Located in a refurbished tram depot in the suburb of Grangetown, TramShed is a vibrant and versatile music and arts venue that’s the centrepiece of a brand new creative hub in Cardiff. One of six tram depots in Cardiff, this beautiful historic building served as the western terminus for the city’s trams and trolleybuses until 1953. In later years the space was used as maintenance workshop for Cardiff’s council vehicles, before being redeveloped and opened as the TramShed in 2015.
Now Cardiff’s newest venue, this large industrial space hosts everything from rock to reggae, comedians to club nights, and film screenings to food festivals. Whether you’re looking for live music, DJs, comedy or even a fitness class, you can be sure that the TramShed will deliver the very best in entertainment that you can find in the city. So, what does a night out at the TramShed have in store for you? Take a quick tour of the venue’s highlights with our guide to Cardiff’s hottest venue. Want to be nearby so you can make it to the gig with plenty of time to spare? Stay at our Cardiff City Centre hotel to be within walking distance, or check out our other Premier Inn Cardiff hotels to find the perfect location to get your night out off to a great start.
Opening in October 2015 with an inaugural gig by Irish rock band Hothouse Flowers, the TramShed has been attracting top talent ever since. It’s always an eclectic bill at this venue, with stars that have graced the stage of the venue including Billy Ocean, Public Enemy, 5ive, Craig Charles, Gary Numan and Songhoy Blues to name just a few. But it’s not all music at the TramShed, lots of different types of events take place in this great venue. You’re just as likely to find yourself at a cheese festival, independent wrestling show, film screening, bingo or yoga class as you are to be in the mosh pit or crowd surfing.
As well as offering sporting spectacles and star-studded concerts, the Stadium also has some great facilities for its visitors. Read about them here, along with other important information to help you plan your trip.
The TramShed opening times vary depending on the events taking place. Be sure to find out about any age restrictions before you arrive. Some events are restricted to age 14 years and over when accompanied by an adult, while most club nights are strictly over 18s. The venue provides a cloakroom, which charges £2 per item. If you’re bringing a larger bag or items like bike helmets, backpacks, suitcases, these should be left in the cloakroom. Once you’ve entered the venue, there’s no re-admittance. So, if you need to leave the venue for any reason you won’t be readmitted and they don’t offer refunds. If you have any questions, you can call the box office on 029 2023 5555.
With capacity for a cheering crowd of 1,000, the TramShed has the atmosphere of a more intimate venue even when it sells out. A free flow general admission capacity, which changes depending on the event and its layout, means that the venue can hold a variety of events. The TramShed is generally a standing only venue, but some shows are more suited to seating. If you’re attending a seated event you’ll receive more information when you’re purchasing your tickets. For some events, the main room has a mezzanine with views facing the main stage. Views of the stage may be restricted at the rear of the TramShed during busy events, so it’s important to get to the venue early to avoid disappointment.
The TramShed venue is fully accessible – wheelchair friendly and accessible with a lift. There is also disabled toilets and adequate ground level parking. On the balcony, wheelchair users and those with mobility issues will be able to get unobstructed views. To make sure that all disabled audience members have the support and assistance they need, the TramShed offers one free carers pass per disabled ticket holder. If you’re attending with a guide dog, contact the venue in advance to let them know. For this and all other access enquiries or to book a carer ticket, you can contact the venue directly on 029 2023 5555.
Food and drink is not allowed to be taken into the TramShed. But, with lots available within the venue and plenty of places to eat and drink nearby, you won’t have trouble refuelling.
Whether you want to have a snack before your exercise class or to grab a meal before a gig, there are plenty of choices at the TramShed. If you want to eat in the venue, head to the Waiting Room for sandwiches, light bites or burgers.
Located to the west of Cardiff city centre in the suburb of Grangetown, there are still lots of great restaurants and cafés nearby. If you’re looking for excellent portions of great Italian food for a good price and in a relaxed atmosphere, take a trip to La Manitoba. If you fancy something a little spicier, head back into the centre and Bwyta Bwyd Bombai or the 3Bs. This café has an excellent array of bhajis, dosas, pakoras and other delicious Indian street food.
Whether you’re sipping a cocktail at the Waiting Room before your event or grabbing a pint at one of the bars during a gig, you’ll find plenty of places to drink at the TramShed. If you’re after water, this is also available free on request at certain bars throughout the venues.
Want to enjoy some drinks before the show, head south to the Grange Pub. This traditional local pub has a good selection of lagers, ales, ciders and spirits, as well as a large and leafy beer garden. If you prefer your beer to be crafted, head into the town centre to Brewdog. Here you’ll find the freshest craft beer poured from one of thirty taps, plus a choice of bottles from all over the world.
Head to the east and cross the river to arrive at the Principality Stadium. Previously known as the Millennium Stadium, this is home of the Welsh national rugby team. But the national stadium of Wales isn’t just for sports fans, it 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 footsteps of your sporting and musical heroes.
Follow the River Taff north and you’ll step into one of the UK's most beautiful green spaces, Bute Park. With a world-famous arboretum, lots of hiking trails and picnicking spots, you’ll find lots to keep you busy in this park.
Located to the west of Cardiff’s compact city centre, there are a number of ways to get to the TramShed.
If you’re driving, there is on-street parking available in nearby streets, which is free after 6pm.
If you can’t find a space, there’s also a car park across the river at Cardiff Central station.
If you want to hop on a bus to the TramShed, you’ll find lots of routes within the city centre, which is a short walk away from the venue. To find a bus stop that’s a bit closer to the venue, jump on the 92, 93, 94, X45 or 9.
The nearest station is Cardiff Central a 10-minute walk walk away. Exit the station and turn left onto Wood Street. Cross the river, turn left onto the embankment, then right onto Pendyris Street.
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