About Us

If you have reached the point at which you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new, the Cardiff U3A is for you. We have a ‘university’ of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other but there are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward.

The Cardiff U3A

The Cardiff U3A was formed in 1987 and is one of nearly 1000 autonomous U3As throughout the UK. We are a registered charity, No: 1033518. We are also part of the South Wales U3A Network and the all Wales U3A.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together to enjoy good company and to learn together, not for qualifications, but for its own reward.

See 'About U3A' for more details on the larger organisation.


We have over 600 members and growing every year.

  • You pay an annual membership fee of £15.

  • Then join in as many, or as few, of the 45 or so activities on offer as you want.

  • The only additional costs are for your own refreshments and the expenses of things you choose to get involved in, such as room hire or transport.

  • There are also some special outings and events, monthly newsy emails or printed newsletter and a monthly lecture meeting.

See our pages on Membership for further details.


Members meet in activity groups at various venues in Cardiff. The activity groups range across creative arts, languages, science and other areas of interest and pastimes. Over 40 groups are currently active. Many groups make a small charge per meeting to cover room hire costs. However if you are interested in trying us out, you can attend a couple of "taster" sessions first for free.

Have a look at our programme of activities and come along and join in.

Monthly Meetings

There is a General Meeting with a guest speaker on the second Tuesday of every month in the Cardiff Masonic Hall, near the traffic lights in Churchill Way. It starts at 2:00pm. Details of future meetings.


An Annual General Meeting is held in November each year, which elects an Executive Committee who administer the U3A as Trustees of the charity.

Groups are organised by one or more convenors who will see to the day to day workings and activities.