Cardiff’s business sector has enjoyed great success in recent years. Not only have established loal businesses gone from strength to strength, but the Welsh capital has come to be known as one of the UK’s top startup hubs. A supportive local government, a great networking scene, as well as being a desirable place to work and live all make Cardiff top spot for businesses.
Another thing which makes Cardiff an ideal place for businesses is a large number of great venues and event spaces in and around the Cardiff area. Here is our list of the top 7 conference centres, event venues and meeting spaces in the area.
1. Principality Stadium
Principality Stadium is one of the largest venues in Cardiff, with a range of spaces to suit various needs. The stadium is a legendary sporting venue locally, but it also has a number of rooms and event spaces ideal for conferences, exhibitions and large events. This includes the President’s Lounge is a theatre-style event venue which is suitable for conferences, seminars, debates and other events, with seating for up to 350 delegates. This extensive venue also has large in-house events management and catering teams to help you to put on the perfect, professional event.
2. The Angel Hotel
Marketed as a gala and special events venue, the Angel Hotel is also ideal for conferences and business events. Centrally located in the centre of Cardiff, the venue is very accessible to those working or staying in the city. The Angel Hotel has not one, not two, but nine meeting rooms and event spaces, offering plenty of variety for businesses. This includes the Dragon Suite which can accommodate up to 300 delegates in theatre-style seating.
3. International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales)
Recently opened in summer 2019, ICC Wales is a world-class conference and exhibition venue located in the beautiful Welsh countryside just outside Newport. Ideally located close to the M4, the centre has a number of event spaces suitable for conferences and trade shows of various sizes. This includes an auditorium with tiered seating for 1,500 people, a large 4000 square meter pillar-free space, 15 flexible meeting rooms and total capacity for up to 5,000 delegates at one time. Additional facilities include dedicated spaces for clients and production teams, and direct loading for production and exhibition vehicles. Located next to the well-known Celtic Manor Resort, the facility is jointly owned by Celtic Manor and the Welsh Government.
4. Dewi Meeting Room
For a smaller meeting space which is also very centrally located in Cardiff, consider the Dewi Meeting Room. The room seats up to six attendees in boardroom style, in a spacious and well-appointed room. The room is conveniently located on Greyfriars Road, with high-quality furniture, fit-out and facilities. This meeting space is perfect for small meetings, one-on-ones and interviews.
5. Glamorgan Cricket Club
Another sporting venue that also offers some great meeting and conference spaces for businesses is the Glamorgan Cricket Club. Sophia Gardens Cardiff is a set of events venues operating out of the cricket club, with a variety of rooms and spaces to suit different types and sizes of events. The jewel in the crown is the Sytner BMW Lounge, ideal for medium-sized dinners, training days and business events. The space seats up to 240 delegates in restaurant-style chairs and tables. Looking for a cosier venue for a talk or seminar? Try the Amber Energy Lounge, which accommodates up to 100 people in cabaret style seating.
6. Future Inns Cardiff
For meetings with those arriving from out of town, Future Inns’ location next to Cardiff Bay Station, and with other great transport connections, makes this an ideal venue. The venue also has plentiful free parking for delegates. Future Inns’ various event spaces include Dunraven, which can accommodate up to 160 delegates in theatre-style seating. This ranges down to smaller meeting rooms for just 10 people. All spaces include free Wi-Fi, data projection, blackout facilities, and ground-floor access.
7. The Royal Hotel Cardiff
The Royal Hotel Cardiff is a great venue for businesses looking for somewhere with loads of character. The hotel is a Grade II Listed Victorian building and Cardiff’s hotel, and their meeting and events spaces are creatively and exquisitely decorated. These include the Captain Scott Room with seating up to 120 delegates in theatre or cabaret style, as well as smaller meeting rooms. Located in the heart of the city centre, the Royal Hotel Cardiff is conveniently close to the Cardiff Central Rail Station.