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Temple Tours – Self-guided Route

Welcome to Wales’ Temple of Peace and Health, the nation’s memorial to the fallen of World War 1. Founder David Davies envisioned a building ‘for the people’, that would inspire movements of Welsh men and women to ‘rid the world of the twin scourges of disease and war’ for future generations. Architecturally steeped in symbolism, since its opening in 1938 the Temple of Peace has been at the heart of Welsh efforts to build a better world. Explore this iconic space, and discover stories from Wales’ rich ‘Peace Heritage’ through following this self-guided tour, which takes about 25-30 minutes for most visitors.

If you would like to organise or book a bespoke Guided Temple Tour or Archives Visit with WCIA’s heritage team – for groups or individuals – please email walesforpeace@wcia.org.uk . Pandemic restrictions permitting, WCIA will be offering guided lunchtime Temple Tours, starting at 12.30pm usually on the 2nd Thursday each month, as follows:

  • Winter 2021: Friday 26th November 2021; Thursday 16th December 2021
  • Spring 2022: Thursdays 13th January, 10th February, 10th March, 7th April,
  • Summer 2022: Thursdays 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 4th August, 8th September,
  • Autumn 2022: Thursday 13th October, Friday 11th November (Remembrance Day tour), Wednesday 23rd November (Temple’s 84th Anniversary), Thursday 8th December.

Starting from the ‘Temple Tours’ Panel in Reception, we will step outside to view the Portico and Foundation Stone, before descending to the Crypt holding the WW1 Book of Remembrance, the foundations of the building rooted in the tragedies of the past. Rising to build a better world for future generations, the soaring ‘Hall of Nations’ is flanked by the ‘Peace’ and ‘Health’ wings of the building, home to many of Wales’ leading movements through the decades. Upstairs, you’ll view the magnificent Council Chamber with its floor-to-ceiling wooden Library; and the colourful ‘Timeline of Peacemakers’ and heritage displays illustrate Wales’ Peace Heritage of the last 100 years. You’ll return to reception via the Committee Rooms, and a view of Wales’ National Garden of Peace – which has its own memorial trail.