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    27 Things Guaranteed To Happen Every Match Day In Cardiff

    Inflatable daffodils and singing. Everywhere.

    1. Firstly, match day is a huge deal in Cardiff.

    2. Every spare bit of space has a coach parked on it.

    3. People in Wales are pretty chipper anyway, but on match day there’s definitely a sense of camaraderie in the air.

    4. Getting public transport is like attempting The Crystal Maze.

    5. There’s always a group of baffled tourists desperately fighting against the crowds like salmon swimming upstream.

    6. It's the perfect opportunity for people to show off their collection of novelty apparel.

    7. But everyone will wear "smart" shoes, just in case clubbing is on the cards after the match.

    8. Every drinking establishment will suddenly have a toilet attendant.

    9. People will queue for ages to get a wobbly-looking dragon painted on their faces.

    10. The city is suddenly overrun with merch vendors.

    11. You’ll probably trip over an inflatable sheep.

    12. You’ll probably knee a child in the face, because small children + big crowds = an accident waiting to happen.

    13. Everything is a queue.

    14. Glasses are replaced by plastic cups.

    15. Getting a seat in a pub is a military operation.

    16. There are bouncers EVERYWHERE.

    17. You can tell the time by how drunk people are.

    18. Booming roars erupt from nowhere.

    19. Good luck if musicals aren’t your bag, because there’s singing. Everywhere. All the time.

    20. Garbage Island has nothing on Cardiff after match day.

    21. Differences are set aside.

    22. After the match huge crowds of people spill through the city’s main exit points like a scene from a dystopian movie.

    23. The police spend most of their time being in photos, because apparently visitors don't have police where they're from.

    24. You won't be able to get a table in a restaurant, so you’ll definitely eat chips on the street.

    25. The locals stay home.

    26. Because getting home is a mission.

    This was the queue for a taxi in Cardiff city centre last night #crazy #WALvENG http://t.co/xMQHhDeEvV

    After match day available taxis are like unicorns. Everyone’s heard of them but no-one’s actually seen one with their own eyes, and if you do get one it’s nothing short of a miracle.

    27. But it’s all worth the faff, because there’s nowhere else to experience a match day atmosphere quite like Cardiff.