Cardiff Gate

Cardiff Gate
Welcome Break
Cardiff 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
Grid reference:ST216828
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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Cardiff Gate is a small service station which is part of Cardiff Gate International Business Park. It was recently bought by Welcome Break.



Main Amenities: Welcome Break Gaming, Showers, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Restaurants: Starbucks, Burger King, KFC drive thru, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, Waitrose
Motel: Ibis Hotel[website]
Forecourt: Shell, Costa Express, Deli2go, Autogas LPG, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11.

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

Trivia & History

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

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


Cardiff Gate was originally an overgrown local facility, including 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.

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.

Welcome Break Era

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.

The Starbucks outlet and KFC Drive Thru here are open 24hrs.

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)
Michaelwood (32 miles)
Gordano (26 miles)
Welcome Break services Sarn Park (22 miles)

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