This year the conference dinner will be in the beautiful surroundings of Cardiff Castle.
Built on the site of a Roman fort the early beginnings of the Castle were established by the Normans. Over the years the Castle passed through the hands of many noble families until in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family. The 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into the world’s greatest coal exporting port, and by the mid-nineteenth century his son John, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, was reputed to be the richest man in the world.
From 1866 the 3rd Marquess employed the architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within Gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration.
We will be holding our drinks reception in the Library, and our meal will be in the Banqueting Hall!