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The Welsh have a well-earned party animal reputation and it's plain to see why when you head out to play in Cardiff. But this is a capital city that's just as fun to explore by day, as it is by night.
A famously fun nightlife scene with a welcoming atmosphere for stag groups
A compact city, which is a doddle to navigate (making it easier to walk between the best pubs and bars)
All the great stag activities plus plenty of uniquely Welsh experiences to try
The Welsh wonder of Cardiff really has it all: iconic central landmarks such as Cardiff Castle and The Principality 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 that it runs like clockwork.
Getting to Cardiff
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 truly 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 approximately 40 minutes. A train takes around the same time as the bus, but will have a bigger impact on your pocket.
If you’re driving in, you won’t have any difficulty finding secure public car parks. The Westgate Street NCP in the city centre, for instance, has more than 300 spaces and costs around £30 for 24-hour 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.
If walking’s not for you, then there’s plenty of buses available covering multiple routes to get you to your destination that bit quicker. It’s worth noting that most city centre buses operate in an anti-clockwise direction and in terms of paying, you can just tap on and off with your card. Be sure to check out the Cardiff Bus and Stagecoach websites for more info on fares, in addition to times and routes.
You can also get around Cardiff by train, with around 20 stops in the city. The main stops you need are Cardiff Central, and Queen Street. The latter station is also where you get the train for Europe's largest waterfront development, Cardiff Bay.
As you’d expect from the nation’s capital, there are taxi ranks placed around all the key areas that stag groups will be likely to frequent, 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 OVO 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, a bustling waterfront development which is home to a huge range of bars, restaurants, hotels, tours and attractions, as well as cultural landmarks such as Wales' national art hub, the Millennium Centre.
The Best Stag Do Ideas in Cardiff
Get set for an epic adventure at Cardiff’s premier paintballing site! This awesome venue features six unique and immersive zones, including the historically influenced ‘D-Day Landings Zone’, along with a ‘Bridge Too Far’, where you’ll find three, colossal bridges. You’ll be provided with all the necessary kit and equipment, and will be given a safety briefing before you’re all let loose. This action packed experience lasts for around three hours and you’ll each be equipped with 100 paintballs too - let the paint based mayhem begin!
Relive those gaming glory days with this brilliant arcade experience in Cardiff! NQ64 is the ultimate spot to head to with your mates for a bit of retro nostalgia, where you can settle old scores and have a drink while you’re at it! You’ll find all the greats here, including the likes of Super Mario, Street Fighter 2, Pacman and Mortal Combat - or fast forward to the 00s where you’ll be able to take on DancingStage Euromix or Guitar Hero. Whether you were a Sega Mega drive devotee, an N64 aficionado or a Playstation fanatic, you’ll love this retro arcade where you’ll enjoy a real blast from the past!
Drink? Check. Awesome atmosphere? Check. A massive variety of games? CHECK. If you’re looking to inject a bit of competitive fun into your stag do, then Cardiff’s Boom Battle Bar is the place for you. Here, you and the lads will be able to get stuck into a great range of brilliant games, including augmented reality darts, axe throwing, crazy golf, ping pong and pool. We offer a variety of packages at this venue, with something for every stag group. What’s more, each package also comes with an incredible £100 bar tab - yep, you heard that right! Whilst food isn’t included in our offered packages, you will be able to order some tasty bites on the day for an additional cost if you’re feeling peckish. Just make sure you bring your A game along, as serious bragging rights are up for grabs.
Ready for a whole host of hilariously daft games in the Valleys? We thought so! Introducing, The Welsh Games, perfect for those stag groups who are up for a laugh and don’t take themselves too seriously. During this jam-packed experience, you and rest of the stags will take on nine, completely bonkers games; from the giant bungee challenge and sheep shenanigans, right through to the Welsh celebrity knockout launch - they’re all here! This side-splitting activity is a brilliant choice for groups celebrating a stag do in Cardiff, and what better way to make the most of this top destination than with something that’s erm, quintessentially Welsh?
