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The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is an award winning wedding venue set in the historic grounds of Cardiff Castle bordering one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the UK. It's the perfect backdrop for you and your guests.

Spend your special day with us

We're one of Cardiff’s most sought-after locations with two unique wedding venues to choose from.

There is the stunning former Cardiff Castle stables with its historic courtyard and beautiful tree-lined entrance with the castle in view.

We also have our magnificent contemporary glass atrium and open-air terrace overlooking the park – a fabulous back-drop for your photographs and champagne reception. It is also a stunning location for your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. You'll have access to an outstanding concert hall and theatre – perfect for a ceremony with a dramatic difference.

Anthony Hopkins Centre

This stunning building is the renovated Cardiff Castle stables with a historic courtyard and an equally impressive tree-lined avenue for you and your guests to arrive from Bute Park with the castle in view. Your arrival can range from traditional wedding cars, horses and carts and, as the park is situated on the river running down to Cardiff Bay, it is even possible to arrive by water-taxi. 

As one of the most beautiful parks in the UK, it also forms a magnificent back-drop for your photographs.

Our impressive Anthony Hopkins Centre is named after the actor who studied at the College in the 1960s. Two elegant ceremony rooms are housed in the centre. 

The Weston Gallery can seat up to 80 guests and the Corus Suite, with its unique and beautiful spiral staircase, is ideal for more intimate ceremonies of up to 60 guests. These venues can also host your drinks reception followed by a wedding breakfast for up to 50 guests in the Weston Gallery, or why not invite your guests to sip champagne in our open-air courtyard? We can also accommodate two dogs in the courtyard for your drinks reception.

World class concert halls and theatres

For larger weddings, our outstanding world-class concert hall and theatres can create a bespoke wedding ceremony with a dramatic difference.

Our stunning contemporary glass-walled entrance hall and open-air terrace, overlooking the Grade I Bute Park, create a truly wonderful venue for your drinks reception and wedding breakfast for up to 200 seated guests.

We can also host blessings of up to 120 guests in our stunning Atrium Foyer, with Bute Park as the breath-taking backdrop for your ceremony.

For your evening celebrations, we can accommodate up to 300 guests with our licensed bar, dance floor for live bands, DJs or musicians and cloakroom.

Our unique bridge can be decorated with fairy lights to create an impressive entrance for your first dance together.

It's your day

As a creative venue, we offer lots of flexibility 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 arranging a theatrical ceremony on a stage, a summer’s day wedding walk with your guests through the park, a reception with choirs, harpists, jazz trios and string quartets and special lighting and scenery for your evening party.


Our wedding venues are available through April, from July to September, as well December. We offer full day hire from Friday to Sunday, and for a couples looking for micro wedding or celebration, we offer a half-day hire from Monday to Thursday.

What our couples think

'We loved it and couldn't be happier that we chose the College for our special day.'
Bethan & Max
'Thank you for making this special day run so smoothly. The food was fantastic and everyone had an amazing time. Big thank you!'
Romy & Jason


Our in-house chefs have created a wide range of menu options, designed so you can create your wedding day menu – from sophisticated fine-dining banquets to quirky and fun buffets to suit all tastes and budgets. Our chefs work with local producers and Fairtrade suppliers to add a distinctively Welsh flavour to your day and reduce our carbon footprint.

For your evening reception, we can add your own wedding day cocktail or favourite tipple to our wine list. Alternatively, you can provide your wine or fizz and our corkage fee covers serving staff, glass hire and cleaning.

Hire costs

Booking our venues includes your dedicated and highly-experienced Wedding Manager to help you plan your dream wedding within your budget. Our venues are charged on a full-day or half-day basis and this includes all the spaces you need for your ceremony, reception and evening celebrations. The hire time begins with preparation and decorating, setting up tables and chairs and working with your florist and cake suppliers.

The hire includes a bar operation, staff and all tables and chairs. Catering prices quoted include all waiting staff, crockery, cutlery, glasses, white linen tablecloths and napkins.

In addition, for an entirely bespoke wedding, we can offer a range of creative opportunities to make the day as individual as you are, as well as offer complimentary use of our painters easels and chrome number stands.


Our beautiful park location is within a very short walk from the centre of the capital city of Cardiff with its luxury hotels, boutique guest houses and budget accommodation providers.

Overnight accommodation in the capital city’s hotels and guest houses can be arranged for over 150 guests at very competitive rates through the Cardiff Convention Bureau. Contact Faye Tanner at or 029 2087 1846.

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