Inside the Norwegian Church Arts Centre

Its exterior still resembles a place of worship, but behind the doors of Harbour Drive’s landmark lies a celebration of Welsh craft and culture…

Outside the Norwegian Church
Cardiff Bay’s Norwegian Church: a venue steeped in history and culture.

Once a popular meeting place for seafarers during the Second World War, Cardiff’s Norwegian Church is now a centre for Welsh culture. From art installations to craft fairs to music concerts and theatre events, the landmark exhibits the best Welsh Art to offer, as well as offering stunning views of Cardiff Bay.

Last weekend, the Gallery Gift Shop was held at the Church, showcasing products from an array of local artisan crafters. As I walked around, I was surprised at the range of products on display such as candles, jewellery, handcrafted wooden crockery, and even lipsticks.

The Gallery Gift Shop will be hosting a special Christmas event on December 11th involving 25 crafters, mulled wine, a choir and even a Santa’s Grotto – a great opportunity for those eager to feel some festive cheer.

The church’s Gallery Gift Shop provides an alternative shopping experience far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, and once you’ve finished your gift-buying, you can relax on the terrace and drink in the stunning views from Harbour Drive (as well as a lovely mocha from the church café!).


View of Cardiff Bay
The stunning view from outside the Norwegian Church: the Pierhead Building, Y Senedd and the Millennium Centre.
Jewellery Stand at Gift Shop
One stall exhibited quirky and colourful handmade jewellery – a unique and alternative Christmas gift!
Scenthrapy Candle
Scenthrapy’s Four Seasons Spice Candle – over 40 hours of crackling, made with high quality fragrance oils.
Immy Woodcraft Xmas Products
The atmosphere at the Gift Shop is cosy, with Immy’s Woodcraft’s products adding a festive feel to the proceedings.