Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Castle Grounds
Cathays Park
CF10 3ER
029 2039 1376 (Main Phone)
Our first wedding venue is the very impressive Anthony Hopkins Centre. The building is stunning as it is the original Cardiff Castle stables building with an historic open-air courtyard. Two very elegant rooms, licensed for ceremonies, are housed in this centre – one seating up to 85 guests and one suitable for smaller and more intimate ceremonies for up to 60 guests.

The centre is situated at the end of an extremely impressive tree-lined avenue for you and your guests to arrive from within Bute Park with Cardiff Castle in view. This entrance can incorporate your ideas for arrival ranging from traditional wedding cars, horses and carts, walking or a tandem! The park is situated on the river which runs down to Cardiff Bay, so it is even possible to have a water-taxi bringing you and your guests to and from your wedding. In addition, as one of the most beautiful parks in the UK it provides a magnificent back-drop for your photographs.

Our other venues include a world-class concert hall and theatre for a unique wedding ceremony with a dramatic difference. Both can accommodate larger ceremonies for up to 200 guests followed by a truly wonderful drinks reception and wedding breakfast in our stunning contemporary glass-walled atrium and open-air terrace, also overlooking the Grade I listed Bute Park.

For your evening celebrations the atrium hosts a fully-stocked and licensed bar as well as a dancing area for live bands or a DJ, a cloakroom and a unique bridge decorated with fairy lights creating a wonderful entrance for your first dance together.

Together these venues provide a unique location and one of Cardiff’s most sought-after locations.

As a creative venue we offer complete flexibility for creating each element of your day so that your ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening celebrations suit your style and personalities – from traditional to theatrical, elegant to quirky. We can assist you in every way from helping you arrange a ceremony on stage, a summer’s day wedding walk with your guests through the park to your reception and live musicians such as a jazz or a classical music ensemble playing during your reception or evening party.

We also have an in-house catering company who have a range of traditional and themed menus. Our Chef and Catering Manager would be delighted to discuss your ideal wedding day menu and suggest some ideas to inspire and excite you.

Hiring our venues for a wedding in 2016 and 2017 costs £165 + VAT per hour. This includes venues for your ceremony, reception and evening celebration as well as our open-air courtyard and terrace. The hire times begin with the preparation and decorating of your spaces, setting up of your tables and chairs and bringing your florists in although we are careful to keep this to a minimum for you. The hire cost includes a Wedding and Catering Manager for the day, a bar operation and tables and chairs. All catering prices quoted include waiting staff, crockery, cutlery, tablecloths, napkins and glasses. When booking an evening party in the new hall and on the open-air terrace we employ two door staff on your behalf who will welcome your guests and ensure any curious passers-by do not pop in to your party!

You can choose from our wine list, or if you prefer us to use your own wine or champagne for the meal and toasts, then we simply charge a corkage fee of £7.50 + VAT per bottle of wine (70cl) or £15 + VAT per magnum of wine (140cl) and £10 + VAT per bottle of champagne or sparkling wine (70cl) or £20 + VAT per magnum of champagne or sparkling wine (140cl). We can also supply draught real ales and lagers. If you would like to supply your choice of real ale, the corkage fee is 50p + VAT per pint for a 30 pint barrel of beer and this includes serving staff, glasses and cleaning.

Through our ‘Hire A Performer Scheme’, we can also help you in choosing from a wide range of musicians such as a string quartet playing as your guests arrive or a jazz band in the evening. The cost of hiring live musicians is from approximately £100 + VAT per player for up to three hours depending on the number of musicians booked.

If you require our technician for your ceremony, to provide power for your band or a microphone for your speeches, or to run your photographs through our plasma screens and play your IPOD during your party, we can provide this for £200 + VAT. All quotes are subject to contract.

Whilst car parking at the College is restricted to disabled badge-holders only, there are pay-and-display car parks adjacent to the College (free after 8pm). There is further parking opposite the College's main entrance and this is operated via a pay-and-display system (also free after 8pm). In addition, there are also a number of multi-storey car parks 5-10 minutes' walk from the College.

Overnight accommodation in the capital city's hotels and guest houses can be arranged at very competitive rates through the Cardiff Convention Bureau. Contact Heledd Williams, Head of Cardiff Convention Bureau at or on 029 2087 1846/1028.


2 - 30 Guests capacity
Historic Building
30 - 50 Guests capacity
In the Country
50 - 75 Guests capacity
75 to 100 Guests capacity
Civil Ceremony Licence
Capacity 100 Guests +


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