The Norwegian Church is the little building in Cardiff Bay that holds a big history behind it’s doors.
Once an important landmark and meeting place for Norwegian seafarers during the industrial revolution it was also the church that hosted Roald Dahl’s baptism.
Norwegian seafarers were a familiar sight in Cardiff during the industrial revolution, and many decided to settle to run businesses associated with shipping, including Roald Dahl's father Harald.
The Norwegian Church was a much-appreciated home from home, particularly during the Second World War, when Norwegian seafarers were unable to return to their occupied homeland.
The Society was formed as a natural successor to the former congregation, and has members from Cardiff, Swansea, Norway and beyond. The Norwegian Church Arts Centre provides an important focus for the group, and everyone is welcome to attend our special events or get in touch if you are interested in joining the group:
The annual celebration of Norwegian Day is on 17 May where a colourful parade and flag-raising ceremony is followed by refreshments in the Norwegian Church.
Monthly Sunday afternoon meetings are held at the Norwegian Church and open to all. See our events calendar for details
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