Croeso i Gymru! Welcome to Wales!
All at Barry Town United AFC would like to wish a very warm welcome to all players, staff, families and supporters of Cliftonville Football Club. We want you to enjoy your visit to South Wales, so we have created this handy guide to give you some ideas for your stay.
As you can imagine, all at the club are deeply disappointed with the 3G pitch at our Jenner Park home failing the UEFA tests, but we’re sure that Leckwith Stadium will bring a great atmosphere from both sets of fans.
Travelling by Air:
Cardiff Wales Airport is approximately 8 miles from Cardiff city centre. Taxis will cost you between £25 and £35 from the airport to the capital city.
The T9 bus service is a direct link to Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre. The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal and busses run every 30 minutes at £5 per trip.
Travelling by Rail:
Cardiff Central Station is located in heart of the city centre and is within walking distance of all city centre hotels and attractions.
The nearest train station to Leckwith Stadium is Ninian Park. Alternatively you can use Grangetown, but you’re looking at around a 20-minute walk from there. We recommend a taxi from the City Centre.
Travelling by Road:
Cardiff city centre has a plethora of carparks. Be sure to check the tariffs before you enter – some are a LOT more expensive than others.
Leckwith Stadium has limited parking, which will be at a premium on match day. Avoid parking in the Capital Retail Park opposite the stadium – they have 90-minute limits and hefty fines for those who breach their rules.
Hadfield Road is an industrial area of Cardiff and around a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium. This area is used by hundreds of fans on Cardiff City matchdays as it’s free. Just beware of the double-yellow lines as the traffic wardens are out in force!
Cardiff is an extremely safe and welcoming city with one of the best reputations for nightlife in the country.
The city centre is thriving with various bars and clubs staying open until the early hours. St Mary Street being the liveliest of areas during the weeknights.
O’Neill’s Irish Bar is located on St Mary Street is popular with visiting supporters before matches, especially those with a Celtic background. (https://www.oneills.co.uk/national-search/wales/st-mary-street-in-cardiff/food).
Mill Lane, on the corner of St Mary Street, has an array of different trendy bars with large outdoor seating areas that lead onto the modern St David’s shopping centre. Perfect for a pint if the weather is favourable, which looks to be the case!
It is an approximate 30-minute walk from the City Centre to Leckwith Stadium or around £8 in a taxi.
If you’re looking for more of an upmarket, laid-back scene then Cardiff Bay is for you. Traditionally aimed at the 25 and over, Cardiff Bay is approximately £6 in a taxi from the city centre and features traditional pubs, trendy wine bars, gourmet restaurants with an amazing view of the Cardiff Bay Barrage and coastline. Perfect for small groups and couples who prefer the quieter pre and post-match pint. You can also catch the water taxi between Cardiff Bay and the city centre, which is well worth a try. https://cardiffharbour.com/water-taxis/
Brains Brewery is the local brewery based in Cardiff. Their beers, lagers and stouts have been the staple diet of many-a docker, sailor and miner for over 130-years. Be sure to try Brains S.A. during your visit. (www.sabrain.com)
Leckwith Stadium (or Cardiff International Sports Stadium) is a modern athletic stadium and playing fields in the Leckwith area of Cardiff. Albeit a different county, Barry Town United’s temporary European venue at Leckwith is less than 7 miles away from their home at Jenner Park.
Stadium capacity is 4,953 (2,553 seated for our UEFA Europa League fixture)
The stadium includes a gym, AstroTurf pitches, meeting rooms, and offices.
It includes the headquarters of Welsh athletics —the sport’s governing body for Wales – and Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club.
Near the ground
Leckwith Stadium is situated opposite a large retail park (Capital Retail Park) as well as the Cardiff City Stadium – home of the Bluebirds.
Here you can find a casino, supermarket, Subway, Costa, McDonalds, KFC and a Greggs a 2-minute walk from the stadium. There is also (what looks like) a pub, called the Sand Martin. This is a food venue. They will not serve alcohol without being seated and ordering food in this establishment, so it is recommended that you conduct your pre-match festivities in the city centre.
Alternatively, you can find a pub in the Canton area of Cardiff, if you’re in need of refreshment nearer the stadium.
Canton Cross is a crossroad with around 6 traditional pubs (Canton Cross, The Corporation, The Butchers Arms, The Canton Hotel, The Ivor Davies Wetherspoons and the Admiral Napier).
There is also a very small real ale house called The Craft Devil Cellar, which is highly recommended but will only accommodate a small number of patrons due to its size (www.craftydevilbrewing.co.uk).
All of these pubs are within a 100-metre radius and are only a 10-minute walk from the stadium.
