Book a visit to Cardiff Bay

Visit Siambr Hywel, the Assembly’s dedicated youth debating chamber in Tŷ Hywel, National Assembly for Wales, CF99 1NA. You can view the facilities in our virtual tour.

Virtual Tour

We offer:

Visits for schools and colleges

Your group will learn about the role of an Assembly Member and develop their debating skills by taking part in a debate in a fully equipped chamber. Pupils will improve their understanding of how the Assembly improves life in Wales and how they can get involved. You will visit the Senedd and ask questions to your Members, subject to availability.

The Assembly offers three educational visits a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:10.00 – 12.00, 11.00 – 13.00, 13.00 – 14.30, (13.00 – 15.00 on Thursdays).

Tickets are also available to visit Plenary after your session on Tuesdays and Wednesday. A lunch area is provided.

Suitable for KS2, KS3, KS4, school councils, 16+, colleges, Politics students and Welsh Baccalaureate Groups (maximum number in each group is 44 including teachers and support staff).

Book your visit by calling 0300 200 6565 or email contact@assembly.wales.

Visits for youth organisations

The Assembly offers tailored sessions in Siambr Hywel, at times to suit the needs of every youth organisation. Groups can take part in a debate in the Assembly’s youth debating chamber, complete an activity and visit the Senedd.

Tickets are also available to visit Plenary if you visit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time.

Book your visit by calling 0300 200 6565 or email contact@assembly.wales.

Your Visit

  • Your visit will begin in Siambr Hywel, the Assembly’s youth debating chamber in Tŷ Hywel, and finish at the Senedd. Each visit is structured and it’s really important that you arrive on time so we have time for the full educational programme. Please allow some extra time for your visit.
  • If you have booked the lunch area for your pupils to eat their packed lunches, this will be available for you at the end of your visit. Please note that you will not be able to buy any food or drinks during the visit.
  • When you booked your visit, you should have been given information on the maximum group sizes we are able to accommodate. If there is a significant change in the number of pupils you will be bringing, please let the Booking Team know as soon as you can on 0300 200 6565. We also ask that you let the Booking Team know if there’s a substantial delay to your journey

Travel subsidy

Schools and youth groups outside a 10-mile radius of Cardiff Bay are entitled to receive £1 per mile travel subsidy, for one coach per year, for a return journey to the National Assembly. The travel subsidy your school is entitled to is shown on your booking form. To ensure that the payment can be made promptly, please send us your completed form in the post to ‘FREEPOST NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES’.

Subsidised Transport Form (PDF, 68KB)

Subsidised Transport Terms and Conditions (PDF, 68KB)

Risk assessment

During the visit, you will be responsible for your students; please make sure that the teacher to pupil ratio complies with local authority guidelines. We have carried out a risk assessment for educational visits but we also recommend that you complete your own risk assessment before your visit. This should take into account risks not covered by our assessment, such as risks associated with travelling from the bus to the Assembly building etc. Please return all forms to ‘FREEPOST NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES’.
Risk assessment form (PDF, 1.64MB)

Photographic consent

In order to promote the work of the Education team we often take photos or videos during visits. We often share those images in a variety of ways such on the internet, social media and YouTube. If you are happy for videos or photos to be taken, please send us your completed form in the post to ‘FREEPOST NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES’.
Photographic Consent Form (PDF, 211KB)

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Do you work with young people who have an autistic spectrum disorder? You may find this document useful when you are planning your visit.

What to expect when you visit the National Assembly for Wales: A guide for people with autism
(PDF, 4MB)

Resources

For curriculum linked resources and useful information about the Assembly click below:
Resources

Other attractions

There is a shop in the Senedd which offers a showcase of Welsh talent and an opportunity to purchase souvenirs and gifts.

The Pierhead is open as a visitor centre and events venue that complements the work of the Assembly. It also contains displays and exhibitions, some of which are interactive, that tell the story of this iconic building. You may like to visit the Pierhead with your students while you are in Cardiff Bay. Activity sheets are available at reception.