The Senedd is not just a building for Members, it is your building.

It is the main public building of the Welsh Parliament, the main centre for democracy and devolution in Wales. It is an open building – a building into which you can walk, have a cup of coffee in the Oriel on the upper level, and go into the public galleries from the Neuadd on the centre level. And it is not just visitors that come here to see and enjoy the Senedd – we have also had performers, singers, exhibitions and all sorts of activities going on here, because it is a public building.

It is also a sustainable building, built of traditional Welsh materials such as slate and Welsh oak and other sustainable materials. It is also sustainable in the way it is heated; for example, the earth exchange system uses heat from the bottom of the old dock, on which the Senedd stands, before it became the area which is now Cardiff Bay. This is what this building represents. It represents sustainability, it represents democracy but it's more than that too – it is the symbol of the new nation that Wales has become. I hope you enjoy your visit to this site and that you will realise its value for you. This is Welsh democracy in action – this is devolution and it is yours!


Things to do

Siambr wide angle

Transparency is at the heart of the Senedd 

Take your seat in the public viewing gallery and watch democracy in action.  All 60 Members of the Senedd meet in the Chamber for the Plenary meeting every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon (during school term-time). Seats are usually available on the day, but you can pre-book to be sure of a place. 
Committee meetings can also be observed from public galleries. Simply ask at the Senedd reception desk, keep an eye on our public information screens, or visit our website to find out what’s on today.

Attending Plenary


The Senedd and Pierhead are fully accessible for all visitors.

For our disabled visitors, we offer pre-bookable car parking bays, ramps, lifts to all public area, and a lavatory with a hoist. Wheelchairs are available to borrow during your visit, and all public galleries have spaces for wheelchairs. Comfortable seating is also dotted throughout the building.

We have signage in braille, hearing induction loops on all reception desks and public galleries, and we welcome assistance dogs. 
For visitors with autism and sensory differences: we welcome preparatory visits by carers and helpers, and have a quiet room available to use on request.
For non-binary visitors, we have gender-neutral toilets in both the Senedd and Pierhead for your convenience.