Make The Most Of World Cup 2019 In Wales

Unpredictable victories, stellar performances, teary eyes, and joyful cheers- sports tournaments are a combination of all of this and much more. As 30th May 2019 marks the beginning of a splendid cricket extravaganza- the 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 across 12 stadiums in England and Wales, cricket enthusiasts from across the world have geared up to experience all of it once again. 

With an all-new format wherein every team will get a chance to contest in nine group games and the four leading teams will advance to the knockouts, spectators are guaranteed to witness higher cricket standards at this grand round-robin league. Not only is the format unique, the number of teams also have been reduced from 14 to 10 for the first time ever at an ICC Cricket World Cup. Considering the fact that this magnificent sports league is being hosted at some of the world’s most touristy locations, here’s your guide on how to make the best of your trip to Wales as you enjoy this larger-than-life cricket fiesta.

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What’s the match schedule in Wales?

The 16,000 seater stadium at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales is going to host four ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches. The cost of tickets for these matches varies from £6 (INR 543) to £125 (INR 11,333) depending upon the match and the class of ticket you opt for. The schedule for the same is as follows:

Match Date Time
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka June 01, Saturday 15:00 (IST), 10:30 (local)
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka June 04, Tuesday 15:00 (IST), 10:30 (local)
England vs Bangladesh June 08, Saturday 15:00 (IST), 10:30 (local)
South Africa vs Afghanistan June 15, Saturday 18:00 (IST), 13:30 (local)

Now that you know when the matches are going to be held in Wales, plan your trip to the beautiful country to watch your favorite players compete and do keep some free time to explore the numerous attractions the city has to offer.

Where to stay near the Match venue?

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As most of the matches are going to be hosted early in the morning, it is advisable to find an accommodation near the Sophia gardens so that traveling to the venue is easy and you don’t miss on the beginning of the match. Many stay options are available near the stadium. If you are looking for luxury stay options, Sophia Gardens Apartment, Hilton Cardiff, voco St. David's Cardiff, and Park Plaza Hotel Cardiff and Clayton Hotel Cardiff are some great options located just about 5 to 10 minutes away from the stadium. For travelers on a budget, the nearest options include Ibis Cardiff Hotel, Black door apartments, Mrs. Potts hostel, and Nomad backpacker.

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How to reach the match venue?

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With Sophia gardens located not far away from the city center, the stadium is quite easily accessible. If you plan your stay at the nearby hotels, you can choose to walk or cycle to the venue. Cardiff also offers a comprehensive bus service and buses 25, 62 and 63 have stops near the stadium. A cost-effective and easy way to reach the stadium via public transport is by using the local train. Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street stations are just 10 to 15 minutes walk from Sophia Gardens. Alternatively, you can hire the black taxis or private taxis to travel to and from the match venue.

What events should I attend while attending the World Cup?

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While you will be attending the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Wales, numerous events will adorn the beautiful city of Cardiff. Check out what all the city has in store for you!

  • BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Witness opera and concert works being complimented by symphony orchestra at this singing fiesta in Cardiff. You will get to watch 20 world-class singers competing in one of a kind singing competition here. So if you are a music fanatic, this one’s definitely worth your time. 

When? Saturday 15 June 2019 - Saturday 22 June 2019

Where? St David's Hall

  • Tafwyl Fair

A unique event with stalls and fair promoting Welsh produce, the Tafwyl fair is one grand celebration with cookery, music, literary sessions, drama, art, and workshops. The main stage will be as lively as it could get featuring artist performances from the Welsh pop arena, street entertainment, dance sessions, children’s activities, acoustic sessions, sports fields and a lot more. 

When? Saturday 22 June 2019 - Sunday 23 June 2019

Where? Castle Street

  • The Gin and Rum Festival

Get a chance to explore 60 varying kinds of gin and rum at one of UK’S largest gin and rum festival. A well-informed guide will take you on a spectacular journey through different products and their origin. Expect live entertainment and music, and don’t forget to take along your dancing shoes to enjoy this event to the fullest. 

When? Friday, June 28, 2019

Where? 113 - 116 Bute St

What to do if I have some free time before or after the match?

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While the first three matches in Wales begin early in the morning and the last one starts late in the evening, you might get some free time to explore the local attractions of the city. Whether you are a history fanatic or a shopping lover, some of the city’s best places are located within a distance of 1 mile from the stadium. So check out these places to visit and things to do near the match venue if you get some time off and are in the mood of exploring.

  • Witness the history and splendor of Wales at the Cardiff Castle

Distance from Sophia Garden? 0.6 miles

A major heritage landmark loaded with parklands, Cardiff Castle is a must-visit when in Wales. This medieval castle has over 2,000 years of history and you get to witness battlements, Victorian apartments, wartime shelters and an incredible city view from the castle. Pick up an audio guide to best explore this marvel and its secrets. 

