Situated overlooking the waters of Cardiff Bay, this easily accessible public building is a Parliament for the people of Wales.
Opened on St David’s Day 2006 by Queen Elizabeth II and renowned architect Lord Richard Rogers, The Senedd is situated in a prime position on the waterfront alongside the Pierhead, also belonging to the Assembly estate. It houses the National Assembly for Wales’ Siambr (debating chamber) and Committee Rooms, all of which have a public gallery to allow members of the public free access inside to take an interest in the discussions that help shape their lives as well as hosting world class exhibitions and events throughout the year.
It is one of the most environmentally friendly Parliament buildings in the world making use of local Welsh materials including Llan Ffestiniog slate, Pembrokeshire oak and Port Talbot steel as well as using geothermal heating to keep the building heated in the colder months.
The Senedd is completely transparent at public levels with a café and a shop on the upper level when once through security, the public can enjoy a nice cup of tea and a Welsh cake while looking at the literature and craft gifts available from all over Wales.
Pop in and see the friendly reception staff who can help with your visit and general enquires.
Leave the M4 at junction 33, follow the A4232 to Cardiff Bay and follow signposts to National Assembly for Wales. The nearest car parks are at Cardiff Waterside, next to the Wales Millennium Centre, and at Mermaid Quay. Parking is available in the Assembly car park for visitors who are disabled by prior arrangement. In the case of visitors who are attending meetings with Assembly Members, Ministers or officials, arrangements should be made with their offices. In the case of visitors attending Plenary Meetings, Committee Meetings or a pre-arranged visits to the Senedd, parking can be arranged through the Assembly switchboard on 0845 010 5500. Visitors must be display their disabled parking badge on arrival.
By bus: The baycar bendy bus leaves from Cardiff Queen Street Station, Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, St. Mary Street or Cardiff Central Rail Station every 10 minutes and stops at both Pierhead Street and outside the Wales Millennium Centre adjacent to the Senedd. Routes 7, 8 and 11 depart from Castle Street or Westgate Street and operate every 15 minutes and stop on Pierhead Street, a short walk (approximately 200 metres) from the Senedd and the Pierhead building. Alternatively, from Cardiff central bus station, routes 35 and 36 depart from stand E1 and operate every 20 minutes to the Wales Millennium Centre adjacent to the Senedd. By train: Services run every 20 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station to Cardiff Bay Station. The station is a few minutes walk from the Senedd and the Pierhead building. For more information contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk.