If you’re planning on taking a trip to around the United Kingdom to watch top sporting action you are truly spoil for choice.
Football, rugby and cricket are the most obvious sports to consider, but there is a less obvious one that also offers the opportunity to visit some superb places.
Ice hockey might seem a surprising choice for a popular sport in the UK, yet it is regularly watched from September to April by huge crowds in arenas across the country.
Read on to find out more about the places you can visit to enjoy the UK’s hidden sporting secret.
Be a devil in Cardiff
Cardiff Devils have been the dominant force in the UK over the past couple of seasons, winning back-to-back Elite League titles.
The Devils also won the Play-off Championship in April 2018 and will start the new season representing the UK in Europe’s Champions Hockey League later this year.
Wales’ capital city provides a superb range of unique attractions and quality shopping, while Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone.
Rich in ancient history, sporting excitement and eclectic culture, Cardiff is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and groups.
The city also boasts some excellent gambling opportunities, but check out Caesars Casino offers before travelling for the chance to boost your budget for your trip to Cardiff.
Fly to Fife for the best of Scotland
Scotland has three top flight clubs, but undoubtedly the most famous name amongst them is Fife Flyers.
Established in 1938, the Flyers play their home games at the historic Fife Ice Arena in Kirkcaldy which has a capacity of around 3,000.
The top visitor attraction in the area is Kirkcaldy’s Links Market, Europe’s longest street fair, with over 200 fairground rides and attractions, held each Easter on the town esplanade.
You can take a walk along the beach or enjoy the woodland walks and formal gardens at the Beveridge Park.
Ravenscraig Park is located in the east of the town and connects up to the Fife Coastal Path. It is home to the ancient Ravenscraig Castle.
Kirkcaldy is also a good base for the exploring the local golf courses and charming villages of the East Neuk and is well worth adding to your traveller’s map.
Stand on the shoulders of Giants in Belfast
The Belfast Giants have grown into Northern Ireland’s biggest sporting club. Their home games are played at the 9,000-capacity SSE Arena Belfast.
NHL All-Star and Olympic gold medal winner, Theo Fleury, famously played for the Giants in 2005 and the club is one of the best supported in Europe.
The Giants have built a large and enthusiastic fanbase who do not have to fear the sectarianism that has marred other sports in Northern Ireland.
Belfast has some of the coolest pubs, superb shopping and enough restaurants to satisfy every taste and budget.
You’ll also find fascinating walking, cultural escapes, scientific exhibitions and literary inspirations during your visit.