Cardiff has been transformed over the past decade and today the Welsh capital offers an impressive choice of venues for organisers, ranging from the Wales Millennium Centre to historic castles and museums, plus an array of waterfront hotels and smart restaurants in Cardiff Bay, writes Emma Allen.
National Museum Cardiff
Address:Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP
Tel: 02920 57 3387/3129
The Grand Hall in Cardiff’s civic centre has appeared in numerous TV shows and makes a suitably imposing setting for a dinner or reception for up to 400 people. Other Museum spaces for hire include the Reardon Smith Theatre, seating up to 340 and the Court room for up to 30 in a boardroom style set up. PRICE DDR starts at £25 per head.
The Doctor Who Experience
Address: Discovery Quay, Cardiff CF10 4GA
Tel: 0844 801 3663
Cardiff is known as the home of Doctor Who and no trip would be complete without a visit to the Doctor Who Experience. Groups can try out the interactive exhibition tours complete with a ‘fly the Tardis’ experiences. A function room can host up to 120 reception style. PRICE Prices start from £14.
ON A SHOESTRING
Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff
Address: Station Approach, Saunders Road, Cardiff CF10 1RH
Tel: 02920 478747
The Cardiff outpost of the funky Sleeperz budget chain offers good value for money and a great central location minutes from the main train station. The hotel offers 74 bedrooms, a snug lounge bar, a meeting room for up to 10 delegates and a stylish, modern dining room with views over the city that can host up to 60 people for reception events. PRICE Room rates start at £55 for a half day including VAT.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Address: 73 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HE
Tel: 02920 235005
This recently restored Victorian townhouse is already making its mark on Cardiff’s boutique hotel scene. With luxuriously designed bedrooms and suites, guests can enjoy quirky extras including a butler service or a personal chef. A small meeting room can host up to 10 delegates. PRICE £50 plus VAT for a half-day.
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Address: Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3ER
Tel: 02920 391376
The new £22million suite of venues includes the magnificent Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall (250– 350 seats) and the Richard Burton Theatre (182 seats). There's AV, wifi, specialist lighting and sound facilities PRICE Hire is from £100 plus VAT.
OUT OF TOWN
Celtic Manor Resort
Address: Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport NP18 1HQ
Tel: 01633 413000
Less than 20 miles from Cardiff, this five-star resort offers two hotels, self-catering lodges, six restaurants and a spa. Its events facilities can host up to 1,500 delegates and a new convention centre is planned for 2018. PRICE DDR starts from £38pp plus VAT.
Cardiff Central Station is situated right in the city centre. By rail, the city has direct links with London, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and Southampton. Cardiff International Airport is 12 miles from the centre and has direct flights to over 50 destinations. By road, the M4 runs through the north of the city.
For further venue information, contact Visit Cardiff on 02920 871846 or see www.visitcardiff.com