Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL, United Kingdom, CF10 5AL
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-2920636464
  • Fax: +1-02920636401
  • Ticket Price: 6 GBP
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Entertainment, Convention Center, Social, Music And Show Venues
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About Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Let music enthrall your ears, ballets delight your eyes and theatre tickle your ribs at the striking Wales Millennium Centre. With an itinerary filled with all kinds of programs throughout the year, this is the most happening Centre in the city. No matter when you go, there’s always something happening!

The creation of the Centre was meant to replace the failed Cardiff Bay Opera House projects. An international design competition was held and out of 268 applicants, Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid’s sleek, dazzling design won. Due to funding problems, the project was stalled for a while, but finally construction started, with Jonathan Adams as designer, thus resulting in the beautiful bronze Millennium Centre that stands today, with illuminated letters emblazoned across it. Its doors opened in 2004, and in just a matter of 10 years, it’s already considered one of the world’s most iconic arts and cultural sites. It comprises of one big theatre and two tinier halls filled with shops, bars and eateries.

  • With an exterior made up of multi-coloured slate, glass and steel, a wooden framework and calligraphy across the front declaring "Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration." in Welsh, the Centre’s exterior is a work of great beauty in itself. Take a look at each carefully crafted part and admire the kind of creativity and dedication it took to build such a structure.
  • There are hour long guided tours which promise to help you discover the secrets of the Centre. You’ll get to see one of the biggest stages in all of Britain, the dressing rooms and much more.
  • There are numerous free performances; all you need to do is turn up at the Centre, sit back and watch. Check their website for their show schedule and plan accordingly. Today, the Centre is home to nine arts organisations, including the Arts Council of Wales, The Welsh League of Youth and the National Dance Company of Wales.
  • Visit the Milipwt's Den, their free, fun and friendly place for children to discover and explore, and meet the new additions to the family, Dyfi, Lecsi, Ponti and Ogi.

Wales Millennium Centre Information

  • Tips & Warnings: Tours last approximately one hour and places are limited so please book in advance.
  • Backstage tours are available everyday at 11:00, 14:30 and 15:45, though times may vary according to performances.
  • Entry to the building is free.
  • There’s a price for the guided tours of the building.
  • Some performances are free of cost while others have a viewing charge. Ticket and Information Office: 029 2063 6464
  • Tips and Warnings: The Centre is a fully accessible building with level access and lifts to all floors. They’re also family friendly with baby-changing facilities.
  • As a company limited by guarantee, Wales Millennium Centre has the right to enforce its own policy on matters of lost and found property. Whilst a customer may wish to report the loss or finding of property to the local police, it is essential that the Centre follows its own procedures and that a record is maintained of all items of lost and found property. Visit their website for more details.

How To reach Wales Millennium Centre by Public Transport

  • Bus: For information contact Traveline Cymru (
  • Train: First Great Western run services between West Wales and London Paddington, stopping at Cardiff Central.
  • Shuttle: Cardiff Baycar, service No 6, runs from Cardiff Central station, which takes just 8 minutes to arrive outside Wales Millennium Centre. The Baycar runs every 10 minutes.

Restaurants Near Wales Millennium Centre

  • Demiros (Spanish, Italian Welsh)
  • Nando’s Cardiff (English)
  • The Waterguard (Welsh, English)

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Things to Know Before Visiting Wales Millennium Centre

  • 95% of people who visit Cardiff include Wales Millennium Centre in their plan

  • 55.6% of people plan their visit to Wales Millennium Centre between 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Wales Millennium Centre

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

79.47% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wales Millennium Centre

People normally club together St. Fagans - National History Museum and Millennium Stadium while planning their visit to Wales Millennium Centre.

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Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Reviews

  • The best place to catch a show outside of London we have been many times and have never been disappointed fab choice of food in the centre or very close by. Very easy to park right next door to Centre also very quick access to the M4 less than 10 miles all on dual carriageway. Highly recommend going

  • This is an absolutely tremendous building which has featured in a number of Doctor Who episodes including New Earth and The Girl Who Waited. There is a really nice gift shop which is a bit pricey unfortunately. All the staff are very welcoming and really helpful.

  • This is a huge theatre and such a lovely and modern interior and exterior. We attended an event here last year and the venue is massive. there are lots of people to fit and lots of floors. We thought we'd be lost but it's so huge that you'd see it lit up from miles away! The people of wales are lovely and helped us find it. The venue contains a bar or social place in the ground floor and to watch the event you must climb the stairs and find the floor you are supposed to watch from. there are many layers to the seats so that may prove challenging!

  • A fabulous theatre, art space and meeting place. This centre hosts big musicals, dance and opera but also offers shows for children and hosts impromptu performances in it's foyer. It's also a great place to meet up for coffee or lunch or to view the various arts on display. There are also shops to browse with interesting gifts and traditional Welsh souvenirs.

  • Been to many concerts here sound quality excellent. I often go there during the week at midday, as they occasionally have live music. A few small cafes with reasonable select is useful.

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