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

    Thu | 28 March 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 28 March 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Its on! We're running another 6-week series of Melee events across February and March at The Arcade Vaults, featuring a mixture of Singles and Doubles tournaments with cash prizes as well as some free play set-ups for getting some practice in.

    • Venue fee: £3
    • Singles: £2
    • Doubles: £1 (these will kick off from week 2 subject to demand)

    (Note - we'll run a short break between each series to give everyone a rest, so these will always appear in 6 week runs!)


    Sat | 30 March 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 30 March 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00

    Smashaday returns!

    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:
      £2 just Smash Ultimate tournaments or £4 for access to entire arcade


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

    Cardboard n Consoles

    Thu | 4 April 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Thu | 4 April 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00

    We're having a 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'!

    Beginners D&D

    Sat | 6 April 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 6 April 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00

    Have you always wanted to try Dungeons & Dragons but never had the chance? Or are you just a D&D player looking for something new to try? Well, we have 3 unique campaigns for beginners to try out and explore over 2 sessions, with three super friendly Dungeon Masters who will aim to ease you in but will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    We're bringing back three campaigns from our intro night, which are:

    • The Kobold Menace
      Venture deep into damp and filthy dungeons in this daunting introductory campaign designed to pull you into a thrilling adventure amongst the hordes of Kobold that call these dank caverns their home. Battle through ambushes and work around the traps set by the Kobold Menace as you're pulled deeper into the dungeon’s depths...but be weary. Whispers among your enemies tell of danger all the more fearsome hiding deep within.
    • The Kidnapping of Gnarlwood
      Fear grips the village of Gnarlwood. Your Lords most trusted advisor, Knight Aria, has been kidnapped by the goblin scourge while returning home from a heroic quest. Now the Lord Needs your help to get her back. Will you answer the call of adventure?
    • Lost in Water
      The Deadman’s Rose, a stunning ruby lost to the depths, traced to no avail by many an adventurer before you. Delve deep underwater into beautifully overgrown, ancient temple whose caverns, corridors and halls, search for the long-lost gem and be wary. There are those who wish to see the jewel remain hidden.

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Find us at:
27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB