Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Picturesque wharf lined with shops, boutiques and cafes.
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  • packedandready2go
    963 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice pleace to spend an hour
    You can spend a pleasant though not spectacular hour here checking out the buildings such as the Millenium Center, Norwegian Church and the Wales Parliament. While nice there is no must see site here and almost all the restaurants are chains. Riding the boat from Bute Park is a nice way to get here.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Sahloff79
    Peterborough, United Kingdom494 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hooray for The Bay!….
    Really enjoyed our afternoon in Cardiff Bay - formerly Tiger Bay. Europe’s largest waterfront redevelopment project. Got the water taxi from Bute Park (25 mins and undercover) which was a lovely way to travel. Some iconic buildings to photograph and visit, white Norwegian Church - where Roald Dahl was christened and worshipped, Millennium Centre (Welsh language words on the copper clad building) and slate clad Senedd Welsh Assembly building the main ones. Fun fair for the children and a few cafes and restaurants also.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Paul Wirral
    Wallasey, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cardiff Bay Beauty
    Cardiff Bay and all it has to offer is fantastic. From buildings to quayside attractions it is the perfect ace to spend a few hours in the Welsh capital. The far side is the Cardiff Bay trail and well worth a wander
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • G243UAemilyg
    South Wales, United Kingdom141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love Cardiff Bay
    Been to Cardiff bay quite a few times over the years and we are always impressed. Lovely atmosphere and picturesque! The only thing we find there can be a bit of litter but we witnessed many people just chucking rubbish on the floor which shocked us. They should be fined on the spot.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • NorthStar54796695120
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area to explore
    We travelled down to Mermaid Quay by the Waterbus from Bute Park, close to the Castle. £7.00 pp each way, A lovely ride and the bay didn't disappointing, we were lucky to see it on a warm sunny day. Lots of lovely restaurants and walks.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 September 2023
  • lomaro
    Copenhagen, Denmark517 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Great view and a must see for Torchwood fans. We went on a rainy day so I imagine there is much more buss in good weather. But the view of the bay is nice, there som restaurants and several interesting buildings to both look at and visit. And fun to see the out side of the Torchwood headquarter
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • David D
    Devon, United Kingdom20,589 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic and Modern waterfront, so much to see abd experience
    We spent two days, 19th and 20th October, in the rather spectacular Cardiff Bay, filled with historic and modern landmarks. On both days we walked around various sections of the waterfront. The weather was not always our friend but we made the most of it. There are some stunning and immediately eye catching buildings, old and new side by side, including The Senedd, the Welsh Parliament, Millennium Centre and the historic Red brick Pierhead Building. Another feature that cannot be overlooked is the seventy foot high metal water tower, located in Roald Dahl Plass. Also there are the tall pillars, think there are seventeen, they are more attractive when illuminated at night. However walking around there is so much more to been discovered including the Statue of Ivor Novello, one of Cardiff's famous sons. There is also the Seafarers Memorial, in front of the Senedd. There are four old cannons, in front of the Pierhead Building, facing out across the Bay. Famous Welsh rugby players are celebrated with the Rugby Players Statue. On the ground, near the waterfront the Cargoes Poem plaque can be found. Also nearby is the large Celtic Ring. Nearby is the Flourish Fountain and statue of Mahatma Gandhi. The Norwegian Chapel and Art Centre is located located in the Bay. By the waterfront there are a number of kiosks selling boat tours, which depart from the nearby jetties. On the Friday morning we had intended to take the water taxi from the Bay into the City, this was cancelled due to the weather, so we took the train. Also in the Bay is Mermaid Quay which is filled with bars, restaurants and shops.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 November 2023
  • tinkle_24
    Northampton, United Kingdom1,771 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for walks and exploring the bay…
    Lovely area to wander and walk to Penarth Marina excellent. Visit Pierhead or the Assembly. Of course Norwegian Church where Roald Dahl was christened and the barrage. Plenty of cafes n restaurants if feeling peckish.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom447 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cardiff Baying for more
    Wandered through this area of Cardiff on a day out. A undoubtedly beautiful region developed to bring more commercial premises into the city while capturing the original essence of the bay. And it was a success. Shopping and cafe culture is the same wherever you go but enjoying the experience in pleasing surroundings is always a bonus. Cardiff bay manages just that.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2024
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M L
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Yes not much here, but there is a great view. Could be great as a base, in warmer times. Can take the Boat to Cardiff centre. For unique Welsh gifts, you must visit Craft in the Bay. Made the trip worthwhile, picked up some local silver jewellery and porcelain.
Written 16 April 2024
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Wandered through this area of Cardiff on a day out. A undoubtedly beautiful region developed to bring more commercial premises into the city while capturing the original essence of the bay. And it was a success. Shopping and cafe culture is the same wherever you go but enjoying the experience in pleasing surroundings is always a bonus. Cardiff bay manages just that.
Written 16 April 2024
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Lissa C
West Dunbartonshire, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Lovely place to visit plenty restaurant’s, everywhere we visited we were able to bring our dog as there are so many outdoor seating areas
Written 20 March 2024
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Paul T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Seren very nice very helpful kind person with good customer service skills will go far very attitude towards everyone well done seren
Written 31 January 2024
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Madan Gopal M
Bengaluru, India4,629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The hotel where we stayed is just across the beautiful Cardiff Bay, visited by locals and tourists, this is a major attraction to spend early hours of morning and also in the evening, Bay is one of the success stories of restoration of a waterfront in a sustainable manner. Many institutions and important buildings are located around this Bay.
Written 14 January 2024
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Yunus786
43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Its a nice peaceful place to visit. Very clean and good walking areas. It was an enjoyable walk along the bay. Not sandy. The Welsh Parliament, Shopping area, and Malls are all colseby within the bay.
Written 30 December 2023
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Sr P
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
It was nice, but I had to fight with several seagulls for my own meal.
At the end, one of them drop a white and black stomach's load on my jacket.

Quite and experience
Written 1 December 2023
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lovely area to wander and walk to Penarth Marina excellent. Visit Pierhead or the Assembly. Of course Norwegian Church where Roald Dahl was christened and the barrage. Plenty of cafes n restaurants if feeling peckish.
Written 17 November 2023
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NavigatorBVA1
Anguilla10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Great view overlooking the bay, Jamie took good care of us outside on the terrasse, he was nice and smiling, gave good advice on the drinks, all was quick and easy, thank you for a pleasant tour!
Written 15 November 2023
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Alma A
Coventry, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The attached photo was taken just a few meters from Coffi Co - Bayscape by the WhiteWater Rafting Centre and is a prime example how Cardiff Council values its council tax payers. The trash has not been removed for over 4 weeks, despite several requests. Life in the capital of Wales in the 21st century. Tourists of the world are welcome!
Written 13 November 2023
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