How to find us

** Due to major road re-structuring in Cardiff that took place during the lockdowns, please make extra preparations if driving to the hotel, it’s carnage even for us locals **

Castle Street is now open again to traffic but is primarily a bus route, please plan ahead and be cautious of bus lane priorities that may cause you a driving fine.

For the moment, you cannot draw up directly outside the hotel on either St Mary Street or Westgate Street due to the introduction of a bus only restriction. We are awaiting a compromise/solution from Cardiff council. The best option for now is to park in the NCP on Westgate Street and then make your way to the hotel (details below)


Whilst you can access the hotel through Castle Street, the volume of traffic sometimes causes gridlock.

We suggest that you approach the city from junction 33 of the M4, take the A4232 to either the city football stadium exit or travel its length to Cardiff Bay. If travelling from east of Cardiff, junction 33 means over-shooting the city but it’s simpler.

The exit for the football stadium (Cardiff City Stadium) will bring you across the city from the west, using postcode CF10 1TL will bring you on to the part of Castle Street that is still accessible and then on to Westgate Street from the north, the NCP carpark is on the left approximately half way down.

If you travel the extent of the A4232 to Cardiff Bay, you are then approaching the city centre from the south, the simplest option from there is to come up Corporation Road and on to Clare Road (lower St Mary Street is often closed to vehicles at the weekend).

Come up Corporation Road, up Clare Road, travel straight over the junction on to Clare Street, then turn right at the junction of Castle Street, on to Westgate Street from the north end.

Tudor Street is now inaccessible travelling from East to West whilst substantial roadworks are also taking place there.


Like most Cardiff city centre hotels, we have no onsite parking but we are just a few hundred metres from several parking options.

We can offer preferential overnight parking rates at the NCP multi storey car park further along Westgate Street (technically Quay Street) at CF10 1DZ. It’s roughly a 5 minute walk to the hotel. The hotel can provide a discount code to be used at the car park that reduces the 24hr rate to £14.95. This is now paid at the car park, not at the hotel and may need the use of an NCP App to gain the largest discount. Unfortunately, NCP often change their terms for business users without communication to those affected, we do try to keep up. If you have any questions regarding parking, please check the NCP website. We have no facility to pre-book spaces but that can be done directly with NCP.

There are several other parking options across the city, some of which are less expensive, some which are cheaper initially and then costs escalate quickly. Most parking in Cardiff is expensive. All parking is at your own risk.

There is a Park and Ride option. Buses drop off at Dumfries Place, approximately 15 minutes walk from the hotel through the pedestrianised shopping area.

*The hotels main address on St Mary Streeet is now a pedestrianised area with vehicle access only available between the early hours and until 10.00am – it is not suitable for arrival by car.

During large city events (especially rugby and concerts), most roads across the city centre will close to safeguard the large volume of pedestrians on the roads. Times and extent of road closures are always determined by Cardiff Council and are often decided with a short notice period.


Saturday 2nd September –  Speedway

Westgate Street and Wood Street will be closed in its entirety from 14.30pm – 21:30pm.

The following roads will also be closed in their entirety: Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate as they have an entry or exit from Westgate Street. Wood Street from Fizthammon Embankment through to St Marys junction of Mill Lane (walkabout), Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road, Despenser Gardens throughout. Central Square, Scott Road, Havelock Street and Park Street.


Additions: Civic Centre: Throughout will be closed with access to the Civic Centre will be closed from 5am and will be controlled, with access allowed only for event-day parking, limited commuter parking, loading and access to private car parks. Roads affected include King Edward VII Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, College Road & Gorsedd Gardens Road.


Sunday 3rd September – Cardiff 10K  – Full road closures will be implemented from 9am and will be clear no later than 1.00pm.


  • Between the hours of 9am and 13.00pm (on a rolling closure basis with roads reopening whenever possible) the race will proceed along the following route:-

North Road from its junction with Colum Road to its junction with Boulevard de Nantes (access to Blackweir via Park Place/Corbett Road) Access to Queen Ann Square will be managed via Colum Road / Corbett Road and exiting will be via Corbett Road onto Colum Road.

