Mansion House

Mansion House, Cardiff: Address, Phone Number, Mansion House Reviews: 4/5

Mansion House
4
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
About
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

4.0
8 reviews
Excellent
4
Very good
3
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
1

rayrest
London, UK7,342 contributions
Love this house
Nov 2018 • Couples
We just came here to visit this truly majestic building and take some pics. It's the size of a hotel, absolutely huge building.
Written November 5, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Maccamarie
Paris, France4 contributions
Exceptionally limited availability for afternoon tea
Jul 2018 • Friends
Bought a voucher for my mother as a Christmas gift but haven't been able to go as the dates are so ridiculously limited. I work full time and there are no weekends available. This was not made clear when I bought the voucher. They are still advertising it as 'available all year round'. Very disappointing
Written July 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jane T
Cardiff, UK40 contributions
Great experience
Dec 2017 • Couples
This was a lovely experience. We had tea in the old billiards room with about 30 people. A glass of mulled wine on arrival. 3 finger sandwiches and a variety of miniature cakes. Good strong loose leaf tea. David then took us on a tour of the house telling us the history of the Howells family and anecdotes of the visitors. A very entertaining afternoon.
Written December 28, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KingCuffWulfe
Cardiff, UK146 contributions
THE MAYORAL RESIDENCE - BUT WHERE IS IT ?
Mar 2017
Funnily enough i was driving up Cathedral rd & i suggested to she who knows better, that the Mansion House must be one of these lovely big Georgian houses
But no, sd she who reads maps upside down, I am sure it is in Roath - the other side of Town!
Funnily enough we were driving through Roath a couple of days later, the traffic slowed & I happened to look to my right & blow me, there it was dropping it's anonymity with the sign '' MANSION HOUSE '' outside
AAAAAHHHHHH 1 - 0 to me Jo claimed
Why the City's ppl do not know much about it is because it was hard to popularise a Social Superior when more important mindsets of football & the local pub took precedent

The Mansion House in Richmond Road has played an important role in the civic life of the Welsh capital from early in the 20th Century. Originally known as ‘Grove House', it was built in the mid 1890s as a family home for James Howell, founder of the famous department store in the city centre that still bears his name. Grove House was home to James and Fanny Howell, their six sons and five daughters. Their retinue of servants occupied the top floor.

The building is very like its neighbours in Richmond Road and the Crescent, with the main walls a mixture of Pennant blue and Forest of Dean stone with decorations in Bath stone. A shrewd businessman, James Howell designed a house that could be divided, possibly to provide self-contained homes for two of his children after his death or simply to make it easier to sell.

A major refurbishment of the building took place in 1998, to restore the house to its former glory. But if it were not for it's corner position you may have missed it

But it is a rather appealing building, proud, distinct & an asset to the Community - but does anyone know if anyone actually lives there ?

The interior has retained much of its original features, notably the extensive use of carved and inlaid woodwork, both in the fine staircase, the fireplaces and the pair of full-length mirrors which face each other in the hallway. On the first floor are The Lord Mayor's former private apartment and four en-suite guest bedrooms, which have hosted distinguished visitors from around the world.

So, I doff my cap & withdraw from the MH to concentrate on my wife's driving !
Written April 8, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

dilysclarkie
cardiff3 contributions
Hidden Gem
Aug 2016 • Friends
Living in Cardiff all my life I had heard of the Mansion House but had never been inside. What a pleasant surprise. We went for afternoon tea which included a guided tour for a birthday treat. We were greeted in the drawing room by David and escorted to the old billiard room for our tea served by some pleasant waiters. Whilst we ate David explained about the house and its origins. The guided tour followed with a history told of items in each room and tales of dignitaries from all over the world that had stayed there including one Nelson Mandela. It was fascinating and David was a captivating story teller with wonderful humour.
The only downside was the gluten free option for afternoon tea. The rolls were hard and doughy, other teas I have had elsewhere have the sliced gluten free bread which is perfect. The cakes were delicious though!
Wonderful, fascinating place for locals and visitors alike, well worth a visit.
Written August 24, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Clive F
Bristol, UK1,323 contributions
Very Lord Mayoral.
Jun 2016 • Business
Cardiff's Mansion House is a very grand Victorian house which justifies the title of a mansion, bought many years ago by the City as the formal base for the Lord Mayor. The idea of offering tea and tours strikes me as an extremely clever way of getting the public in to see the house, but I was here for a reception following the firing of a Royal Salute so wasn't able to explore it all. I was glad to have the opportunity to see at last part of the house.
Written June 13, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anastasia C
Cardiff, UK17 contributions
Wonderful afternoon out with tea as an extra
Apr 2016 • Friends
It was such a treat to visit the Mansion house in Cardiff. I have passed it nearly every day of my life and never seen inside. I booked to go for afternoon tea with a tour thrown in. What an afternoon??. Great tea served by delightful ladies and then an amusing, informative and thoroughly pleasant tour of the house.
It was a wonderful time and I would not hesitate to go again and would certainly take any visitors to enjoy the glory of the magnificent house. Money well spent for a lovely afternoon out
Written April 12, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Mansion House