James Orchestral Tour – Cardiff St David’s Hall – Weds 26 April 2023

Cardiff St David’s Hall – Neuadd Dewi Sant – The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH

About the Venue

St David’s Hall is a purpose-built 2000 capacity concert venue built above the St David’s Shopping Centre in Cardiff. It is the Welsh National Concert Hall and National Conference Centre, built in 1982 and hosting a variety of performances, from Opera and Ballet to Rock concerts and Comedy, with excellent acoustics designed specifically for orchestral events.

The layout of the venue spans 14 separate sections – the main ground level 15 row Stalls and 13 tiers at different levels, each with between 4 and 8 rows. There is a Tier 5, which is behind the stage, although I am unsure whether these are being used for the James show.

The Stalls are Rows A-P (front row is AAA) with AAA to E being flat, and F-P raked.

Tier 1 is a 6 row tier, central above the stalls

Tiers 2, 3, 4, 12 and 13 are on the left of the auditorium, with 12 and 13 the highest

Tiers 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are on the right of the auditorium, with 9 and 10 the highest

Tier 11 is the highest up and central to the stage

If Tier 5 is being used, it is situated behind the stage, the view of the band may not be the best from here.

As the venue is right in the heart of the city centre, above the shopping centre, there are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from, but the venue itself has 2 bars (levels 3 and 5) and a Gin Lounge (Level 4). There are also kiosks serving sweets, crisps and soft drinks.

The venue website states that cameras and recording of performances is not allowed, but they will allow standing and dancing if appropriate to the performance.

There is an interactive tour of the venue here – http://ow.ly/aXhb30coDtP

Getting There

The Hall is right in the city centre of Cardiff and well signposted – if you are parking in the St David’s Centre car park, use Postcode CF10 2EN, which will take you directly to the car park.


The Hall is 5 minute’s walk from both the central station and Queen St station.

Park and Ride

Cardiff has a Park and Ride facility – however, it will not be suitable for this show, as it closes at 9pm and does not allow overnight parking.


St David’s 2 centre
Situated above the St David’s 2 centre is a 2,000 space contemporary 24-hour car parking facility. The car park is safe and secure with a 24 hour CCTV system monitoring the 6-storey facility and to ensure you don’t forget on which level you’ve parked, the car park is colour coded, uses easy to read and re-call icons and each level is named after a Welsh river.

Pedestrian exits from this car park will take you directly onto the Hayes. Use postcode CF10 2EN to find the car park.

NB. This car park no longer takes cash payments, you will need to pay by card or QwikPark app (which you can download and use to pay online, and the barrier will recognise your car and raise automatically).

Evening rates after 5pm to midnight are £3 for 3 hours and £5 over 3 hours. If you arrive before 5, you will be charged at day rate til 5pm and the evening tarrif after 5pm.

Cardiff City Centre Car Parks

Details can be found here – https://www.visitcardiff.com/visitor-info/car-parks/?category_id=11069#Listings

Cardiff car parks in Red with Venue top left of image

Food and Drink

The centre of Cardiff is well served by pubs and restaurants and there are a huge number within walking distance of the venue. Some of the closest are within the St David’s Shopping Centre:

Frankie and Benny’s
Pizza Express
Yo! Sushi

The Cardiff Stable – Bridge Street, CF10 2EH is a large pizza restaurant that also serves craft beers – https://stablepizza.com/cardiff/

The Grazing Shed – Barrack Lane CF10 2FR claims to be Wales’ best burger joint – why not go and find out? https://www.thegrazingshed.com/ They also have a huge range of veggie and vegan options.


There are a good choice of pubs in the vicinity –

The Traders Tavern – 6-8 Bridge Street – CF10 2EH is the closest, although the restaurants above serve beer too

A little further afield are:

Duke of Wellington – 42 The Hayes CF10 1AJ – also serves pub food

Cornerhouse Cardiff – 25 Caroline Street CF10 1FF – British and Mediterranean menu

St Mary Street has a good number of bars, along with lots of food options –

The Great Western – Wetherspoon – near to station 64 St Mary Street CF10 1FA

Prince of Wales – Wetherspoon – 81-83 St Mary Street CF10 1FA

Walkabout – 65-74 St Mary Street CF10 1FA

O’Neill’s – 85-87 St Mary Street CF10 1DW

Slug and Lettuce – 84 St Mary Street CF10 1AT

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