highlights include trails right alongside the River Taff and the waterfront.
Address: Fairwater Road, Fairwater Park, Cardiff, CF5 3JR, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2056 1793
The Cardiff Ski Centre has good facilities for both dry-skiing and snowboarding in the city. Situated in the Fairwater area, the Ski Centre features ski instructors, ski equipment hire and a café area.
Fitness Centres and Gyms
There are numerous well-equipped fitness and sports centres in the area, with excellent state-of-the-art fitness and weight training equipment, aerobic courses, personal trainers, saunas, solariums, steam rooms, hydrotherapy and massage. Most gyms and sports centres are open daily, from early in the morning until late at night.
- Heath Sports Centre
Address: Heath Park, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 3RL, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2075 5607
- Eastern Leisure Centre
Address: Llanrumney Avenue, Llanrumney, Cardiff, CF3 4DN, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2079 6616
- Llanishen Leisure Centre
Address: Ty Glas Avenue, Cardiff, CF14 5DX, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2076 2411
- Pentwyn Leisure Centre
Address: Bryn Celyn Road, Cardiff, CF24 7EZ, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2054 9211
- Western Leisure Centre
Address: Caerau Lane, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5HJ, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2059 3592
- Cannons Health Club
Address: Ocean Park, Ocean Way, Cardiff, CF10 5BF, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2045 6000
- Penarth Leisure Centre
Address: Andrew Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2NS, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2070 0717
Address: The University Sports Centre, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AS, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2041 6777
- Fairwater Leisure Centre
Address: Waterhall Road, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF5 3LL, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2055 2210
Taskforce Paint Ball Games
Address: St. Lythan Court, St. Lythans, Wenvoe, Cardiff, CF5 6BQ, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2059 3900
Megabowl Tenpin Bowling
Address: Newport Road, Cardiff, CF23 9AE, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2046 1666
Wales National Ice Rink
Address: Hayes Bridge Road, Cardiff, CF10 1GH, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2039 7198
Cantref Horse Riding Centre
Address: Cantref, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8LR, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1874 665 223