Tucked away in a quiet corner of Llandaff, St. Michael’s Centre is fast becoming the international conferencing centre of choice. With its unique historical setting, up-to-date conferencing facilities and quality accommodation, St Michael’s Centre really can offer the complete package
Llandaff is full of surprises but none more perhaps than St Michael’s Centre, nestled quietly within the familiar buildings of the village.
Owned by the Church in Wales, this Grade II listed building is fast-becoming an international destination for groups looking for a unique meeting and conference venue.
The St Michael’s site in Llandaff has historically been the centre of residential ministry training for the Church in Wales. However, on 1st July 2016, following broad consultation across the Church in Wales, the St Padarn’s Institute, a new Training Institute to lead all ministry training in the Church in Wales, was formed. At the same time, the St Michael’s College site at Llandaff transformed to become the St Michael’s Centre, offering conferencing, meeting, hospitality and accommodation facilities to the wider market.
Although the St Padarn’s Institute continues for the time being to have a base at St Michael’s Centre, their footprint is much reduced and increasing elements of their training previously based there are now delivered at a local level across Wales, making available the wide range of facilities in the truly unique setting of the Llandaff site.
The Centre is proving popular with international guests and in the next few months,- it will host groups from the US, Sweden and New Zealand. It recently hosted a celebration lunch following the historic consecration of Joanna Penberthy as the new Bishop of St David’s.
The centre owes its existence to the generosity of the Talbot Family of Margam. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot JP, had sufficient estate derived from his ancestors to enable him to bequeath several million pounds in property and stocks to his three daughters. It was his disabled daughter Olivia who as a major benefactor of the Anglican Church in Wales, had the idea for the creation of a theological College in Wales in the Diocese of Llandaff and donated a substantial amount of money for its creation and its running costs.
On St David’s Day 1892, the college was opened by the then Bishop of Llandaff, Richard Lewis.
Today, the venue offers a unique atmosphere among a mix of historic buildings. Behind the façade is a tranquil site that offers beautiful architecture and up-to-date technology.
The Centre holds 6 conference rooms and can facilitate anything from short meetings to residential conferences. There are 32 en-suite bedrooms available too, including double, twin and family options. All rooms are serviced daily and have wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, towels and bed linen.
On site catering can offer guests continental breakfast in the mornings through to buffets and three-course meals throughout the day. St Michael’s seeks to use local supplies where possible and is proud to support the Fairtrade Foundation.
St Michael’s has been part of the Llandaff community for over a century and they already welcome local community groups and host family events at the centre. The venue can be hired for a one-off meeting, or can be booked for regular events over a period of time.
And if it’s a bit of peace and quiet that’s needed, step out into the tranquility of the beautiful gardens, where the central lawn is bordered by well-tended flower beds.
The Centre is on direct transport routes from Cardiff city centre, located near the M4 and also has free on-site parking.
Above all, versatility and diversity are the key aspects of the venue, with the ability to cater for anything from birthday parties through to full conferences. Its distinct atmosphere and environment make St Michael’s Centre a true sanctuary where events and business can be impeccably accomplished.