About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things gaming. If you make games, play games both old and new, want to learn about games, or would just like to engage with the community in this amazing world of games, then this is the place for you.

At the heart of The Arcade Vaults and its community is you; the players and the creators. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play games and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.


There are no longer legal restrictions in Wales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we will still operate our Bar/Cafe area, the Arcade and The Community Rooms are operating under some COVID safe guidelines. These include:

  • tables, chairs in the bar and cafe areas and the keyboards/mice/controllers in the new PC suite will be cleaned reguarly.
  • hand sanitiser points throughout the venue.
  • the recommendation that you wear masks throughout the venue unless you are eating/drinking or have a valid reason not to wear a mask.
  • alcohol based anti-bacterial wipes for you to clean controllers (which we will be regularly doing throughout the day).

Thanks for understanding and hope to see you soon!

The Stuff We do

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    Our arcade is split into two areas - we have a space featuring classic consoles and hundreds of games, with a small free-to-play area where we also serve coffee, tea, drinks and gamer friendly snacks. We are also open on selected evenings for those that like a stronger beverage with their gaming fun!
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    The Community Rooms are our co-working and events space, tailored for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do but open to everyone to experience. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space for work, with high-speed broadband (wired and wireless), tea and coffee, and a kitchen, plus various tech facilities and business support!
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    Our Upper Arcade and The Community Rooms are available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the spaces on their own to you, with access to our bar.
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    We organise events and parties across the UK. And we really do everything, including supplying the gaming gear and screens, promotion of the event, set-up, photography, prizes and so on! We also do educational seminars and networking events for those of you in the community looking to learn something new or meet like-minded people.

Upcoming Events

    MTG: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft

    Sat | 23 October 2021 | 13:00 to 17:00
    Sat | 23 October 2021 | 13:00 to 17:00

    Time to get out of the dungeon and come draft in some Adventures in the Forgotten Realms - its The Arcade Vaults' second Magic the Gathering event!

    Dust off those binders and get ready to sleeve up and get some games in.

    Event Details

    • £20 Entry
    • 1 Round of Draft
    • 3 Rounds of Swiss Pairings
    • ‚Äč50 mins per Round

    Each player will receive at least 1 additional booster pack as a prize. As a bonus, entry includes access to the arcade for the entire day!

    Teen Tabletop Half-Term Club

    Wed | 27 October 2021 | 10:00 to 16:00
    Wed | 27 October 2021 | 10:00 to 16:00

    Running 10am till 4pm at The Arcade Vaults, PlayFrame will be running boardgames, RPGs and tabletop miniatures games - and eating noodles and playing retro video games!

    We have two ways to pay and play:

    • £12 for just tabletop games club and Arcade Access all day
    • £15 for all the above + SPECIAL MEAL DEAL: a regular size noodle pot, a snack (any crisps or chocolate bar), and any 330ml can of drink.

    All tickets will be sold at the venue via The Arcade Vaults.

    Open to anyone aged 11+ Run by DBS checked Educational Professionals. Officially sign up to the club and we'll take 'duty of care' of you so you can pop out for some shopping and pick them up later.

    Games Wales - Cardiff October Meet-up

    Thu | 28 October 2021 | 19:00 to 23:00
    Thu | 28 October 2021 | 19:00 to 23:00

    The Games Wales monthly meet-up/social! We're working towards our first talks in November! Pop along and say hi.

    Halloween All Dayer

    Sat | 30 October 2021 | 10:00 to 23:00
    Sat | 30 October 2021 | 10:00 to 23:00

    Its Halloween weekend! To celebrate, we'll have plenty of spooky shenanigans with some scary games (for the older folks only we're afraid), creepy drinks, and frightening fun!

    If you turn up in fancy dress (and we don't mean just a hat), you'll get 10% off everything ALL DAY.

    D&D - One Shots

    Sat | 6 November 2021 | 12:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 6 November 2021 | 12:00 to 22:00

    Have you ever wanted to play a Role Play Game but been a little bit put off? Did you ever have those friends in School who played Dungeons and Dragons and always wanted to play but were worried what your other friends would think?

    This is your chance!! Dungeons and Dragons or DnD as it’s known for short is the world’s most popular Role Play Game (RPG). Our one-shots return with three unique campaigns for beginners or anyone looking for a one-off RPG fix, to try out and explore over 2 sessions (12pm - 4pm and 5pm - 9pm). Our super friendly Dungeon Masters will aim to ease you in and will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    Please note, all these campaigns are only suitable for those ages 16 and over:

    • Hungover in the Asylum
    • The Nightwatchmen
    • Lost and Found

    COVID-19 Rules

    In order to keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have some restrictions in place, and please be aware - these are all mandatory! If you need any further information please contact Scott at scottrt@thearcadevaults.org.uk

    • Each D&D Game is limited to 4 players each now (instead of the usual 6).
    • We are required by law to take your contact information for test and trace. These are stored by us under GDPR guidelines.
    • Whilst you will not be required to wear a mask, we would recommend that you do wear one if possible. Your Games Master will be wearing a Face Shield during the one-shot.
    • There will be hand santiser provided if you need it.
    • You will be asked to bring your own dice - we will be unable to provide any.
    • The most important thing to remember - have FUN.

    3 (its the magic number)

    Sat | 27 November 2021 | 10:00 to 23:00
    Sat | 27 November 2021 | 10:00 to 23:00

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27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB