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The Welsh have a well-earned reputation as big partyers, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Cardiff. A city that is just as fun to explore by night as it is by day.
The Welsh wonder of Cardiff really has it all: iconic landmarks such as Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium, thrilling daytime stag activities, and an equally buzzing nightlife scene packed with bars and clubs that are bursting with atmosphere. We’re certain that you and your friends will enjoy a thoroughly entertaining stag weekend in Cardiff, and we’re here to ensure it runs like clockwork.
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Cardiff, on the south coast of Wales, is two-and-a-half hours by train from London, and about four hours away by car. So it’s very easy to get there without the need to fly, and both journeys take you through some beautiful scenery. If you are flying though, expect to pay £40 or so for a taxi from the airport, or £5 for a single on the T9 bus that whisks you into the city centre in 40 minutes. A train takes around the same time.
If you’re driving in, you won’t have any difficulty finding secure public car parks. The NCP Westgate Street in the city centre, for instance, has more than 300 spaces and costs around £25 for 24-hr parking. We can also book Cardiff stag accommodation with parking for you - just let us know your needs.
When it comes to your stag activities in Cardiff, if they’re out in the countryside then you can either make your own way, or we can arrange convenient door-to-door transfers for you. Remember that major events like Six Nations rugby matches (February - March) and Pride Cymru (August) take over the city and can make parking more difficult.
As Cardiff is not a large city, you’ll find that it’s extremely easy to navigate, and most of the city can be explored by foot. There are several fully pedestrianised areas. Having said that, there are plenty of buses available which cover multiple routes to get you to your destination a little quicker. It’s worth noting that most city centre buses operate in an anti-clockwise direction and only accept exact change, so pay by card or have your shrapnel at the ready, and check out the Cardiff Bus and Stagecoach website for times and routes.
You can also get around Cardiff by train, with around 20 stops in the city. In the city centre. The main stops you need are Cardiff Central, and Queen Street. The latter station is also where you get the train for Cardiff Bay.
As you’d expect from the nation’s capital, there are taxi ranks placed around all the key areas stag groups will be thinking about, such as Cardiff Central station, Wood Street, St. Mary Street and Mill Lane. Private hire cabs are also available too of course.
Other ways to get around Cardiff include rental bikes, which can be picked up and dropped off at locations around the city. Use the Nextbike app to quickly unlock them and you’re on your way. Cardiff is nice and flat, so even if you’ve had a skinful the night before it shouldn’t be too exhausting.
Lastly, the Waterbus must be mentioned. Boat taxis get you from Bute Park in the city centre over to Cardiff Bay which is Europe’s largest waterfront development and where you’ll find a range of bars, restaurants and cultural landmarks such as the Millennium Centre.
Much of Cardiff’s history and culture revolves around its sporting heritage, so why not incorporate this into your stag weekend? The Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) is one of the most impressive architectural icons in Wales and the central focus of Cardiff’s sporting scene – if your stag do falls at the right time, then you may be able to enjoy a match whilst you’re here. The Six Nations is the biggie of course, the tournament taking place in February and March, and the atmosphere is wild. A grand day out even if you're not rugby fans!
But perhaps your group would prefer to be in the thick of the action themselves, not simply spectating. In which case, talk to us about some of our fantastic Cardiff stag experiences that involve you getting active. There’s everything from Bubble Football to Quad Biking, Paintball and Clay Pigeon Shooting.
But some of the activities in Cardiff that we love the most are the water-based experiences that you only rarely find elsewhere. Think Coasteering, Gorge Walking or even White Water Rafting - BIG thrills in the glorious Welsh countryside and bound to leave the whole group with a serious thirst, as well as some great memories to recount on wedding day.
Then there’s the unashamedly bonkers Welsh Games, which see you battling it out across a series of ridiculous challenges like bashing each other with giant leeks, sheep rodeo, and the rugby run. As with every activity that The Stag Company organises for you, if you want to have complete peace of mind then let us organise the activity transfers on your behalf.
Another of the best things to do on a Cardiff stag weekend is to take the 30-minute train to Barry Island, famous for its Gavin & Stacey connection, as well as the amusement park and funfair rides. Lush.
Lastly, if you’re keen on getting to know Cardiff a little while sampling the beer in some brilliant pubs at the same time, then why not try the Treasure Hunt Pub Challenge? This activity is perfect for groups that love a little healthy competition and also works as a solid icebreaker if there are members of the group who do not know each other that well. If you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a big night out though, you might want to take the day at your own pace!