  • Take a peaceful stroll through the riverside Bute Park

Distance from Sophia Garden? 0.6 miles

With an extensive range of trees, wildlife, and play features, cafes, and an education center, Bute Park is a serene and interesting place if you want to escape the city buzzing with tourists during the World Cup. Nestled in the heart of the city, Bute Park shares a common history with Cardiff Castle and over 1,000,000 tourists visit this landscape location every year. 

  • Watch an amalgamation of history and art at the National Museum Cardiff 

Distance from Sophia Garden? 0.9 miles

Founded in 1905, the National Museum in Cardiff is the ideal place to taste both the history and art of the area. Housing collections of geology, zoology, archeology, botany, and fine and applied art, this museum and art gallery is a must visit. A gallery dedicated to the British patronage, french art, paintings, and 20th-century art makes this museum a fascinating place you will cherish exploring on your visit to Cardiff. 

  • Treat your taste buds with the scrumptious cuisines in Cardiff

Distance from Sophia Garden? 0.4 to 0.7 miles

The city of Cardiff is loaded with venues to treat the foodie in you. Multiple cuisines- from Indian, Chinese and Italian to Japanese and seafood are available here. Whether you choose to visit the exotic locations or the local food stalls, you are sure to be left delighted. Head to Wok-ker Shaker for Malaysian delights, Chai street for Indian food, Vivo Latino for South American cuisine and Sully’s Cafe for an authentic local delicacy.

  • Go on a shopping spree at Queen Street

Distance from Sophia Garden? 0.8 miles

An entire street awaits you with a range of retail giants offering an extensive variety of products. Home to fashionable stores and brands, the street is sure to satisfy the shopper in you. This largely pedestrianized area is nestled in the city center close to the Sophia garden making it accessible for tourists wanting to enjoy shopping before or after the match.

  • Explore the wonders of contemporary art at the Chapter Arts Center

Distance from Sophia Garden? 0.7 miles

A multi-artform space providing an opportunity to witness international art, films, and performances, Chapter Arts Center presents creativity like no one. This entertainment venue is meant for people of all age groups and the cafe on location best complements the magical performances you get to witness here. Visit this arts center if you are an art fanatic and wish to see unique theater, cinema, craft or contemporary culture. 

What if I have one free day to explore Cardiff?

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If you have an entire day to spend in Cardiff, the city’s numerous attractions, shopping arena, and historical places are sure to keep you engaged. You can choose from the numerous Cardiff tours that combine the best of food, sightseeing and natural attractions of the city. If you do not wish to opt for a tour and want to explore the city on your own, here’s what you should do in one day!

  • Spend the morning exploring the city center and shopping at ultra-trendy streets

Marvelous attractions which are an amalgamation of history, art, and culture adorn the city center of Cardiff. You can explore the historic Cardiff Castle where dramatic roman history dating back to over 2,000 years awaiting to fascinate you, and as you leave the castle, you can take a serene stroll through the Bute Park. Then you can head over to St Mary Street, High Street Arcade or the New York Deli and shop to your heart’s content at the numerous flashy and trendy stores located in there. 

  • Take a break and grab a bite of delicious delicacies

After having explored the historical area of Cardiff and shopping from the most high-end brands, head to one of the many eating giants and treat your taste buds with cuisines from across the world. Some good options to stop by include La Citta for Italian delicacies, Madame Fromage for mouth-watering Welsh, Wally’s or Madeira for multi-cuisine options and New York Deli for fast-food. The area around Cardiff Castle is loaded with restaurants to choose from so take a break from exploring and grab some scrumptious cuisines. 

  • Catch a game at the Millennium Stadium or travel through time at the National Museum

The Millenium stadium is the hub for sporting events in the city. So in case you fancy sports and the adrenaline rush, head over to this stadium and catch a game of rugby and experience a carnival-like atmosphere. If any sporting event is not happening at the ground around that time, you can head to the National Museum. The museum is loaded with historical heritage and works of art which are sure to leave you fascinated. 

  • Spend a serene evening by the Cardiff Waterfront

Once you are done spending a tiring day getting around the city, head to the Cardiff bay to spend a calm evening. You can take a boat trip on the crystal-clear waters of the bay or head to the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve and watch birds amidst the calm atmosphere. From the waters, you also get to look at the iconic landmarks of the city and the guided boat tours are ideal to know about the heritage buildings in there. 

  • End the day exploring the nightlife of Cardiff

The area around the Cardiff Bay is loaded with restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs ideal to watch the buzzing nightlife of the city. Head to the mermaid quay and an array of options await you with their happening ambiance and delicious food. Some popular hangout options in there include Moksh, Las Iguanas Cardiff, Yakitori 1, Duchess of Delhi and La Marina Restaurant.

If you wish to explore the city for more days during the world cup, you can check out Cardiff itineraries or create your own plan to make the best of your trip to Wales. 

The city of Cardiff has options for everyone- from history buffs and art lovers to the foodies and water enthusiasts. So make the best of the world cup season and soak in the local vibes apart from having a gala time at the Sophia Gardens where four matches are set to fill the stadium with enthusiasm and cricket fever like none other! 

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