Harbour Dr, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, United Kingdom
029 2087 7959
Set against the sleek and shiny buildings of Mermaid Quay and the Welsh Assembly's Senedd, the Norwegian Church looks quaint and enchanting. Step inside to explore its art exhibitions and cozy café and you will find that it's just as welcoming as it looks. The Norwegian Church was built in 1868 to give the thousands of Norwegian sailors who travelled to Cardiff a space in which to worship, socialize with their fellow countrymen, and to read their national newspapers. It was decorated with portraits of the Scandinavian royal families and paintings of Norwegian scenery and Norwegian flags. One of the children to have worshipped at the Norwegian Church is the much-loved author, Roald Dahl, who spent his early years in Cardiff's Llandaff. Dahl and his sisters were christened at the church and it's for this reason that the open area in front of the nearby Millennium Centre is names Roald Dahl Plass. Dahl became the first president of the Norwegian Church Preservation Trust when restoration work began in 1987, and to honour him the annual Roald Dahl birthday party is held at the church every September.