Visit the Senedd and Pierhead: Cadw Open Doors 2016

Published 24/08/2016   |   Last Updated 24/08/2016

What is Open Doors? On 10 September 2016 the National Assembly for Wales will be offering exclusive access to the public as part of Cadw’s annual Open Doors event. While the Senedd and Pierhead are open to the public throughout the year, Open Doors visitors will be able see what happens behind the scenes in some areas not usually open to the public. Senedd and Pierhead buildings from outside. Interior of Senedd showing the funnel and seats. Where is it? The Open Doors tour will take visitors on a journey through the history of both Cardiff Bay and the National Assembly for Wales. It will include all three buildings within the Assembly’s Cardiff Bay estate: The Pierhead Start your journey through time in 1897 with the Pierhead, an iconic late Victorian building where visitors can discover the history of Cardiff Bay. The Pierhead is now a museum and exhibition centre, open to the public seven days a week. Ty Hywel The original home of the Assembly’s debating chamber, Ty Hywel hosts the offices of both Assembly staff and Members. The Senedd Celebrating its tenth birthday this year and boasting a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Senedd is the heart of democracy in Wales. A modern parliamentary building and home of the debating chamber of the Assembly, the Senedd is also one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings in Wales. Visitors will learn about the history and the architecture of the buildings and discover more about the work of the National Assembly for Wales. This is the last stop on the tour and to celebrate the Senedd’s tenth birthday, Open Doors visitors this year will also receive a free tea or coffee from the Senedd’s Oriel café. Coffee cup in the Senedd Address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA When? 10 September 11:00am How do I book my place on the tour? Booking is essential as we can only offer a limited number of places on this exclusive behind the scenes tour. Please call 0300 200 6565 or email to book your place. Further information Cadw Open Doors is an annual celebration of the architecture and heritage of Wales and is part of European Heritage Days, which take place in 50 European countries each year in September. For more information, including other participating attractions around Wales, please see the Cadw website. Visiting the National Assembly for Wales If you can’t make it on 10 September you can still visit the Senedd and Pierhead buildings which are open to the public seven days a week. The Senedd regularly hosts a variety of events with performers, singers, exhibitions and activities happening throughout the year so come along and see what’s happening! You could also find out who your Assembly Members are and how they represent your interests in the Senedd’s debating chamber. The Senedd is currently open: Monday – Friday 9:30 – 16:30 Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (all year) 10:30 – 16:30 Further information for visitors, including information for those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition can be found on our website. National Assembly for Wales Trip Advisor webpage Senedd Facebook page   Pierhead building with open door