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Information about parking near Sophia Gardens - Cardiff

Sophia Gardens is in North Cardiff on the Western side of the River Taff. It is easy to reach by car from the A48 by turning off onto Cardiff Road and following the signs to the cricket ground from there.

Drivers have a relatively good choice of options when it comes to parking around Sophia Gardens. There is a large off-street car park on-site and a number of on-street spaces nearby.

JustPark provides information on plenty of parking options nearby, many of which are reservable – including spaces on-street and off-street, from driveways to car parks.

  • On-street parking

    On-street parking

    The majority of on-street parking Northwest of the city centre beyond the River Taff is free – or usually at the very least it will be for the first 2 hours. There is limited parking available during the day with many of the streets busy single yellow-lined roads, but there should be spaces on the residential streets within a short walk away. However, be warned that Cardiff Council often implements special restrictions around attractions when major events take place; Sophia Gardens cricket ground has hosted International Test matches in the past, so make sure to look out for any specific restrictions on signposts whenever you park.

    To find information about on-street parking near Sophia Gardens and when spaces are available, use our online parking map.

  • Off-street parking

    Off-street parking

    There is a council-operated car park located on-site, providing the best access to the park itself and the nearby cricket ground. Sophia Gardens car park (Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LJ) is open 24 hours a day Monday-Sunday with a good amount of spaces. The hourly and daily rates at this car park are a little expensive, but still cheaper than the alternatives in the city centre.

    JustPark offers a wide choice of reservable off-street parking near Sophia Gardens – from public car parks to private driveways. You can browse these options and book a guaranteed space via our website or app.

    Location Operator Price Max Stay
    Castle Court Cardiff County Council £3.50 / hour
    North Road Cardiff County Council £5.20 / 10 hours
    Sophia Gardens Cardiff County Council £2.00 / hour
    Westgate Street Cardiff County Council £3.50 / hour
    Cardiff Central Station Cardiff County Council £11.00 / day

  • Public transport

    Public transport

    Your nearest train stations from Sophia Gardens are Cathays station to the east of the River or Ninian Park to the west. Both run local Welsh services and are connected on the same network as Cardiff Central.

    Cardiff Coach station is located near Sophia Gardens, providing local bus services and national coach services primarily through National Express.

  • Disabled parking

    Disabled parking

    Blue Badge holders may park for up to 3 hours free of charge: in any resident permit holder bay, in the Sophia Gardens council car park (CF11 9LJ), and on single or double yellow lines (provided they are not obstructing traffic).  

    You can filter when searching on JustPark to show all our parking spaces with disabled access around Sophia Gardens (select this option by clicking ‘Filters’ on the search results page).

  • Parking restrictions & event days

    Parking restrictions & event days

    Cardiff Council will often put in place special restrictions around major events. Sophia Gardens cricket ground has hosted international test matches before and, depending on the scale of any event, there is likely to be some adapted restrictions in place to regulate traffic. Always be aware of the event schedule and any special restrictions before parking near to Sophia Gardens.

    On the JustPark map, we’ll only show you spaces which you’re allowed to park in/are not restricted at your required times.

  • Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    Of the limited parking restrictions that apply nearby to Sophia Gardens, the majority will still apply on all Sundays and Bank holidays – with the exception of Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

    Overnight parking is available in the Sophia Gardens car park (CF11 9LJ) but the 24 hour and nightly rate available is a little expensive.

    Enter your dates and times on our search results page to see what’s available overnight.

  • Nearby attractions

    Nearby attractions

    Sophia Gardens is a lovely public park in North Cardiff on the River Taff. It is a large green space to the northwest of the city centre, providing city dwellers with the perfect escape. Perhaps the most appealing attraction here though is the Sophia Gardens cricket ground, which hosts International Test matches as well as serving as the home for Glamorgan County Cricket Club. If none of that’s to your fancy, you can enjoy the neighbouring Bute Park or wander on over to Cardiff Castle.

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