The Pierhead Today

Published 15/12/2020   |   Last Updated 15/12/2020   |   Reading Time minutes

The Pierhead is a unique visitor, events and conference venue for the people of Wales; a space to express opinions and give voice to issues that matter to you as individuals, communities or organisations. Built in 1897, this Grade I listed building was originally the headquarters of the Cardiff Railway Company, replacing the original Bute Dock Company offices which burnt down in 1892. 

Cardiff’s docklands have witnessed many changes over the last century, yet the Pierhead has remained a central feature in this remarkable area. In these bustling rooms, accountants, hydrographers, surveyors and typists worked shoulder to shoulder to maintain what were once some of the most prosperous docks in the world. The Pierhead is rumoured to be the place where the first million-pound cheque was kept after being signed in the nearby Coal Exchange. 

As a backdrop to innumerable news bulletins, the Pierhead is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Wales. Following extensive refurbishment, it now also offers visitors an opportunity to learn about its varied history, including how it has stood witness to incredible changes in Cardiff Bay, as it moved from being the country’s industrial hub to the seat of democracy in Wales.