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History of the Assembly and its buildings

The Senedd was opened in 2006, and is where Assembly Members gather for Plenary. The Assembly estate also includes the Pierhead, an historical building in Cardiff Bay. As well as these two buildings, the Assembly also has a visitor information centre in Colwyn Bay and an outreach bus that regularly visits the different regions of Wales.

History of the Senedd

The Senedd, which was opened in 2006, is situated in a prime position on the waterfront in Cardiff Bay. It houses the National Assembly for Wales’ Siambr (debating chamber) and Committee Rooms.

The Senedd is situated on the waterfront in Cardiff Bay, adjacent to the Grade 1 listed Pierhead Building and Wales Millennium Centre. The building faces south west and looks out over a spectacular panorama of sky and water.

The building has three floors. Transparent at the public level, the debates take place below within the slate plinth.The Senedd was designed to be as open and accessible as possible.

History of the Pierhead

The Pierhead is a unique visitor, events and conference venue for the people of Wales; a space to express opinions and give voice to issues that matter. A historic Grade One listed building, the Pierhead was once the focal point of commerce in Wales. This majestic building has stood proud over 113 years of Cardiff Bay's unique and varied history.

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