In 2017, England stole victory with a last gasp Elliot Daly try in Cardiff which means the energy, passion and emotion will be at fever pitch for England’s return next season. There is something about Cardiff: The rugby history, the steaming passion, the hymns and the songs – it is one of the most evocative occasions in the rugby calendar and England will know what to expect.
Principality Stadium has already sealed a place in rugby history. The foundations of this atmospheric ground have been shaken to the core twice as Wales secured Six Nation Grand Slam victories here in 2005 and 2012.
Situated a stone's throw from Cardiff Central Station, it is the second largest sports venue in the world with a fully retractable roof. Built to replace the Arms Park, it opened with rugby (Wales beating South Africa) before becoming the primary host venue for Rugby World Cup 1999 where Australia overhauled France in the final.
Since then Test matches and Celtic League and Heineken Cup ties have been held at the grounds. The stadium is the home of the Welsh rugby union team, who play all of their home fixtures at the venue.
In 2014 the stadium hosts both the Amlin and Heineken Cup finals and the November Tests against the Southern Hemisphere and Wales will play all their home fixtures in the 2018 6 Nations Championship at the stadium.
Situated in Cardiff’s city centre, Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ must visit tourist attractions and enjoys a history spanning nearly 2000 years. The highlight at the castle is a guided tour of the spectacular castle apartments. They were created in the 19th century by eccentric architect William Burges for the very rich Third Marquess of Bute. Designed as a medieval fairytale home, the rooms are filled with ornate fireplaces, gilded ceilings, intricate stained glass and carved and painted animals throughout.
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, natural history and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. If you want to stand and stare, there’s plenty to please your eye – from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs or for exploring you can pick up a range of gallery trails to guide you around the Museum. The Art collection at the new National Museum of Art, within the same building, is one of Europe’s finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist works.
Cardiff Bay is a diverse waterfront built around a 200 hectare freshwater lake known as ‘the Bay’. Visitors will find a great mix of Cardiff attractions, entertainment and events, coupled with vibrant bars and shops that create a truly unique atmosphere worthy of this capital city! There are lots of things to do in Cardiff Bay, making it one of the most interesting places to visit in Wales. From the restored symbols of Cardiff's glorious yesterdays, rich in history and culture, to the exciting vision of the future captured in the Waterfront's fantastic style and architecture.
The reception reserved for England is special in its own right and you can be sure Eddie Jones will have his men revved up for the occasion for what could be one of the defining games of the tournament.