South East Wales and Cardiff

Just beyond the city limits, the region offers visitors an insight into the rich culture and history of the area, including medieval castles, the Roman amphitheatre and museum at Caerleon, the industrial heritage of iron and then coal in the heart of the South Wales valleys, the tranquil and beautiful rural settings of the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk, and the stunning Glamorgan Heritage Coastline.

Access

2.5 hours by train from London, Cardiff is one of Europe’s best-connected destinations. Cardiff airport has more than 50 direct routes and over 1000 world wide connecting destinations.

Venues

NEW: ICC Wales 

Opening 2019
5,000 delegates
Total floor space exceeding 26,000sqm. 
1,500-seat auditorium 
Exhibition hall 4,000sqm: the largest pillar-free ballroom in Europe, capable of hosting 2,400 people for a gala dinner.
Meeting rooms including 1,000 theatre style
2,500 sqm outdoor plaza space
Two minutes from the M4

In addition to the Celtic Manor Resort adjacent to the ICC Wales, the new Coldra Court Hotel, is nearing completion of a £2m refurbishment programme. The hotel offers 148 bedrooms, a newly rebranded Springs Health Club with swimming pool, spa bath and gym, and nine meeting rooms, including the Severn Suite which seats 220 people for a Gala Dinner. A further new 146 room hotel adjacent to Coldra Court has received the planning go-ahead, further increasing accommodation capacity for the new ICC.

Large Venue

Principality Stadium 

The £121million Principality Stadium is Europe’s largest retractable roof arena, with a capacity for 72,500 spectators. It has 124 executive boxes that can cater for 16-32 people, and seven banqueting suites for corporate entertaining from 12 to 400 people (reception).

 

Small Group

St David's Hotel  

Holder of a 2017 Gold Award by Visit Wales, the luxurious five-star St David's Hotel enjoys fantastic views across Cardiff Bay and provides 132 rooms and 11 meeting rooms (maximum 270 theatre, 400 drinks).  It has a new restaurant and bar, The Admiral St David, and The Marine Spa, voted one of the best spas in the UK by Condé Nast Traveller.

Exclusive Use

The Exchange Hotel

A multi-million-pound renovation has transformed the important 19th Century Coal Exchange into a luxury 200-suite hotel with two unique meeting venues, capacity up to 600 people.

Unusual Venue

Cardiff Castle 

Some of the Castle's stunning rooms are available for events, including the 15th century stone-vaulted Undercroft, an amazing venue for an atmospheric and impressive Gala Dinner. With its own private bar and reception area it can also be used for meetings.

Accommodation

We have a huge range of accommodation right across the region - with some of the most popular attached to world class golf courses.

The  Vale Resort

Situated in over 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside the luxurious 143-bedroom four-star hotel boasts two championship golf courses, Wales’ largest spa and one of the largest conference centres in Wales, accommodating up to 700 delegates. Within the grounds, the beautiful 400-year-old Hensol Castle includes state of the art conference facilities in the new purpose-built Courtyard Hall, capable of hosting 320 theatre style and 200 banqueting, plus five smaller meeting rooms.

The Celtic Manor Resort 

Host of the Ryder Cup 2010 and The Nato Summit 2014, the five-star award-winning resort offers 400 bedrooms in two hotels, an additional country inn, three championship golf courses, 7 restaurants and two spas and health clubs. Voted M&IT ‘Best UK Hotel 2016 & 2017’, as well as C&IT ‘Top UK Conference Hotel’ for five consecutive years, the conference centre has flexible space designed to cater for events of all sizes, from small meetings to conventions for 1500. It also offers an ideal golfing incentive with the chance to play a round on the Ryder Cup course.

The Park Plaza Cardiff

A contemporary four-star hotel in the heart of the city centre with 129 rooms, the Laguna Restaurant with an award winning Executive Head Chef, a pool and spa and 11 meeting rooms.

 

Team Building and Incentives

New: St Fagans National Museum of History

St Fagans National Museum of History is one of Europe's leading open-air museums, giving an insight into the rich heritage and culture of Wales. Over 40 original buildings from different historical periods are available for groups to use, including the new addition of Gweithdy, part of the St Fagans £30 million Making History project.

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience offers a unique choice of spaces beyond the guided factory tour which can be customised for events. Create an immersive, pop-up cinema experience at your event in The Hub, host a sit-down dinner in The Café, entertain up to 250 people alfresco in the Piazza or hold a VIP meeting in the Pistrucci Room.

Penderyn Whisky Factory 

Wales’ only distillery and one of the smallest in the world, the Penderyn Whisky Distillery sits in the foothills of the Brecon Beacon and is famous for its Penderyn Single Malt Whisky. Groups can take a fascinating journey through the history of whisky making in Wales or join a master class to really understand what really makes this Welsh whisky unique. 

Sector Strengths

Cardiff is now one of the most competitive locations in the UK for skilled service sector businesses, home to companies such as Admiral. The region is also home to a flourishing advanced manufacturing sector, linking with universities delivering world-class research, and is a business hub for the automotive sector that includes Ford and Aston Martin. Cardiff also boasts a significant position in life sciences, one of Wales’ fastest growing and most innovative sectors, and is the base for the central Life Sciences Hub, Europe’s first centre for Nano-Health, and host of BioWales, one of the largest life sciences conferences in the UK.

The region is also important for technology, and leads the way in the development of cyber security. The University of South Wales is the only university in the UK with GCHQ accreditation for computer forensics.

The creative industries are booming in South East Wales: a thriving creative cluster is home to around 10,000 people in the city, and over 25,000 in the city-region. Creative and innovative companies include Bad Wolf, Wild Creations, Milk and Bang.