Wales vs Barbarians in Cardiff road closures, parking, trains and travel information

ByRochelle W. Stone

Nov 29, 2019

Wales will face the Barbarians in a double Saturday, November 30 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

It will be Wayne Pivac’s first game in charge of the men’s team, while opposition coach Warren Gatland will have his last chance to say thank you to Welsh fans after he leaves the role.

Wales women kick off 11:45 a.m. before Wayne Pivac’s team gets started 2:45 p.m. to start up.

There will be a complete closure of the downtown road from 11:15 a.m. up to 6 p.m. for reasons of public safety.

And as Christmas approaches, you can expect the Welsh capital to be busy with shoppers as well.

Those attending rugby matches are strongly advised to leave large bags at home. You can find a complete list of prohibited items on the Principality Stadium website .

Here’s everything you need to know about road closures, parking and getting around Cardiff on Saturday.

Road closures

From the start of the day, Scott Road and Park Street will be closed due to the need to prepare gate five and protect queuing fans.

The following roads will be closed as part of the complete downtown road closure, which will begin to 11:15 a.m. :

  • Kingsway from its junction with North Road to its junction with Duke Street.

  • Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Cathedral Road to its junction with Westgate Street.

  • Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road to its junction with Wood Street (Access for residents and traders will be permitted via Fitzhammon Embankment.)

  • Rue Plantagenet and Rue Beauchamp from their junctions with Place Despenser at their junctions with Rue Tudor (access to residents and merchants will be authorized.)

  • The following roads will be closed in their entirety: Duke Street, Castle St, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Route .

Civic Center: Access to part of the Civic Center will be controlled throughout the day, with access allowed only for event parking, limited parking for commuters, loading, and access to private parking lots.

The affected roads include: King Edward VII Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, College Road and Gorsedd Gardens Road.

If there are safety concerns with the crowds queuing to enter the site before the gates open, it may be necessary to close Wood Street and Westgate Street earlier, along with adjacent lane restrictions at Gate 1 on Cowbridge Road East.

If there are security concerns with the queue system at Cardiff Central Station, Wood Street, Westgate Street, Park Street, Havelock Street, St Mary Street, Penarth Road, Saunders Road and Customhouse Street will remain closed until the security concerns are resolved. .

The trains

Network Rail informs all customers that there is no engineering work planned for this event.

Passengers are advised to plan their trip in advance on the National Railway website or by calling Travel Line Cymru on 0800 464 0000.

Transport for Wales advises all customers that trains in the Cardiff area should be kept busy all day. Those traveling to town to watch the game are advised to allow sufficient time for their travel.

There will also be a comprehensive crowd management system in Cardiff Central. All Valley Line services will depart from the rear of the station at the Penarth Road car park.

Services will have additional capacity where possible, officials said.

Cardiff Queen Street Station will close to outgoing customers at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a post-match queue system in place at Cardiff Central.

Visit the Transport For Wales website for all the details.

Inside the Principality Stadium on the occasion of its 20th anniversary:

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Car park

Civic Center Event Day Parking

The car park will open at 8 a.m. and close at midnight.

It will cost you £ 12 pre-booking here or £ 15 payable the same day at the car park (cash only).

Sophia Gardens event day parking

The car park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at midnight. It is £ 15 payable the same day at the car park (cash only).

The Jardins Sophia car park will be kept until 7 p.m. and all vehicles will be left on site at the owner’s risk and peril. Cardiff Council will not be held responsible for any theft or damage to motor vehicles or personal effects. Any vehicle left in the car park after closing time will be penalized.

Parking Purchases

If you are heading to Cardiff for Christmas shopping, shoppers are advised to use the dedicated Shopping Park & ​​Ride sites at Pentwyn or County Hall.

City center parking is also available at North Road, St David’s Shopping Center, John Lewis, Capitol Shopping Center and NCP (Adam Street, Dumfries Place and Greyfriars Road) parking lots.

Disabled parking

Disabled drivers are welcome to use Sophia Gardens. Parking spaces for people with reduced mobility are also available in various private car parks.

Please check the availability of individual websites.


An amusement park is available in Leckwith and can be reached from junction 33 of the M4, then follow signs to the site.

To pre-book, Click here .

If guests book in advance, they are required to print the pre-booking confirmation and give it to staff on site upon arrival. The drop-off point is Fitzhamon Embankment.

The Park and Ride is 2.5 km from the city center, which takes around 10 to 15 minutes.

If you pre-book the cost is £ 8 or £ 10 payable same day (cash only). Staff will arrive at the car park at 8:30 am, the site will open at 9:00 am and the first bus will leave at 9:00 am. The last bus will leave the pick-up at the pick-up point at 6.30 p.m. with the car park closing at 7 p.m.


Cardiff Bus advises customers that city center services will be relocated from 11:15 am to 6:15 pm. Buses moved from stops within the closure will be moved to Churchill Way for the east, Greyfriars Road for the north or Tudor Street for the west.

Please visit the relevant bus operator’s website for more information on your specific bus routes.

Visit the Cardiff Bus website to find out more details .

National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual.


The St Mary Street taxi rank (outside House of Fraser) will close at 11:15 am and reopen at 6:00 pm.