Roald Dahl, the best selling author of children’s books was born in Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, Llandaff in Cardiff in 1916. His popular works include The BFG, The Witches, Matilda, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach.
Roald and his sisters were christened at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay where their parents worshipped. Formerly a Church for Norwegian Sailors, this is a landmark building on the Cardiff Bay waterfront and a renowned cultural venue. The unique venue hosts a variety of events, from live music to workshops, functions and classes. The Dahl Gallery also displays a range of art and photography exhibitions. An events calendar is available here. The stylish café bar offers food all day, with the outside terrace overlooking the tranquil waters of the Bay. It’s also available for private hire, from meetings to wedding blessings.
From the age of seven to nine Roald Dahl attended Llandaff Cathedral School and spent many hours gazing through the window of his favourite sweet shop at 11 High Street, Llandaff.
Roald Dahl Plass, meaning place or square in Norwegain, is named after Roald Dahl. It’s a public plaza in the heart of Cardiff Bay. The area is home to the Senedd (Welsh Assembly Building) and the Wales Millennium Centre, Wales' premier performing arts centre. The bowl-like shape of the plaza makes it a popular amphitheatre for hosting open-air concerts. This area was one of the docks for a thriving coal port during the latter half the 19th century and much of the 20th century. With the redevelopment of the former docklands, Roald Dahl Plass was opened in April 2000 and is an oval shaped open space surrounded by illuminated pillars and plenty of places to eat and drink, and is often used to host concerts and other events. At the northern end is the Water Tower, which stands at approximately 70 feet (21 metres) high with a constant stream of water running down the metallic fountain. The tower is well known to viewers of the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, whose headquarters are located below it.
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