Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium (now the Principality Stadium) became the home of the Welsh Rugby Union upon its completion for the Rugby World Cup in 1999. Built as a replacement for Cardiff Arms Park, which still stands close by, at a cost of £130million, the Principality Stadium has a capacity of over 74,500 and boasts a retractable roof, ensuring a red hot atmosphere whenever Wales are at home.
Scotland take on Wales in round 2 of this season’s Championship (Saturday 13 February, 4.50pm). If you’re watching the game live in Cardiff, join the #TartanTakeover and show your colours – from kilts to nessie hats, face painting, flags and everything in between. And don’t forget to tweet us your best pictures @ScotlandTeam using #TartanTakeover
The Principality Stadium is a major landmark within Cardiff city centre and easily accessible on foot. Supporters might find that walking to the stadium is the best option, as local transport systems can be very busy on match days. Cardiff Central is the city’s main train station, with local and mainline services stopping here. There is no dedicated supporter parking at, or near to the Principality Stadium. Two Park and Ride locations service Cardiff city centre, each offering a quick and easy travel route. Find out more here.
Cardiff on an International match day is a unique experience – but what else should you do if you’re spending the weekend in Wales’ capital city? Cardiff is a compact city, with most of the major attractions within walking distance. Cardiff Castle is over 2000 years old and visitors can enjoy a variety of exhibitions and guided tours.
If you’re indulging in some retail therapy you’ll find major high street names, designer brands and independent boutiques all within easy walking distance. The Capitol Centre is a covered mall with well-known stores and a variety of places to eat and meet. If you’re looking for something unique, spend some time browsing the beautiful covered arcades with plenty of independent shops to choose from.
Looking for something to eat or drink? You’ll find a wide variety of cafes, restaurants and eateries among Cardiff’s busy streets. Madame Fromage (a local favourite) stocks over 150 cheeses from local producers. Alternatively, Pieminister serves up award-winning pies with a variety of delicious fillings.
Cardiff has plenty of choice when it comes to overnight accommodation, from the luxury of the major hotel chains, to the waterfront views of Cardiff Bay, or a cosy local guesthouse. Visit Cardiff, the official tourist site for visitors to the city, has a range of options for all tastes and budgets.
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will continue to be the interim home of Italian rugby during the 2016 RBS 6 Nations, while the Stadio Flaminio gets a long-awaited refurbishment. Situated two and a half miles north of the Vatican City, alongside the river Tiber, the 82,000-capacity Olimpico is one of Italy’s most passionate sporting arenas and also home to AS Roma and SS Lazio. Expect an enthusiastic rendition of the Italian anthem, Il Canto degli Italina.
Scotland take on Italy in round 3 of this season’s Championship (Saturday 27 February, 2.25pm). If you’re watching the game out in Rome, join the #TartanTakeover and show your colours – from kilts to nessie hats, face painting, flags and everything in between. And don’t forget to tweet us your best pictures @ScotlandTeam using #TartanTakeover
The Stadio Olimpico can be found towards the north of the city – approximately 4km walk from Vatican City in a north westerly direction. Local taxi services are a cost effective way of getting there too (especially if you share with other supporters). The Flaminio station on Metro line A will bring you close to the stadium (on the opposite site of the river). Alternatively Tram no. 2 (disembarking at Mancini station) is another low-cost option.
The Eternal City – with so much to see, so where should you start? You can’t fail to be impressed by the wealth of Roman architecture and ancient monuments preserved within this thoroughly modern European city. Imagine the gladiators doing battle in the Colosseum, enjoy some people watching from one of many pavement cafes in the Piazza Navona or experience the majesty of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City (expect long queues and security checks).
Rome is a shopper’s paradise, with luxury brands to be found withing the Tridente district, featuring the world famous Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps. Closer to the centre you’ll find major European brands in large spacious stores, along with souvenir and gift shops.
Italians enjoy a very different pace where eating and drinking is concerned. Lunches are long and leisurely, with evening meals starting (and ending) much later. Avoid the main tourist landmarks and choose a smaller local ‘Trattoria’ for better value for money and all of your usual Italian favourites.
Rome is a large and modern city, with a convenient Metro system, enabling travellers to choose from an even greater list of options for where to stay. Turismo Roma is the official site for tourist information, with links to a range of accommodation types to suit all budgets.
Ireland played their first RBS 6 Nations home game at the Aviva Stadium in 2011, following redevelopment of the venue, completed in May 2010. The stadium, which boasts a 57,100 capacity, sits on the site of Irish rugby’s former home Lansdowne Road, which was demolished for rebuilding in 2007, during which time Ireland briefly played their home fixtures at Croke Park.
Scotland take on Ireland in round 5 of this season’s Championship, on ‘Super Saturday’ (19 March, 5pm). If you’re watching the game across in Dublin, join the #TartanTakeover and show your colours – from kilts to nessie hats, face painting, flags and everything in between. And don’t forget to tweet us your best pictures @ScotlandTeam using #TartanTakeover
The Aviva Stadium is a large local landmark, approximately 2km from St. Stephen’s Green, situated in the Ballsbridge area of the city. Many surrounding streets are closed to all traffic and so the majority of supporters enjoy a leisurely stroll to the stadium on foot, stopping for a refreshment or two along the way. More detailed information and a map can be found here.
The Guinness Storehouse can be found in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery – and the famous home of the ‘Black Stuff’. Experience seven floors of interactive exhibitions and brand history before taking in the spectacular views from the rooftop Gravity Bar. The Guinness Storehouse is included as a destination on the many city bus tours, making it very easy to get to and from.
Grafton Street is one of Dublin’s busiest shopping streets, combining high street brands with family-owned stores, many with spectacular architecture. Visitors to the city will probably be familiar with the Temple Bar area – packed with bars, and restaurants it’s a great place to mingle with opposition supporters and exchange some post-match banter. Dublin a compact city, easy to navigate on foot. Alternatively, Dublin Bikes are simple to hire and an eco-friendly transport option for a spot of sight-seeing. Find out more here.
From smart town houses to large well-established hotels, Dublin has a wealth of accommodation options for supporters making a weekend of it. Visit Dublin is the Official Travel and Tourism site, with listings that range from cosy guesthouses to airy urban apartments.