We’ve already mentioned that Cardiff is an awesome night out. Now here’s the details you need. The best places in Cardiff for nightlife are in the city centre, such as the old Brewery Quarter, Mill Lane, and the Castle Quarter. In the Castle Quarter there are lots of cool independent bars, as well as the (in)famous St Mary Street, and Revolution (a good spot for dinner, right opposite the beautiful Cardiff Castle). You’ll find popular clubs PRYZM and Tiger Tiger on Greyfriars Road, which also has plenty of bars. In Cardiff Bay, the action takes place around Mermaid Quay, but in our view the best night out for stags is to be found in the city centre.
For a wide range of delicious cocktails, head for the Alchemist or the Botanist, while you can find a selection of craft beers at Tiny Rebel. And if you like to mix your drinks with some gaming, then check out Kongs, with its collection of classic arcade games.
We recommend getting your stag night out underway with a visit to one of Cardiff’s hottest pre-club bars, Revolution. Here, you’ll be able to eat, drink and party the night away - we can reserve you a table so there’s no waiting around. After that, why not pay a visit to PRYZM, where you and the lads can throw some serious shapes on the dancefloor as this club caters for everyone’s music tastes. We can sort you out a booth package where you can enjoy that bling-bling VIP treatment and end the night on a high.
What is there to do in Cardiff at night?
There’s so much to do at night on a Cardiff stag do, you’ll wish your mate was getting married every year. Our suggestion: start the night with a bite to eat somewhere lively, such as Revolution or the Slug and Lettuce - we can reserve you a table in advance to save time. After a few drinks there you can wander the bars along Greyfriars Road, or head for a cocktail bar such as the Botanist.
Then, depending on what the group is most interested in, you can head to a comedy club, a strip club, or one of Cardiff’s stag-friendly nightclubs like PRYZM. Whatever your group's tastes, we can arrange entry for you and the lads to save you the hassle.
What are the best stag activities near Cardiff?
As we’ve been organising them since 2002, we’ve got a full selection of the best things to do on a Cardiff stag do right here and waiting for you. You’ve got all the classics to choose from: Paintball, Quad Biking, Go-Karting, Strip Clubs.
But that’s not the half of it. One of the things we think makes Cardiff so special for stag weekends is the amazing array of outdoor activities in the magnificent surrounding countryside. For the active stag group, we’d recommend some action-packed Whitewater Rafting, or perhaps Coasteering, where you’re wetsuited up, and scrambling over rocks and jumping into the sea - just awesome fun.
You’ve also got the ludicrous, and ludicrously entertaining, Welsh Games here. Batter each other gladiator-style with a couple of leeks instead of pugil sticks; ride a woolly wobbler in the sheep rodeo, and take on the giant bungee challenge - fun guaranteed.
Then in the evenings, Cardiff’s legendary nightspots await…
Where are your stag do hotels?
We offer a range of Cardiff stag do accommodations to suit every budget. As a rule, we aim to place your group no more than a 10-20 minute walk, or a short taxi ride, from the main nightlife areas. We recommend booking early if you can, to ensure you have the most choice when it comes to hotels.
What are the best bars for a Cardiff stag do?
Cardiff has such an amazing nightlife scene that whatever ambience your group is after, you surely will not be disappointed. For a high-voltage atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with Revolution or the Slug and Lettuce, the gold standard for stag groups. Alternatively, sample a few specialist cocktails, prepared by expert bartenders, at the Alchemist or the Botanist. And if your group are avid gamers, why not try Kongs, on the renowned St Mary Street, where you can enjoy some retro arcade games with your craft beers?
How do we get to our activities?
If your stag activities are in central Cardiff then you can usually get to them on foot, or easily with the city’s many public transport options. If they’re further out, such as the Whitewater rafting, then you’ll need transport. You could either get there in your own vehicles, or we can book transfers for you. The advantages of this is that a) everyone can have a few drinks after the activity with no need to worry about driving back, and b) you can have peace of mind that your transport will conveniently get you door-to-door on schedule.
Do you offer any stag do packages for Cardiff?
Yes, we offer a full suite of Cardiff stag do packages designed to get you off to the best start when planning your weekend. These are an easy, cost-effective solution to ensure your group samples the best of the stag activities in Cardiff, and of course you can use them as the foundation, adding in more activities as you please.
How can we be sure our money is protected?
The Stag Company is ABTA-bonded. That means that not only must we abide by a strict code of regulations in the way we do business, but also that your money, and that of your friends, is completely safe.
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