Royal Visit to Cardiff – road closures and travel advice
Written by Gavin on 14th September 2022
With Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort visiting Cardiff on Friday, September 16, a number of roads will be closed to facilitate the event and to keep the public safe.
All those travelling to Cardiff for the Royal Visit are advised to plan their journey in advance and leave plenty of time to get into the city and where possible, use public transport.
Local residents in Cardiff are strongly encouraged to leave their car at home and either take the bus, train or walk and cycle if they are able.
Accessibility and opportunities for viewing and parking may be limited, particularly for the Llandaff event where several road closures and parking restrictions have already been put in place. Better opportunities to see the Royal Party will be available at the castle and the Senedd.
Work is ongoing with the Welsh Government and South Wales Police to manage any congested areas, with significant numbers of stewards drafted in alongside police officers to help keep the public safe.
Our advice is to plan ahead, dress for the weather, bring plenty of water, prepare for long periods of standing, expect crowds and watch out for those around you and with you. More details on the visit will be published as soon as we are allowed.
From 6am until 6pm on Friday September 16th, the following roads will be closed:
- North Road between Boulevard de Nantes and Kingsway
- Kingsway from North Road to Duke Street
- Duke Street throughout its length
- Castle Street throughout its length
- Wood Street between Westgate Street and St Mary Street
- St Mary Street from Custom House Street to High Street
- High Street throughout its length.
- Wood Street
- Westgate Street
- Cowbridge Road East between Westgate Street and Cathedral Road but access will be maintained.
As a contingency, if large crowds materialise, then the following road closures may be put in place:
- Lloyd George Avenue throughout its length
- Herbert Street between Lloyd George Avenue and Callaghan Square
- Callaghan Square from Dumball’s Road to Bute Street
- Full length of St Mary Street until Callaghan Square.
From 6am until 6pm on Friday, September 16th, the following roads will be closed:
- Sophia Close – service users must use the pay & display can park accessed via Cowbridge Road East
- Limetree Avenue – exit for the campsite will be via Dogo Street
The following roads are already closed and will not re-open to motor vehicles until Saturday, September 17th:
- High Street
- Heol Fair
- Cathedral Green
Access is currently being controlled into the area for those on foot, or on bike, with alternative parking available for motorists at the pay & display car park and on Fairwater Road. On-site staff are assisting the public and businesses with the road closure arrangements
From Thursday, September 15thAT 8pm until Friday, September 16that 4pm, the following roads will be closed in their entirety:
- High Street
- Heol Fair
- Cathedral Green
- Heol-y-Pavin (access maintained)
- Bridge Street (access maintained)
If large crowds attend, the following roads will also be closed:
- Cardiff Road from the junction with Llantrisant Road to the junction with Western Avenue
- Fairwater Road to the junction with Pwllmelin Road (access maintained)
The following roads are already closed and will not re-open to motor vehicles until Friday afternoon:
- Harbour drive
- Britannia Quay
On Friday 16 September, train services into Cardiff are expected to be busy. The nearest train stations to Llandaff Cathedral are and . However, it is recommended that passengers wishing to travel to Llandaff from use a local bus service visit for local bus timetables.
There isn’t an event parking facility for this event, but all on-street parking is available in the city centre, Cardiff Bay and in the Civic Centre, as well as private car parks, including:
North Road Car Parks, St David’s Shopping Centre, John Lewis, Capitol Shopping Centre, and NCP (Adam Street, Dumfries Place and Greyfriars Road.)
Bus services will be diverted while the city centre road closures are in place
Please visit the relevant bus operator’s website for more information about your specific bus routes.
Between Wednesday, September 14thand Friday morning on September 16th, the drop off and pick up point for National Express Services will be on Cathedral Road and not in Sophia Gardens.
- St Mary Street taxi rank (outside the House of Fraser) will be closed from 6am until 6pm on Friday September 16th.