Things to do
As the capital of Wales you’d expect there to be loads of great things to do in Cardiff – and you’d be right. This ancient city has a bevy of museums, attractions, parks, music venues, restaurants and bars to explore. If anything, the tricky part is narrowing down exactly what you want to spend your precious time getting stuck into. So, to save you a frantic Google sesh, we’ve pulled together a list of all the best things to do in Cardiff, from indoor surfing at one of the UK’s best watersports centres to art trails and chunky slices of Welsh history.
Cardiff Castle: The stone fortress that has watched over Cardiff since the eleventh century is a grand sight to behold. No visit to Cardiff would be complete wihout a nose around the castle, plus it is conveniently located at the top of St Mary Street, where we recommend you frequent. A ticket will get you into the impressive grounds, interactive exhibits, the Battlement Walk, a Norman keep and bomb shelters used as late as World War II. Pay a little extra for a house tour, which will give you access to the extravagant rooftop garden, among other private rooms. https://www.cardiffcastle.com/tickets-and-prices-1/
Wales Millennium Centre: A 2,500-capacity venue that hosts massive bands, comedians and touring theatre shows. Few things ooze Wales as much as the Wales Millennium Centre at Cardiff Bay. Opened in 2004, it’s made entirely of wood, metal, slate and glass sourced in the country itself. In any week you can expect to see opera, contemporary dance and the latest big pop, rock and global musicians. https://www.wmc.org.uk
Cardiff Bay: Europe’s largest waterfront development. From the water you can get a good look at iconic buildings, like Pierhead and the Norwegian Church, as well as the old docks and Wetlands Nature Reserve. Guided boat tours run regularly from Mermaid Quay and Penarth Barrage and typically last around 45 minutes. After cruising the bay, pop into Craft in the Bay: a permanent exhibition of work by Welsh craft-makers. There are regular workshops there too.
Cardiff International Whitewater Centre: A water sports centre for all the adventurous souls out there. Cardiff International White Water hosts all kinds of sports and offers the only white water rafting course in South Wales. Hop in a canoe here, try something called ‘hot dogging’ or tackle their indoor wave machine, which is perfect for surfing lessons. If you’re in a group and not everyone wants to partake, there’s a viewing area for family and friends to lau…ahem…watch you on the water. https://www.ciww.com
Cardiff Central Market: An old-school shopping experience. Cardiff Central Market has been going since the 1700s and has been at this site for over a century. The impressive, dual-level Victorian structure houses a variety of traders, from fresh produce to homeware, clothing, tools, records and more. The market is a five-minute walk from Cardiff Castle, so stop in there afterwards for some cake and coffee from Celtic Corner, Donnellys or Bull Terrier Café. https://www.cardiffcouncilproperty.com/cardiff-market/
Museums: From a city centre castle to a dockside Nordic church, Cardiff knows what it’s doing when it comes to museums. Read Time Out’s definitive guide to what each one offers: https://www.timeout.com/cardiff/things-to-do/best-museums-in-cardiff
Barry Island: Barry Island has attracted visitors since the 1870’s and the appeal of its golden beaches, cafes and family amusements is stronger than ever.
The recently refurbished seafront now offers a sweeping promenade along the entire length of Whitmore Bay beach, against a backdrop of enticing cafés and restaurants, beach wheelchairs available to loan, vibrant beach huts and lots to amuse the kids with a climbing wall, mist feature, adventure golf and beautiful landscaped gardens. Or for the more adventurous, Barry Island Pleasure Park offers thrilling rides. https://www.visitthevale.com/en/Destinations/Barry-Island.aspx
Gavin and Stacey: Of course, our beautiful Barry is home to the cult TV show Gavin & Stacey. And with James Corden and Ruth Jones recently announcing a new Christmas special, don’t miss out on seeing the set for yourself whilst you’re here! If you don’t know the location of all the scenes, this tour company with take you on a 3-hour tour: https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/barry-l859/gavin-and-stacey-tour-t11270/ Lush, innit?!
Try and impress the locals with these handy Welsh phrases:
- Bore da (boh-reh-dar) – Good Morning.
- Prynhawn da (prin-hown dar) – Good afternoon.
- Noswaith da (nos-why-th dar) – Good evening.
- Nos da (nos dar) – Goodnight.
- Shw mae (shoe-my) – How are you?
- Diolch (dee-olch with the ‘ch’ making a noise like you’re clearing your throat) – Thank You.
- Croeso (Kroy-so) – Welcome / You’re welcome.
- Hwyl (hoil) – Bye.
- Cwtch (Cootch) – A Welsh hug… Only the Welsh can do it, but you’ll get a good response.
- Iechyd da! (Yekid dar) – Cheers! (when drinking). It actually means ‘Good Health’.
Enjoy Your Visit and we’ll see you all on the 4th July!