Temple Tours & Visits

Wales’ Temple of Peace and Health is very much a working building, owned by Cardiff University alongside WCIA’s residency under the 999-year lease that founded this public space, as guardians of the building’s heritage and mission. Hosting international charities and organisations who work with communities Wales-wide on issues World-wide, we encourage prospective visitors to explore this iconic space by joining one of WCIA’s regular monthly ‘open doors days’. For Venue / Room Hire, or ‘drop in’ visits to resident organisations, please scroll down.

Temple Tours and ‘Open Doors’ Days

Please note – Temple Tours are currently suspended throughout the COVID Pandemic, as the Temple of Peace is closed to the public until further notice. Subject to Welsh Government Guidance, WCIA anticipate reopening over Summer 2021.

View / Download WCIA’s Self Guided Tour booklet (right), produced for the Temple’s 80th Anniversary, to explore the main features of the building and displays.

View / Download ‘Architect of Peace’ – Feature Article on the Architecture, Construction, Spaces and Usage of Wales’ Temple of Peace from 1920s to today.

View clips from our inaugural Temple Discovery Tour on Youtube , led by Emma West, Mari Lowe and Carrie Westwater in October 2018.

Venue Hire

If you are seeking a memorable venue for your own event, explore WCIA’s Temple of Peace Venue Hire packages – from 121 meetings to weddings, conferences and film shoots. Temple Tours can also be offered as an ‘optional extra’ for venue hire customers (subject to availability of staff / volunteers).

Temple Tour introductory video created by UNA Exchange European Solidarity Corps Volunteer Loeiza, placed with WCIA over 2019-20

Temple Tours Itineraries

Temple Portico

Note, this will be subject to revision on reopening of the Temple of Peace in Summer 2021, subject to COVID Guidelines and WCIA staff / volunteer capacity.

WCIA hold regular Temple Tours ‘open doors days’, when we welcome the public to explore Wales’ beautiful Temple of Peace with support of trained tour guides and staff. All Tours include the Entrance portico, Crypt, Hall of Nations (as long as not in use for external bookings), Timeline of Peacemakers, Council Chamber Library (as long as not in use for external bookings), Youth Peace Messages displays, and National Garden of Peace. However, our different tour itineraries focus on different aspects of the Temple’s heritage. Visitors can choose whether to join:

  • 10.30am-11.30am ‘Remembrance’ Morning Guided Tour , which includes the WW1 Book of Remembrance ‘turning of the page’ ceremony at 11am. You can search names in the Book of Remembrance online here.
  • 12.30-13.30pm ‘Peacemakers’ Lunchtime Guided Tour , which includes the National Garden of Peace and Peacemakers’ Memorial Trail.
  • 14.00-16.00 Archives Workshop (an opportunity to explore or work in the Council Chamber / Library space, and to view items from the Temple Archives and Collections. You can search and view WCIA’s Digitised Collections here)
  • Self-Guided Tours are welcome any time between 10.30-3pm – walk in, sign in / let WCIA staff know you’re here, and explore the spaces at your own pace. Use WCIA’s Self-Guided Tour Booklet and Architectural Guide (downloadable above).
Hall of Nations

WCIA ask visitors to consider a suggested £10 donation, towards enabling us to continue offering public access to this iconic building and its inspiring stories. Timings and content can be adapted to suit the needs and interests of visiting groups – please let us know in advance.

Organising a ‘Bespoke’ Group Visit / Workshop

If you would like to organise a bespoke Temple Tour for a group (or individual) visit, an Archives Workshop / Research visit, with facilitated support / tailored expertise, please contact walesforpeace@wcia.org.uk to discuss possible packages we could put together for you.

Please note – Temple Tours and Archive Workshops are currently suspended throughout the COVID Pandemic, as the Temple of Peace is closed to the public. However, individual visits for specific research purposes may be possible when government lockdowns are not in place – by prior appointment only, and subject to WCIA staff availability, shielding and protection measures.  

Council Chamber Library

Venue Hire

If you are seeking a memorable venue for your own event, explore WCIA’s Temple of Peace Venue Hire packages – from 121 meetings to weddings, conferences and film shoots. Temple Tours can also be offered as an ‘optional extra’ for venue hire customers (subject to availability of staff / volunteers) – please discuss with the Venue Team on booking to find out if this unique and inspiring experience can be arranged to complement your event.

Visiting Organisations based at the Temple of Peace

Owned by Cardiff University under a 999-year lease guaranteeing split usage between organisations leading Welsh efforts to advance Peace and Health, the following organisations are headquartered within the ‘Peace’ Wing’ (bottom north corridor) of the Temple of Peace, and work Wales-wide. Visitors are strongly advised to arrange ‘drop-in’ appointments in advance, via the following contacts:

Letterbox on the ‘Peace Wing’ door for WCIA’s predecessor, the Peace-leading WLNU.