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Sport in Cardiff, European Capital of Sport 2014

Cardiff is a leading city for sport and was named the ‘European Capital of Sport’ in 2014.

When it comes to sport in Cardiff, our capital city has lots to offer. It is a great place to keep fit with its excellent sporting facilities, good range of gyms, and plenty of outdoor spaces. Cardiff also has state of the art stadiums and facilities like the Principality Stadium.

Each year our small, but lively, city hosts many important world-class sporting events such as the Six Nations Rugby matches and the Speedway Grand Prix.


Ashes Cricket Test


Olympic Games Football Matches


Rugby World Cup


World Half Marathon Championships


UEFA Champions League Final


Cricket World Cup

We also offer an English Plus Sports Programme

Principality Stadium

The Principality Stadium hosts major sporting events such as Six Nations Rugby matches and the Speedway Grand Prix as well as pop and rock concerts.

Principality Stadium

Cardiff Wales Stadium

The Cardiff Wales Stadium in Sophia Gardens is a short walk from Celtic. It has hosted world-class cricket matches since 1967 and will host 3 Cricket World Cup matches in 2019.

Cardiff Wales Stadium
Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City Stadium, about a 20-minute bus ride from the city centre, is home to Cardiff City Football Club, so it’s a great place to watch a football match.

Cardiff City Stadium

Keeping Fit

Cardiff has some great facilities and sports clubs so it is a fantastic place to keep fit. From Cross-Fit to horse-riding, you should be able to find a club to suit your needs. There are lots of gyms which you can join and students who are staying at our residence can use its gym facilities for free.

Gyms in Cardiff

Outdoor Exercise

Cardiff has some beautiful parks which are perfect to go running in. Outside the city, you could explore the Taff trail, which is a beautiful walking and cycling trail along the River Taff. Alternatively, you could climb Pen-Y-Fan which is the highest mountain in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Brecon Beacons
Cardiff International Pool main building

Swimming & Water Sport

Cardiff International Pool offers a beach area with water slides and a jacuzzi. It also has a 10-lane Olympic competition swimming pool. Cardiff International White-Water Centre offers canoeing, indoor surfing and white-water rafting at reasonable prices and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or experienced.

Cardiff International Pool

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