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Free Toilet Leisure and Entertainment: Cardiff Bay (Waterfront)

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Cardiff Bay and Barrage

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff. CF10 4PA • (029) 2070 0234
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is a sheltered freshwater bay covering about 200 hectares on the Bristol Channel at the mouths of the Rivers Taff and Ely. The waterfront features iconic landmarks, attractions and a great selection of cafés, bars and restaurants.

The Cardiff Bay Barrage is 1.1km long and extends from Cardiff docks in the north to Penarth in the south, complete with an 800m landscaped embankment. Visitors can watch boats as they pass through the giant lock, learn more about the workings of the Barrage via information boards, and peruse the Captain Scott Exhibition, a free fascinating display about the British Antarctic Expedition that departed from Cardiff Bay in 1910.

A variety of leisure activities take place along the barrage at the play area, Skate Plaza and adiZone outdoor gym. For walkers and cyclists there’s the 10km Bay Trail. This circular route starts at Mermaid Quay and continues pass the Norwegian Church to the Barrage continuing onto Penarth Marina, the International Sports Village, across the River Taff by the Butetown link road and back to Mermaid Quay via the Wetlands Reserve.

Popular with all ages, though the Barrage can get very breezy if you are heading out for a walk.


Free Entry, Light Refreshments Available, Picnic Area, Public Toilets.

No easily accessible wifi. Smoking allowed.

Opening Times:

Open all year round. Free admission.


Advance booking is not required.


Cardiff Bay is located south of the city centre whilst the barrage links the bay to Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Access by car to the barrage is from the Penarth side, follow signs to Penarth Marina.

Getting There:

National Rail Cardiff Bay railway station: Five minutes walk to Cardiff Bay, 40 minutes walk to the barrage.
National Rail Cardiff Central railway station: 25 minutes walk to Cardiff Bay, one hour walk to the barrage.
Bus Regular bus services to and from the city centre operate to Cardiff Bay.
Ferry Several boat services operate from Bute Park to Mermaid Quay and the barrage.


Limited onsite parking available - payment required.

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Cardiff Bay and Barrage, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff. CF10 4PA • (029) 2070 0234

Last Updated Tuesday 12 March 2019

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