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​​​​​​Weeping Window at the Senedd

Weeping Window

The Senedd has been chosen to host the Weeping Window installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as part of 14-18 NOW's UK-wide tour.

The iconic poppies will be at the Senedd between 8 August and 24 September 2017.

 

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Visitor information


D​​​​ates: 

8 August - 24​​ September

 

Opening times: 

Monday to Wednesday, Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm

Thursdays in August - 9.30am - 8pm.


Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10:30am - 4:30pm

(Please note that last admission is 30 minutes before closing)


The Senedd offers free guided tours. The tours will be available regularly throughout the day.

 

Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. The sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, is presented by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War Centenary.

The sculpture, alongside Wave – a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks – was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic sculptural elements of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the summer and autumn of 2014.

The Senedd, home to the National Assembly for Wales, is the first venue to host Weeping Window where the sculpture can be seen from the outside as well as the inside. ​​

Join the conversation at #PoppiesTour or find out more about the poppies at 14-18NOW.

Image shows the Weeping Window at (L-R): St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall (photo by Michael Bowles/Getty Images); Woodhorn Colliery


Image shows the Weeping Window at (L-R): St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall (photo by Michael Bowles/Getty Images); Woodhorn Colliery Museum (photo by Colin Davison), and The Silk Mill, Derby (photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images). Header image shows the Poppies: Wave installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

 

 
 

 

What's on?

Alongside the Weeping Window we are pleased to confirm the following:

Reflection space

Our reflection space is a quiet area where you can stop, and think about how you felt when you experienced Poppies: Weeping Window.

You can take a card to write a comment, draw a picture, or share a message of remembrance for someone. Your cards will be displayed on our Remembrance Wall, for others to read and reflect on.

Acts of the Assembly

We make laws which are shaping the future of Wales.

A selection of Acts of the Assembly show the type of decisions made here in the Senedd. They link the realities that the people of Wales would have experienced 100 years ago and the freedom and choices we have today. ​

Women, War, Peace

This exhibition explores the impact of war on women across the world in the hundred years since the First World War.

It is a collaboration between the renowned photojournalist, Lee Karen Stow, and the Wales for Peace project.

It includes the work of some 300 volunteers from across Wales who in the last two years have been exploring the core question of the Wales for Peace project:
"In the hundred years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace?"

​The stories behind the names

The Welsh National Book of Remembrance for the First World War is a core feature of the history of the Temple of Peace, home of the Wales for Peace project.

To date, it has been displayed, with interpretation panels, at five venues across Wales. At each venue we highlight the stories of local soldiers for our 'Remembering for Peace' exhibition.

A small number of women are named in the Book, nurses and volunteers who were killed on the front line. These are the 'stories behind the names' on which this exhibition focuses.

Arts and Craft corner            

Do you want to make your own poppy? You can take it home with you as a reminder of your day - or add it to our own 'Poppy Canvas' that will be on display throughout the exhibition.

​Senedd Trail

Have a go at winning a prize! Explore the Senedd and collect the clues – and find out lots of interesting facts about the building and the National Assembly along the way!

Collect a trail card from the Arts and Craft corner, and hand in your completed card

​Free tours

One of our tour guides will take you on a tour of the Senedd and its key architectural features. They'll share the role of the Assembly and the importance of democracy in handling conflicts in a peaceful way.

Tours will last approx. 30 minutes and run regularly 7 days a week.

​Café

Our café offers a range of refreshments, and is the perfect place to end your visit.

Shop

Our gift shop showcases a selection of the best of Welsh produce.

Whilst we host Poppies: Weeping Window, we have some special items related to the sculpture for sale as a souvenir of your visit.​

​​​Thursday evenings at the Senedd

​To celebrate the arrival of the Weeping Window, the Senedd will be open later on Thursday evenings to offer the chance for visitors to experience the sculpture at night. The café​ will be serving refreshments until 8pm. 


 

 
 

 

What is​​​​​ the Senedd?​

The Senedd is the home of the National Assembly for Wales, and represents the heart of democracy in Wales. 

A modern parliamentary building, it is open to the public throughout the year, welcoming visitors seven days a week.

Entry is free of charge, and as the building offers some of the best views in Cardiff Bay, please come along and have a look around.

What’s inside?​

The Senedd houses the debating chamber of the National Assembly for Wales. Look down below the huge funnel and you’ll be able to see where our politicians sit during parliamentary debates. Take one of our free tours to discover more about the building and what happens here.

 

 
 

 

How to get here​

Bus​​​

The Baycar (Route 6) bendy bus leaves from various bus stops around the city centre every 10 minutes and stops outside the Wales Millennium Centre adjacent to the Senedd.

Routes 7 and 8 depart from Canal Street and Westgate Street respectively every 15 minutes and stop on Pierhead Street, a short walk (approximately 200 metres) from the Senedd.

For more information please visit the Baycar website.

Train

Services run every 12 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station to Cardiff Bay Station. The station is a few minutes walk from the Senedd and the Pierhead buildings.

Road

Leave the M4 at junction 33, follow the A4232 to Cardiff Bay and follow signposts to National Assembly for Wales, CF99 1NA.

Car parking

There are two multi-storey car parks situated in Cardiff Bay. Q-Park Cardiff Bay is the nearest to the National Assembly for Wales, located on Pierhead Street, a short walk from the Senedd. There is also an MSCP car park which can be found in Mermaid Quay opposite Techniquest.

Coach parking

Please contact us for a map showing coach drop-off points.​​

​​​Cardiff Bay map (including Parking locations) (PDF, 1.33MB)

 

 
 

 

Facilities and access​

As with any government building, all visitors are required to go through security on their way in to the Senedd. Our friendly security team are trained to be aware of the needs of visitors with disabilities, or who might have specific requirements based on their religious beliefs.

The Senedd is fully accessible with ramp access at the front of the building and lifts to all floors inside. A hearing loop system is available to hearing aid users.

The building offers fully assisted changing facilities and gender-neutral washrooms which are suitable for all.

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Summer events 2017

From the Urdd to the Royal Welsh Show, the Assembly will be travelling the length and breadth of Wales this summer – and we'd like you to join us.​​

Senedd and Pierhead​
They're two of the most iconic buildings in Wales, and they're open to the public for free all year round. 
Planning your visit​

The Senedd and Pierhead are two of the most iconic builidngs in Wales. Whether you're interested in politics or just visiting Cardiff Bay we've got all the information you need.

 
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