About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things videogaming. 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 videogames and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.

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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    We have a dedicated co-working space for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space, 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 upstairs space is a flexible area available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the space on its own to you, with access to our bar and free-to-play area.
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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

    Maximum Melee Squared

    Sat | 27 July 2019 | 10:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 27 July 2019 | 10:00 to 22:00

    A new giant sized Super Smash Bros. Melee Tournament for Cardiff with a 48 player cap!

    £5 VENUE FEE / £10 (Singles) £5 (Doubles) BRACKET

    This will be an all day festival of Melee with a singles bracket and doubles bracket. Entry price will include:

    • Access to entire retro arcade
    • Multiple NTSC & UCF in use for ALL Melee setups
    • Other Smash setups
    • Evening entertainment
    • Food and drink on site
    • Live stream all day

    Please note, this will be an 18+ event only. More information and sign-up/registration information to follow.

    Cardboard n Consoles

    Thu | 1 August 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Thu | 1 August 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00

    We're having another mash-up event with our friends at Rules of Play!

    For just £6, come and play an incredible blend of boardgames of videogames and videogames of boardgames! Entry will include access to the full two floors of Arcade fun plus the third floor which will be dedicated to the 'Cardboard Renaissance'!

    And if you want entry just for the boardgames its only £3.50!

    Friday Fight Night

    Fri | 2 August 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 2 August 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    We're introducing a regular Friday Fight Night with brackets for Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter IV. (Note that brackets will run depending on turnout).

    Plus, there'll be a smattering of various fighting games throughout gaming history, including retro Mortal Kombat, SFII, Tekken, Virtua Fighter and more!

    More information to follow...

    Starship Bridge Simulator - Summer Sessions

    Sat | 3 August 2019 | 12:00 to 20:00
    Sat | 3 August 2019 | 12:00 to 20:00

    The fantastic team from the wildly popular UK Starship Bridge Simulator will be bringing in their 6-player game to The Arcade Vaults this summer!

    Think of it as Star Trek though a Rock Band filter. 6-players must work together as a team on a mission to help save the solar system, with a Captain and 5 stations including Helm, Engineering, Science, Weapons and Communications.

    We will have 8 sessions over the day, so there'll be plenty of chances for teams to try and attempt to win! Slots must be booked with full teams of 5 or 6, with a booking price of £5 per person.

    Reservation information to follow soon!

    Minecraft - Summer play and create

    Wed | 31 July 2019 | 14:00 to Wed | 14 August 2019 | 15:00
    Wed | 31 July 2019 | 14:00 to Wed | 14 August 2019 | 15:00

    This Summer, in conjunction with Mi Little Pad Ltd, we're running sessions for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 who love Minecraft! On provided tablets, they'll get the chance to play in a shared world and take on a challenges and group builds, run by an experienced co-ordinator who will help guide Minecraft beginners and experts alike.

    Parents and guardians are welcome to grab a coffee or tea at our bar and relax whilst the kids are occupied. And, as a bonus, the ticket price includes access to our arcade full of games both old and new!

    D&D One Shots

    Sat | 17 August 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 17 August 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00

    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). This month we have FOUR unique campaigns for beginners or anyone looking for a one-off RPG fix, to try out and explore over 2 sessions. Our super friendly Dungeon Masters will aim to ease you in and will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    Over this month's sessions there will be four BRAND NEW adventures! Information will be coming very soon...

    D&D Kids Beginners Session

    Wed | 21 August 2019 | 13:00 to 17:00
    Wed | 21 August 2019 | 13:00 to 17:00

    We'll be running a summer D&D session designed for kids to get into the growing and amazing world of Dungeons and Dragons.

    More information to follow!


    Sat | 24 August 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 24 August 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00

    Its Smashaday (Smash, on a Saturday!)

    We'll be running a series of tournaments throughout the day on Nintendo's amazing Smash Ultimate, including a Juniors tournament for the younger Smash fans in the afternoon, with various prizes available to the victors (in addition to the glory of course)

    Venue fee:
    £3 (access to the arcade is regular pricing but includes tournament entry)


    Please note, juniors and doubles will run subject to the number of attendees!

    • Juniors (under 14) - from 3pm - FREE
    • Doubles - from 5pm - £1 per person
    • Singles - after Doubles - £2 per person

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