Away Day - Travel Guide: Hull City vs. Cardiff City
City head to Hull for our final away fixture of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season, with over 2,000 Bluebirds fans expected in attendance.
Hull City’s home ground is located in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire. The journey by car or coach from CCS to the KCOM is roughly four and a half hours, via the M42, M1, M18 and M62. On-street parking around the stadium is for residents only, although there is a car park available at Walton Street (HU3 6GA). Free parking is available for Blue Badge holders, there is a £5 charge for all other vehicles. There is also a Park and Ride service at Priory Park, with bus services that head towards the stadium via Anlaby Lane.
By train, the journey from Cardiff Central to Hull Paragon Station will take approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes, with a change at Manchester Piccadilly. City fans using the train face an early start, with the first train leaving Cardiff at 4:35am and the last available train leaving at 8:50am. From Hull Paragon, the stadium is roughly a twenty-minute walk away via Argyle Street. Alternatively, take Stagecoach bus number 2 or number 66 from the Station to the Stadium.
The KCOM Stadium has an overall capacity of 25,400, which makes it the eighth smallest ground in the division. The club’s matchday programme, The Tiger, is priced at £3, and will be on sale outside the away end and inside the concourse.
Travelling Bluebirds will be located in the North Stand, at the North East corner of the stadium. City fans will be located in blocks N6, N7, N8, E1, E2 and E3, and should enter the stadium via turnstiles 22, 23 or 24. City have received an allocation of over 2,500, with a final allocation of 570 additional seats recently added. There are limited tickets available for this fixture, all relevant information can be found here.
Pies and Pints
Hull City proudly serve a range of locally produced matchday meals, including a wide variety from the local shop ‘Hull Pies’, including Steak and Red Wine, Roast Chicken and Sage Stuffing and BBQ Pulled Pork. Other popular football food such as hotdogs and burgers are also available, along with hot, soft and alcoholic drinks such as Carling and Marston’s.
There are plenty of away-fan friendly venues near to the ground, including one designated bar inside the stadium itself. The Pitchside Bar is located next to the away entrance and is especially suited for travelling fans. The Brickmakers Pub opposite the stadium car park shows live football on Sky and BT channels, is also popular with away supporters. Another option is the Walton Street Social Club, which requires a £1 entry fee but offers a wide selection of food and drinks. City fans should be aware that some other pubs, including the Silver Cod, are strictly for home fans only.
Food for Thought
There are plenty of restaurants close to the stadium on Anlaby Road, including the highly rated contemporary curry house Madras Restaurant, along with the Dope Burger outlet, which provides a unique twist to traditional burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches.
In the city centre there are plenty of other bars, cafes and restaurants, offering a wide range of food and drink. The Michelin starred pub Pipe and Glass serves a range of high-quality pub classics, whilst Thieving Harry’s provides great casual dining with fantastic views of the local marina.
Hull was named the UK City of Culture for 2017 and celebrated the award with a festival of seasonal cultural events throughout the twelve months. The city is still enjoying the legacy of the award, with a series of shows, concerts and galleries hosted at venues such as the Ferens Art Gallery and the Burton Constable Hall.
Other well-known attractions in the local areas include The Deep, one of the UK’s biggest aquariums and sea-life centres. Alternatively, Hull’s Old Town offers a diverse blend of history and modern culture, with bars and cafes throughout the Trinity Quarter. The Humber Bridge is another iconic landmark, connecting Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire to North Lincolnshire.