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Arts Centre:Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Theatre, free entry

Castle Grounds,
Cathays Park,
CF10 3ER



The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is the National Conservatoire of Wales providing inspiring performance-based training to the most talented actors, musicians, stage technicians, scenic designers and arts managers in the country.

This stunning landmark building overlooks beautiful, urban parkland is also one of Cardiff's most popular arts venues hosting over 500 public performances annually. It has a trusted reputation for hosting the highest level of international events, intimate personal celebrations, global broadcasts and exciting performance triumphs including exclusive-use conferences, weddings, receptions, dinners, filming sessions, recordings and summer schools for clients including:

NATO • BBC Young Musician • World Stage Design Expo • The Aloud Charity • UEFA Championship League • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain • Admiral Insurance • Pinewood Films • Aston Martin • Dr Who • BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

The £22m suite of venues includes the world-class Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall (200 - 350 seats) with some of the best acoustics in the UK, the beautifully-intimate Richard Burton Theatre (182 seats), a large and flexible exhibition gallery accommodating up to 40 exhibits and a stunning three-storey high glass atrium and open-air terrace overlooking the Grade 1 listed Bute Park set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle - a fabulous back-drop for photographs and a champagne reception!

14 state-of-the-art break-out / rehearsal studios add to the College's many features, two of which are housed within its historic Anthony Hopkins Centre (the original Cardiff Castle stables) which also has a stunning open-air courtyard. A very impressive tree-lined avenue provides the entrance for delegates and guests to the Anthony Hopkins Centre with Cardiff Castle in view.

At the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, event organisers are supported by an extensive team providing the highest standards of professional event planning, experienced technical support, fine quality catering, welcoming customer care and star performance talent.

As well as specialist audio-visual, lighting, sound, film and audio recording services, our professional in-house technical team and fully-equipped facilities offer 21st century hybrid events so both virtual and on-site guests can attend - helping you to reach beyond, extend your message, reduce travel costs and meet your environmental responsibilities. Our highly-skilled technicians and our experienced in-house event management team will help you plan and run the day. All our venues offer free Wi-Fi.

As a creative venue, we assist in making events stand out. Our Hire a Performer Scheme means we can arrange for singers to perform before guests, a trumpet fanfare to signal the opening of conferences, a pianist to play during drinks receptions and jazz or classical music ensembles to create a sophisticated atmosphere during dinner. These can perform both at the College and at external dinner venue.

Our beautiful park location within a short walk from the centre of the capital city of Cardiff creates a unique offering for delegates, guests and visitors. As well as magnificent shopping centres, Victorian arcades, historic theatres, contemporary cinemas, museums and a dramatic waterfront, Cardiff hosts the full range of overnight accommodation options – from luxury hotels to independently-run boutique guest houses to budget providers.

The college is a member of ‘Meet In Cardiff’ which means that event organisers can access a dedicated, online accommodation service at very competitive rates in the city’s hotels and guest houses for over 100 delegates, staff to welcome delegates at Cardiff airport and train station, city centre signage to publicise events, informal guides and bespoke cultural packages for delegates and guests wishing to extend their visit to Wales.
Contact: 029 2087 1846

The College is very easily reached by public transport and, whilst car parking at the College is for Blue Badge holders and organisers only, there are many adjacent pay-and-display car parks, free after 8pm.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsPushchairs availableWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedHearing Accessibility Facilities

Open all the time


Free entry


Janet Smith


Castle Grounds,
Cathays Park,
CF10 3ER


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Map reference: ST 178769  Lat: 51.48505 Long: -3.18520

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Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Cardiff Central Station station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Hearing Accessibility FacilitiesHearing Accessibility Facilities

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance