Know your theatre:
Venue Cymru, on the promenade in Llandudno, north Wales, is a theatre,
conference centre and arena.
The Victoria Palace, the first theatre on the site, opened in 1894 and was a promenade landmark for over 100 years, with a couple of name changes on the way.
It was pressed into use as a roller skating rink, dance hall and summer shows venue, but finally closed in 1994. The building was derelict for a decade before being demolished in 2005 to make way for an atrium and meeting and conference rooms adjoining the next door North Wales Theatre and Conference Centre – developed in 1994 to house a 1,500-seat theatre and large conference hall.
The £10.7m development, with funding from local authorities, Arts Council Wales, European funds and the Welsh Development Agency, provided a total venue capacity of 5,000 and includes a cafe, restaurant, box office and offices. A public competition in 2005 resulted in the complex being renamed Venue Cymru.
Conferences are held there throughout the year and the arena space is used for live rock bands. The theatre specialises in touring plays, musicals and opera.
Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Box office: 01492 872000; group bookings 01492 872001
The complex is very large, with 28 separate spaces available for large conferences, meetings, exhibitions and reception areas. The theatre is a modern, 1,500-seat space with technical facilities for large touring shows. There are accessible toilets on all levels; wheelchair users have full access to all public areas, and designated stalls spaces. The theatre has infrared and induction-loop systems for hearing aids. Full accessibility details here.
The building has a full restaurant and a cafe bar. The theatre in 10mins on foot from transport links. EV chargers are available. See this page for all Venue Cymru facilities
Venue Cymru operates a pay and display car park at the rear of the building, with designated disabled parking bays near the main entrance. Parking is also available on the promenade - pay and display until 4pm, then free.