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The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff.

It is the home of the Wales national rugby union team, and has also been used for Heineken Cup matches, as well as the rugby league Challenge Cup finals while Wembley Stadium was being rebuilt.

It has hosted matches from two Rugby World Cups including the Final in 1999.

At a cost of £121 million, the stadium was almost ten times cheaper to build than its London counterpart Wembley. It opened in June 1999, and its first major event was an international rugby match between Wales and South Africa.

The stadium is built on three levels. The south stand is the only stand which doesn't have a top tier as it has been built this way to accommodate the retractable roof. As well as providing the option of being closed in bad weather, the sliding roof also allows the stadium to have a natural grass pitch for rugby.

In each of the stadium's 22 bars, so-called "joy machines" can pour 12 pints in less than 20 seconds.

Stadium tours are available and can be booked online.

As with many other national stadiums, there is no on-site hotel at Millennium Stadium.

Getting To Millennium Stadium

The stadium is a five minute walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station, which operates First Great Western main line connection routes to and from London, Birmingham, Manchester, South West England and West Wales.

Cardiff's location on the M4 corridor means that it is easily situated within two hours drive of London and the East Midlands.  However there are no parking facilities at the stadium for the general public.

If driving into the city centre on a match day sounds daunting, one option could be to park in Bristol, located east of Cardiff across the River Severn. Bristol is a 20 minute train ride to Cardiff. If you’re looking to stay overnight either before or after the match, a good hotel accessible to Bristol Parkway station is the three-star, clunkily named Geometric Serviced Apartments Bristol.

For those wishing to fly, Bristol also has an airport, whilst Cardiff airport is approximately 12 miles (19 km) from Cardiff Central and easily accessible by private taxi, coach and train.


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Recommended Web Sites

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Official Millennium Stadium web site