Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL, United Kingdom
Ticket Price: 6 GBP
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
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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 (traveline-cymru.org.uk).
- 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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I went to see a recent production called Tiger bay, the performance was in the main stage and everything was comfortable. There were plenty of staff about to help direct me to my seat, I had a good view of the stage and could hear all the actors clearly. Mid way through there is a bar if you wish to use it that wasn't overly expensive but of course wasn't a bargain. After the show there was plenty of options for travel wether it's by bus, rail or taxi or of you want to continue the night there are lots of bars as well
This is a wonderful venue with great acoustics and a memorable edifice. The shops and cafes inside are mid range price wise, but worth a stop. There’s always lots going on in here including mini performances out in the entrance hall or tucked away in alcoves. The word quirky is much overused, but seems quite appropriate for some of my experiences here. Recommended.
The architecture of the Wales Millennium Centre is awesome! There's almost always something going on at the Millennium Centre. . There is also coffee shops and bars in the interior to hang out if you want to grab a drink! Even if you don't like the food there, because of the Millennium Centre's location, you can definitely enjoy yourself somewhere at Mermaid Quay.
This is a fantastic venue and my husband and I see a show here often. Saw Tiger Bay last night. Scenery was dark (understand that it was to reflect the era and hard times) and a little unimaginative. The cast was excellent and the predictable storyline was enjoyable. At some points when all the cast were singing together it was difficult to discern individual pieces. This time we took my father in law who is very interested in local history. He is in his 80s and disabled. We booked seats on the first row of the raised stalls so that he had plenty of leg room. He was distressed at the start of the show and it was impossible to get in the lift to take him to level 1 so he attempted the stairs so as not to miss the start of the show. He managed them with extreme difficulty and took several minutes to regain his composure once seated. At the end of the show leaving was chaotic. The one lift went from ground to level 5 not stopping on level 1 until its return from level 5 when it was full every time. He was being jostled because of the queue for the lift and people trying to pass the lift queue to get to the stairs. Again my father in law felt he had to use the stairs - he was in tears by the bottom step. My husband helped another lady (also waiting for the lift) by carrying her rollator whilst she struggled with the stairs. There has to be a better way to evacuate disabled persons. I dread to think what would happen in the event of a fire or other need for evacuation. This is a wonderful venue but must do better for disabled customers.
A very enjoyable night out here. Situated in Cardiff Bay it is close to many restaurants so you can enjoy a meal and be entertained. The centre is a high quality venue for a wide range of musicals, shows and concerts.