When you’re not busy enjoying the films and events of the Iris Prize Festival, why not take the time to investigate what else Cardiff has to offer. There’s always something new to discover in the city, so make the most of your visit- go forth and explore. Here are some recommendations to get you started.
Theatres and Cinemas
Mary Anne Street, Cardiff
Cineworld Cardiff, pictured above, is home to the Iris Prize Festival, and also a great place to see the latest movies every day of the year!
St David’s Hall
St David’s Hall is is best known as the venue for the annual Welsh Proms and as a host to some of the world’s top orchestras. The 2000-seater hall also features international singers, comedians, musicals and plays. Tickets range from free to around £30.
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road, Canton
Chapter has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse arts centres in Europe, combining theatre, art, film, music and literature into one venue. Regular festivals, themed events, workshops and lectures ensure that there’s always something of interest taking place, and the excellent bar and café means it’s a great place to hang out between shows. By specialising in real ales and European beers, an evening at Chapter means your tastebuds can get some culture too.
Since opening in 1906, this recently-restored Edwardian Playhouse has played host to such legends of the stage as Laurel and Hardy. Today the New Theatre is a popular venue for touring musicals and plays.Tickets range from £6-£30.
The Sherman Theatre has commissioned more new plays for young people than any other theatre in Britain, many of which are dedicated to nurturing tomorrow’s talents through a programme of youth projects. Its diverse programme also features plenty of work in the Welsh language. Tickets £5-£20.
Wales Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre presents international opera, ballet, modern dance, theatre and musicals. Shows take place in a variety of spaces, including the world-class Donald Gordon Theatre and The Void- which lets you explore the roof space for unique and unforgettable performances. Situated in Cardiff Bay, the landmark building also offers group tours every day so you can uncover some of its backstage secrets. Show tickets are £5-£50.
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Wales’ National Conservatoire, RWCMD hosts over 300 public performances every year including orchestral concerts, drama, opera and musical theatre. It’s also home to the most popular jazz night in Cardiff- a free event that takes place on Friday evenings in the foyer, featuring the up and coming talent of the college’s jazz students. Tickets £5-£20.
Two wealthy Welsh sisters bequeathed their large art collection to the National Museum Cardiff in the mid 20th century, resulting in Cardiff owning one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris, with works by Renoir, Monet and Cezanne. It’s also a great place to learn some of Cardiff’s interesting and varied natural history and explore one of its grandest buildings. Free entry, closed Mondays.
G39 is renowned internationally as one of Cardiff’s leading contemporary art spaces. The work on display is a mix of Welsh and from further afield, often exhibiting recent art graduates alongside established international artists, with a focus on showcasing the best experimental new work.
Turner House Gallery
Ffotogallery is Wales’ premier gallery devoted to photography featuring touring exhibitions from Welsh and international photographers; the centre also runs regular photography projects, provides drop-in facilities and runs photography courses.
Clwb Ifor Bach
11 Womanby Street
Often referred to as ‘The Welsh Club‘, this place has three floors and caters for a wide range of musical tastes, with each floor often offering a different scene. It stages regular club nights with DJs, and gigs, and is also the place to contact if you have the desire to learn Welsh.