The capital of Wales since only 1955, Cardiff has embraced the role with vigour, emerging in the new millennium as one of Britain’s leading urban centres. Caught between an ancient fort and an ultramodern waterfront, compact Cardiff seems to have surprised even itself with how interesting it has become. This newfound confidence of the city is infectious, and these days it’s not just the rugby that draws crowds into the city. Come the weekend, a buzz reverberates through the streets as swarms of shoppers hit the Hayes, followed by waves of revellers descending on the capital’s thriving pubs, bars and live-music venues.
This spectacular stadium squats like a stranded spaceship on the River Taff’s east bank. Rugby is the Welsh national game and when the crowd begins to sing at Millennium, the whole of Cardiff resonates. If you can’t get tickets to a match, it’s well worth taking a tour. During the tours you get to hang out in the dressing rooms, run through the tunnel to the recorded cheering of a game day crowd and sit in the VIP box. They last about an hour and are held several times a day, except on event days.