Fancy a kick about that’s different to the norm? Then this brilliant session of bubble football will be right up your street! Sure, it’s silly, but it’s going to be a right laugh as you and your mates throw inflatable zorbs over your top halves, so only your legs are sticking out! Get ready to bump and crash around as you get involved in a variety of football based games, which includes Bulldog, Last Man Standing and Capture The Flag. A friendly activity coordinator will host and ensure everything runs smoothly. So what are you waiting for? Add a little footie action to your stag do and let the good times (and yourselves) roll!
Spice things up during the Cardiff stag do with this striptease life drawing session. However you look at it, it’s the perfect way to stitch up the stag or give him a nice treat on his last hurrah as a single man. Just imagine the look on his face when you’re seated for the class and a sizzling hot goddess emerges and starts performing a sensual and sexy striptease routine. If that’s not enough, she’ll then pose for your life drawing class, where you’ll be able to sketch her womanly curves and create a masterpiece!
Get those engines revving lads, because we’ve got a wicked session of go karting lined up for your big weekend in Cardiff! Look forward to some high octane thrills at this top indoor track that’s just 1.4 miles from the city centre. Prepare to feel the adrenaline flood through your body as you take on multi level flyovers and mega straights, along with a whole host of insanely tight hairpins and challenging corners - reckon you’ve got what it takes? A safety briefing will be provided from your instructor, along with race suits, overalls and helmet. Ready to see who’s the best driver once and for all? It’s time to put your down!
If you’re looking for something that’s less adrenaline fuelled that doesn’t compromise on the excitement, then how about checking out one of Cardiff’s challenging escape rooms? You and the rest of your group will need to work together as a team, in order to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and clues. You’ll have to put your head’s together and use your wit and logic to unravel the answers. Remember, there’s no time to dawdle, as you’ll be racing against the clock. Reckon you’ve got what it takes to break free? Then round up your crew and prepare to face the unknown with one of these exciting escape room experiences!
A bar crawl should really come as standard for a stag do, but we know you’re not looking for standard; you want an experience that’s a cut above the rest! That’s why our guided bar crawls in Cardiff are so popular. Here, you and the rest of the lads will be taken on a tour of the city’s top watering holes and party spots, where you’ll be able to sink drinks and shots of all manners. But best of all? Some of our bar crawls are even hosted by gorgeous, bubbly ladies, who know a thing or two about an epic night out in Cardiff. Choose from our Bar Crawl Beauties tour or our Bar Crawl Bunnies and get ready to amp up the fun!
If extreme thrills are what you’re after for the stag do, then it’s worth considering some of Cardiff’s more adventurous activities. We’ve got loads available here, but one that’s loved by stag groups alike is white water rafting. It’ll get that adrenaline pumping through your entire body as you and your mates navigate some serious rapids. But you won’t be left to fend for yourselves, as you’ll be guided by a white water rafting pro, who will instruct you during the experience. It’s a real buzz and you’ll all work together, dealing with risks as a team and having a blast as you go. There’s showers onsite, along with a cafe, so you’ll be able to warm up and fend off any hunger pangs afterwards!
Other Stag Do Ideas in Cardiff
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, with the tournament taking place in February and March, and the atmosphere about as electric as it gets. It's a grand day out even if you're not rugby fans, but of course tickets are not easy to come by!
Or 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 all getting active. There’s everything from Bubble Football and Quad Biking, to Paintball and Clay Pigeon Shooting.
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.
We’ve already mentioned that Cardiff is an awesome night out and now here’s the details you need - these are our top picks for the ultimate night out in this cracking city!
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 mainstream clubs PRYZM and Tiger Tiger on Greyfriars Road, which is also home to plenty of buzzing 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.
Cocktails and Craft Beers
For a wide range of delicious cocktails, head for the Alchemist on St Mary Street, or the Botanist on Church Street, while you can find a selection of craft beers at Westgate Street's Tiny Rebel. If you like to mix your drinks with some gaming, then check out NQ64, with its collection of classic arcade games and brilliant array of booze.
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 epic stag weekends since 2004, we’ve got a great idea of the best things to do on a Cardiff stag do and can help you to book in a full itinerary featuring all the classic bestsellers such as Paintball, Quad Biking, Go-Karting and 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’ll get wetsuited up, scramble over rocks and jump 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 - funny memories are 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 best possible choice and cheapest possible rates available 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 to think ahead and sort your own transport.
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.
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