North Road south of its junction with Boulevard de Nantes to its junction with the A4161; the A4161 from its junction with North Road to its junction with Kingsway, Kingsway from its junction with the A4161 to its junction with Duke Street, Duke Street and Castle Street in their entirety; and Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Castle Street to its junction with Cathedral Road.

Boulevard de Nantes from its junction with Park Place / Stuttgart’s Strarsser through to its junction North Road.

The Friary and Friary Gardens, Westgate Street, Wood Street, Golate, Guildhall Place, Quay Street, Central Square, Scott Road Havelock Street, Park Street all to be closed all throughout their lengths.

St Mary Street from its junction with Mill Lane through to Guildhall Place

High Street from its junction Castle Street to its junction Guildhall Place

Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road.

Fitzhamon Embankment, Despenser Street, Despenser lane, Despenser Place, Plantantaget Street, Beaucamp Street, Clare Street, Lower Cathedral Road,  Brook Street, Mark Street, Green Street, Coldstream Terrace to be closed all throughout their lengths.

Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Cathedral Road to its junction with Neville Street / Wellington Street.

Neville Street from its junction with Cowbridge Road East to its junction with Lower Cathedral Road. Wellington Street from its junction with Leckwith road (Inbound towards the City Centre)

Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Kings Road

Cathedral Road from its junction with Cowbridge Road East to its junction Penhill Road. All side roads that exit onto Cathedral Road to be closed: Hamilton Street, Talbot Street, Sophia Close, Sophia Walk, Spine Road in Sophia Gardens, Plasturnton Place, Dyfrig Street, Kyveloig Street, Sneyd Street, Dogo Street, Berthwin Street, Teilo Street, Gileston Road, Meldwin Street, Fairleigh Road, Fields Park Road, Denbeigh Street, Fairleigh Court, Heol Wilf Wooler.

Penhill Road from its junction with Llandaff / Cardiff Road (Inbound only)

A lane Closure will also be in place on Western Avenue from Excelsior Road to its junction with Mill Lane.



(see event day road access below)


Checkin at the hotel is from 3.00pm, checkout before 11.00am

Early checkin or late checkout is subject to availability. The cost is £10 per hour or part thereof if you have booked direct with the hotel or via the hotel website. Other charges apply if you booked through an agent. Early arrival must be arranged with the hotel and paid prior to arrival date.

We offer free baggage storage from 12 noon on the day of arrival and up until 2pm on the day of departure. We have a finite amount of space to store luggage safely and this is always subject to availability. When we are able, we will store bags prior to 12 noon on the day of arrival or after 2pm on the day of departure at a charge of £4 per bag. The baggage charge is a donation to a local children’s charity. Storage of bags that spans beyond 5pm on the day of departure will need to be arranged elsewhere.


Event day road access:

During events at the Principality Stadium, a large number of road closures take place to allow the use of the roads for pedestrian access to and from the stadium. This forces all buses and large volumes of traffic onto the roads that remain open. Cardiff roads are not built for high volumes of traffic and congestion should be expected.

The road closures will include all vehicle access to the hotel and to the NCP car park in Westgate Street.

We recommend that you either arrive into Cardiff early or park in an alternate facility. John Lewis car park, St David’s shopping centre car park, the NCP at Pellett Street and NCP at Adam Street will be unaffected by the road closures other than high volumes of traffic. We cannot gain discounts at any of the alternate car parks.

The hotel will be working hard to try to get you in to your room early but that is dependent on many things, not least that the rooms will be in use by other guests the day before you arrive. Baggage storage options are explained above.

There are Park & Ride facilities in Cardiff and there will be event day parking facilities. These are operated by Cardiff Bus and Cardiff Council and are subject to change at short notice. Before opting for Park & Ride, please check that the bus services are operating to the time you need, especially the time you want to retrieve your car.

Contact Us

    The Royal Hotel Cardiff
    88 St Mary Street
    CF10 1DW

    Tel: 02920 550 750

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