Visiting the Temple of Peace

Wales’ Temple of Peace and Health is very much a working building, hosting international charities and organisations who work with communities Wales-wide on issues World-wide’. The building is open to the public for events and functions, but to explore the building we encourage prospective visitors to join one of WCIA’s regular ‘Temple Tours’ and open doors days, when the Library and Archives are also accessible.

Temple Tours / Library ‘Open Doors Days’ 2024

WCIA offer monthly guided tours of the Temple of Peace, starting from the Temple’s Reception area; some followed by ‘open doors’ access to the Temple Library and Archives (usually monthly on Wednesday afternoons, 2-4pm). Dates are listed on WCIA’s Events homepage, and on Eventbrite, which we would ask all visitors to register through.

For Venue Hire / Room Bookings, or ‘drop in’ visits to resident organisations, please scroll down.

Self-Guided Temple Tours

Hall of Nations

  • Use WCIA’s Self-Guided Tours for digital devices, and ‘follow your phone’ around the building – even from the comfort of home!
  • View / Download WCIA’s Self Guided Tour booklet , 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.

Bespoke Temple Tour Itineraries

We welcome the public to explore Wales’ beautiful Temple of Peace and Health with support from WCIA’s knowledgeable staff team. All Tours include the Entrance portico, Crypt, Hall of Nations (external bookings permitting), Timeline of Peacemakers, Council Chamber Library (external bookings permitting), Youth Peace Messages displays, and National Garden of Peace. We can offer bespoke tour itineraries that focus on different aspects of the Temple’s heritage for visiting groups. Please contact walesforpeace@wcia.org.uk.

Visiting Organisations based at the Temple of Peace

Council Chamber Library

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:

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.

Letterbox on the ‘Peace Wing’ north door of the Temple from WCIA’s founding predecessor and first occupant of the Temple of Peace, the WLNU from 1922-46.