St David’s Hall

Things to do in Cardiff | St David’s Hall

Situated in the heart of Cardiff, St David's Hall is the National Concert Hall and Conference Centre of Wales. Owned, managed and funded by Cardiff Council, this venue offers a wide range of live entertainment, conferences and workshops. And with two bars and a coffee shop, these relaxing surroundings make St David's Hall a great place to spend time, whether you’re attending an event or not.

St David’s Hall

When the hall first opened in 1982, it attracted over 21,000 people. Nine days later it held its first public concert – a free open rehearsal by the Polyphonic Choir. When the Queen Mother performed the official opening the following year, St David’s Hall had already taken centre stage in the artistic life of the capital city. These days St David’s is home to the annual Welsh Proms Cardiff and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. But it’s not all classical, St David's Hall presents a huge range of live events, including pop, rock, folk, jazz, rhythm and blues, comedy, musicals, dance, world music, films and children's shows.

Want to discover more about what you’ll find at St David’s Hall on your visit? Check out our guide to Cardiff’s top arts venue. And be sure to check out your nearby Premier Inn who’ll offer a warm welcome and a great place for you to get ready for your event.


What's on

Best known for its calendar of classical music events, you’ll find something great to listen to whatever time of year you visit St David’s. Every two years during June, the BBC’s Cardiff Singer of the World is held at the hall. This competition is a showcase for the best opera and art singers from all over the globe. If you’re in Cardiff during July, why not grab a ticket to the Welsh Proms Cardiff? This concert series features the world's top orchestras, soloists and conductors playing an extravaganza of classical greats and new pieces. With an array of world class performers already having graced the stage, including Rudolf Nureyev, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Billy Connolly, Jamie Cullum, James Blunt, Will Young, Art Garfunkel and many more, you’ll find lots to see and do at the hall.


Facilities

As you would expect from a venue that holds everything from concerts to comedy shows, St David’s Hall has all the facilities needed to make sure you don’t have to worry about anything during your visit. Read about the facilities on offer and other important information here, and start planning your trip.

Box office opening hours vary depending on whether there is a show that day. When there are no performances, the box office is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm. If there is a show that day, the box office opens Monday to Saturday, 9.30am until 15 minutes after the start of the show. On Sunday, they only open if there’s a show and only one hour prior to showtime. If you have any questions, you can always give them a ring on 029 2087 8444. Phone lines will close 30 minutes before performances or 15 minutes before closing time, if there is no show.

Hosting around 320 different performances and audiences of over 250,000 each year, the Hall fits 2,000 seats, an acoustically perfect auditorium and surrounding dressing rooms, bars and large foyer into a small city centre space. Take your pick of seats, from stalls in front of the stage to a variety of tiered seats – all with a great view. There are also some seats with restricted view, to the side and rear of the stage which have a discounted price. Wherever you decide to sit, you’ll find a café, bar or lounge on a nearby level ready to serve you drinks and snacks during the interval in the performance.

With event information available in Braille and large print, an infra-red system for those with hearing impairments, specific pickup and drop off areas, facilities for wheelchair users and guide dogs welcome, St David’s Hall is committed to ensuring that there is access for all at its events. As well as making sure everyone can enjoy each performance, the venue also offers concessions for those with disabilities. If you are a Hynt cardholder, you are entitled to a ticket free of charge for a personal assistant or carer. If you have any specific seating requirements or questions, it’s best to contact the box office to let them know in advance of your arrival.


Top tip

Regularly opening up its rehearsals to a limited number of the public, be sure to check out whether there are any of these free daytime events at St David’s Hall when you visit. Offering a great opportunity to take a look behind the scenes, you’ll get to hear conversations between the musicians and the conductor, as well as see the process that goes into putting on a concert. Not to mention, you’ll get a sneak preview of the show that night!


Eating and drinking

Situated in the centre of the city, there’s no shortage of options for dinner or drinks before or after your concert.

Whether you want to grab a quick snack or fill up on something more substantial, you’ll find a whole host of food options in St David’s Hall. Head to Art Café Celf on Level 4 to enjoy great locally produced food, including a wide range of sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks. On some show days, you’ll also find tapas and hot dogs available on Level 3. Look out for the symbol on each show page to check whether this is available for your event.

Located in the centre of the city, you’ll find an array of eateries near the hall. If you’re looking for a great steak menu, take a trip to the Meating Place. This contemporary grill house offers a selection of meats, including hanging meat skewers cooked on a real charcoal grill. For one of the best salad bars in the city, head to Crumbs Kitchen and make your own salad bowl.

Want to enjoy the pre-show buzz with some drinks before your concert? St David’s Hall has two bars – one on Level 3 and another on Level 5. Don’t forget, you can avoid the queues at the interval by ordering your drinks before the concert starts. If you’re visiting when there are no performances, you can still grab a drink at St David’s Hall. If an international rugby match is being played at the Principality Stadium you can even watch it live on a huge screen in the Level 3 bar.

Want to head out on the town after your event? Just around the corner you’ll find Cardiff’s premier sports pub, the Old Arcade. As well as showing all major matches on its big screens, this pub offers a great selection of cask ales, a pool table and a good-sized beer garden.


Near St David’s Hall

Built slap bang on top St David's Dewi Sant, you’re a few minutes away from shopping paradise when you’re at St David’s Hall. If you decide to step inside Cardiff’s biggest and best shopping spot you’ll find over 100 stores, as well as restaurants, cafés and a cinema to keep you busy.

Head east of the hall and you’ll arrive at the Principality Stadium. Previously known as the Millennium Stadium, the national stadium of Wales is the home of the Welsh national rugby team but also regularly plays hosts to huge concerts by music superstars. Want to explore behind the scene? The Principality offers a mini or full tour of the stadium or a rugby legends tour that allows you to follow in the studded footsteps of your sports heroes.


Getting to St David’s Hall

Sitting in the centre of the Cardiff, you’ll find plenty of transport options near St David’s Hall.

By car
The Hall sits above the St David’s 2, a 24-hour car park which has 2,000 spaces. The car park is colour coded, uses easy to read and recall icons and each level is named after a Welsh river so you won’t find it hard to remember where you’ve parked. Pedestrian exits from this car park will take you directly onto the Hayes a couple of minutes’ walk from St David’s Hall.

By bus
You’ll find Cardiff Central Bus Station right next to Cardiff Central Railway Station. If you jump off your bus here, it’s a quick five minutes’ walk to St David’s Hall. You’ll also find close by stops on Hayes Bridge Road, Kingsway, St Mary Street, Churchill Way, Canal Street, Greyfriars Road, and Bute Terrace, so you can take your pick of the bus routes.

By train
If you’re getting the train to Cardiff Central, it's a five-minute walk to the hall. Leave by the station’s main entrance on the north side and head along Mill Lane, which turns into The Hayes where St David’s is located. If you’re arriving at Queen Street, head out of the main entrance and along Bridge Street until you arrive at St David's Dewi Sant.


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