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Cardiff Gate services (Gwasanaethau Port Caerdydd)

Cardiff Gate
Port Caerdydd
Welcome Break
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsCardiff Gate
Road:M4 at J30
(also accessible to traffic on the A4232)

Address:Welcome Break Services
Malthouse Avenue
Cardiff Gate Business Park
South Glamorgan
CF23 8RA
Telephone number:029 2054 1122
Signposted from the road?As Waitrose/Starbucks/KFC
Grid reference:ST216828
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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Cardiff Gate exists to serve the business park it is part of as more than anything else. Since it was acquired by Welcome Break, it has become a full service area.


Catering: Burger King, KFC drive thru, Starbucks, Costa Express, Yorkshire Tea, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty Co. Shops: Fone Bitz, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Ibis Hotel Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Yorkshire Tea, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £18, or £20 to include a £9 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Trivia & History

Inside the services,

The services have 180 car parking spaces including 15 disabled spaces, 35 HGV spaces and 5 caravan spaces.

A Costa and Greggs are set to open in an unrelated rival development opposite the services.


Cardiff Gate was originally an overgrown local facility, including Elf fuel and a Little Chef, which was receiving little attention after Granada left the industry. It was built with the Thornhill Interchange and Cardiff Gate Business Park in 1993, following three formal planning applications in a process starting in 1988.

Welcome Break Era

In July 2007 Welcome Break bought the site for £650,000 and over a few months they brought in their facilities. The move was part of a series of gestures aimed at attracting more than the usual long-distance motorway traffic to their facilities.

In May 2010 a Starbucks opened replacing the Eat In and Coffee Primo, making it one of the first services not to have a 'proper' restaurant in the country. A service road next to the building was then utilised to create their first KFC drive thru.

For a time, Welcome Break did not actually operate the filling station here.

A Tesla Supercharger is due to be installed here soon.

Survey Results

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award. They came top in the Welsh motorway services category.

In 2006, Holiday Which rated Cardiff Gate as 2 out of 5.


Magor (16 miles)Services on the M4 Cardiff West (8 miles)
Membury (77 miles)
Michaelwood (M5 north, 32 miles)
Gordano (M5 south, 26 miles)
Welcome Break services Sarn Park (22 miles)

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