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On since 2022

Last update: November 2023

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is an award winning venue, set in an idyllic setting for your milestone wedding celebration. Found within the immaculate grounds of Cardiff Castle, this unique destination happens to border one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the UK, Bute Park.

Facilities and Capacity

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has two unique buildings, forming one of the region's most sought-after locations for that very special day. Your first option includes Cardiff Castle’s historic stables building, an open-air courtyard, and two elegant rooms accommodating up to 80 guests. Situated on a magnificent tree-lined avenue, you and your guests can arrive within Bute Park by car, horse, cart, or even water taxi. The second event area option is the magnificent glass-walled hall and terrace overlooking the park– the perfect backdrops for your photographs and champagne reception. If you plan to host a large gathering, the hall leads to a world-class concert theatre, perfect for a ceremony with a difference. When paired together with the glass atrium, bar and dance floor, you can look forward to accommodating 200 of your nearest and dearest daytime guests, and up to 300 evening guests.

Services Offered

When you choose to book the Royal Welsh College, you are guaranteed exclusive access to both buildings throughout your big day. Private get-ready facilities are available for luxurious, on-site preparations if the wedding party requires them. The in-house catering team will gladly customise your menu to reflect any particular preferences or dietary requirements you or your guests might have. This venue is dog-friendly in all outdoor areas, including the historic Anthony Hopkins Centre Courtyard.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
In the city
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence
Religious ceremony license

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

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7 reviews
99% recommend it
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Matt D. Sent on 22/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical in every way!

The team are so professional, kind, supportive. Wouldn’t change a thing about the planning of the day and the actual day.
Amanda R. Sent on 08/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Truly Magical

We had our ideas of what we wanted for our wedding, we wanted things tailored to our personalities and RWCMD certainly helped us do this. We had our truly unique wedding there recently and were blown away by how flexible and welcoming the staff at the venue were. Just brilliant.
Jo Pritchard
Jo Pritchard Sent on 16/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Venue and Staff

WOW! We can honestly say that our experience with all involved with our wedding was fabulous and the venue exceeds all expectations. Let's start with the staff. They were caring, thoughtful, attentive and made all our guests (not just us) feel completely relaxed. Before the day, we were able to meet regularly and communication between us, the venue and the various suppliers was spot on. On the day, every guest, including those with specific requirements, were looked after beautifully. The venue looked stunning. The attention to detail is what makes it so special. If you are considering getting married in Cardiff and you want a venue who genuinely want to celebrate with you and create a perfect day around all of your wishes and ideas, look no further!
Ella C. Sent on 24/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue in the centre of Cardiff

We cannot recommend the RWCMD more! From the minute we enquired about the venue until after our wedding day the team here have been amazing. We were constantly kept in the loop with regular catch ups and formal meetings to discuss various ideas and plans. Ever member of staff were professional, helpful and friendly. The venue itself is beautiful, all our guests commented on just how amazing the venue looked. We were really able to tailor the day to how we wanted with the help fo Nadia. We were put at such ease and able to really enjoy our day because we had complete trust in the team at the Royal Welsh.
Hollie W. Sent on 15/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely incredible

As soon as we got engaged, we knew we wanted a lot of our friends and family to be part of our big day and the biggest part of that would be choosing our venue. As soon as I contacted Royal Welsh we had a meeting booked in straight away. Throughout this whole process royal Welsh have been amazing and definitely kept me from being stressed during the wedding planning. I would not recommend them enough and I would like to say a massive thank you to the whole team for helping our day go as smoothly as possible.
Holly R. Sent on 22/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant all round!

We are so glad we went with RWCMD for our wedding, as we had such a smooth and stress-free day. We chose this venue because they were so professional, helpful and friendly right from the start and were quick to respond to our emails. Throughout the process, this continued and they were always happy to answer any queries. They were also incredibly flexible with our ideas, so we really got the day we wanted and I didn't feel other venues would offer this. On top of this on the day all our guests could not stop commenting on how lovely the staff were, how good the food was, or how beautiful the venue was. Thank you!
Rebecca P. Sent on 16/08/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful day, perfectly managed

The staff at the college are incredibly professional. The wedding coordinator Aimee is highly organised and a pleasure to work with. The venue is stunning, you'll see from pictures that it needs very little decorating. It isn't the cheapest venue but it was worth every penny to us. It was beautiful, the food is delicious, central to town for guests, in the grounds of the park so perfect for pictures, plenty of wet weather options and as previously mentioned the organisation was excellent. A cracking day!
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