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    Future Inn Cardiff is a proud sponsor and hotel partner of the WNO

Welsh National Opera Cardiff

Future Inn Cardiff Bay is a proud sponsor and the official hotel partner of the WNO, offering exclusive accommodation packages and Welsh dining experiences in Thomas Restaurant.


Future Inn Cardiff is thrilled to announce the extension of its successful partnership with the renowned Welsh National Opera (WNO). This collaboration, which has flourished over the years, is set to reach new heights, offering patrons an enhanced experience of the arts and hospitality in the heart of Cardiff.

Who are the Welsh National Opera?

In 1943, the Welsh National Opera was founded by a group of people from across South Wales, including miners, teachers and doctors. They wanted to forge an opera company befitting Wales’ rich reputation as the ‘land of song’. The energy which drives the Company today is rooted in its formation in the 1940s.  

It has been described by The New York Times as "one of the finest operatic ensembles in Europe". The orchestra tours the world, giving more than 120 music and arts performances annually, with a repertoire of eight operas each year, to a combined audience of more than 150,000 people. Here in Cardiff, performances are predominately at the Wales Millennium Centre building, as well as St David's Hall and The New Theatre.

Welsh National Opera Hotel

Get 20% off bed and breakfast rates

There are a lot of perks when you stay at the 4* quality hotel. These include free parking, free WiFi, a complimentary bathrobe and slippers, tea and coffee-making facilities, bottled water, vegan-friendly toiletries, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, a guest laundry room and more.

The Wales Millennium Centre is located just moments away, approximately a 10-minute walk, with the quickest route cutting through the Red Dragon Centre

Make a Reservation

There are three room types to choose from: our Standard Bedroom with a Queen-sized bed and sofa, a Twin Bedroom with two Queen-sized beds, or the King Suite with a separate living room. Accessible bedrooms are also available.

Booking your overnight stay couldn't be easier:

You can book online using the Promo Code you can get from the WNO team.

The exclusive bed and breakfast rate can also be booked with our Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or enquire by email reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk

Welsh National Opera Restaurant | Pre-theatre Dining

Cardiff Bay Restaurant

Thomas Restaurant is ideal for dining in before attending the opera. Serving British food, as well as contemporary and traditional Welsh cuisine. The team serves breakfast, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday.

Food Offers

A homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served daily from 1pm. The set menu offers 3 courses for £25 daily from 5pm which is ideal for pre-theatre dining, alongside the a-la-carte menu.

Or Join Us for a Drink

A large selection of drinks is also available, including popular local brands. Our Welsh drink selection includes Brains beers, Penderyn whiskey and vodka, Benjamin Hall gins, and Cariad wines. Thomas Bar and Restaurant also has an extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for £16 cocktails.

Naturally, there’s a good choice of soft drinks too, including refreshing fruit juices, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mocktails.

Il Trittico Italian Afternoon Tea

Indulge in a selection of delectable treats inspired by the flavours of Italy.

Enhance your operatic experience with our exclusive Italian Afternoon Tea, curated to compliment the rich tapestry of emotions woven by Puccini's music.

22 June 2024 | 12pm - 1.30pm

£19 per person
Add a glass of Prosecco for £4.50 per person

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Book a Table in Thomas Restaurant

Walk-ins are welcome. However, we strongly recommend making a reservation to guarantee a table.

Pre-booking afternoon tea is essential, and a deposit is required.

Contact us today to book a table for drinks in the bar or food in the restaurant:

Tel: 02920 487 111‎ | Email: thomas@futureinns.co.uk | Book Online:

Dishes on the menu in Thomas Restaurant

Welsh National Opera in Cardiff


What's on at the Welsh National Opera, and what are their touring dates? The opera has various productions throughout the year. There is plenty to see, so make sure you look at the full listings on its website.

What's on Welsh National Opera 2024 / 2025

See all upcoming shows, dates and venues:

Welsh National Opera What's On


Play Opera Live

Saturday 12 April 2024

Wales Millennium Centre

This family show features magnificent music from the stage and screen. Hosted by Tom Redmond, with opportunities to explore backstage magic through free pre-show foyer activities, including costume exploration, prop-making, and a treasure hunt, promising an afternoon filled with music, drama, and fun for all ages.

Play Opera Live

Il trittico

Saturday 15 June, Tuesday 18 June, Thursday 20 June, Saturday 22 June, Sunday 29 September, Thursday 3 October and Saturday 5 October 2024

Wales Millennium Centre

Jealousy, entrapment, love, loss, sacrifice, farce, deceit and murder – all in one night. Il trittico offers a rare opportunity to enjoy all three operas in one night, as Puccini intended.

Il trittico Puccini


Saturday 21 September, Friday 27 September, Tuesday 1 October and Friday 4 October 2024. Plus, Friday 7 February 2025

Wales Millennium Centre

In the vibrant court of the Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto, the sharp-tongued jester, conceals his pain while cherishing his daughter Gilda. When the Duke pursues Gilda, a tragic sequence unfolds, blending paternal love and betrayal in a world of decadence. 


Opera Favourites

Sunday 22 September 2024

Wales Millennium Centre

Opera, with its captivating melodies and memorable choruses, enriches cinematic experiences. It enhances moments from "Apocalypse Now" with Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" to "The House of Gucci" with Rossini's "Largo al Factotum," and even accompanying James Bond's missions in "Quantum of Solace" with Puccini's "Te Deum".

Opera Favourites

The Marriage of Figaro

Thursday 6 February, Saturday 8 February, Wednesday 9 April and Saturday 12 April 2025

Wales Millennium Centre

A whirlwind of clever schemes and melodic brilliance. Love, loyalty, and mistaken identities entwine as Figaro and Susanna strive to ensure their wedding day's happiness amidst Count Almaviva's seductive pursuits and intricate social intricacies, leaving audiences guessing until the final note.

The Marriage of Figaro

Peter Grimes

Saturday 5 April, Tuesday 8 April, and Friday 11 April 2025

Wales Millennium Centre

Dive into the turbulent seas of Britten's iconic opera, where isolation and prejudice envelop a fisherman haunted by rumours, suspicion, and inner demons while unravelling the mysteries of his apprentice's disappearance. Set against the backdrop of a coastal village, tragedy unfolds against the powerful waves.

Peter Grimes

Welsh National Opera Box Office

Tickets for WNO opera performances in Cardiff can be booked by contacting Wales Millennium Centre’s ticket office on 029 2063 6464 or visiting wmc.org.uk 

For more information on WNO’s upcoming events visit wno.org.uk

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Future Inn Cardiff and the Welsh National Opera extend partnership 

In a harmonious blend of comfortable accommodation and world-class cultural experiences, Future Inn Cardiff and the Welsh National Opera (WNO) have recently announced the extension of their partnership, solidifying Cardiff's reputation as a hub for arts and entertainment. This exciting collaboration opens up a world of possibilities for both locals and visitors seeking an immersive journey into the realm of opera and theatre.

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