Around Mermaid Quay

Mermaid Quay provides the perfect focal point from which to plan a day out exploring the rich heritage and wide range of fun activities of Cardiff’s vibrant waterfront. Other landmark buildings and tourist attractions nearby include:


    The former Oval Basin dock is now a 10,000 capacity outdoor public entertainment arena, located immediately adjacent to Mermaid Quay.
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    Opened in 2006, the Senedd building was designed by renowned British architect Richard Rogers. It is the Welsh Assembly Government's debating chamber.
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    Built in 1897, the Pierhead building has remained a constant feature in Cardiff Bay - its clock is unofficially known as the Big Ben of Wales. Restored in 2010 it hosts exhibitions on the history of The Bay and is a venue for public debate.
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  • Wales Millennium Centre

    Opened in 2004, the Millennium Centre is a key cultural and physical landmark in the Bay hosting a wide range of performances from opera and ballet to comedy and musicals.
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  • Techniquest

    The UK's longest established science and discovery centre is just two minutes from Mermaid Quay and gives visitors a hands-on approach to science.
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  • Norwegian Church

    Formerly the church of the Norwegian sailors, the building was moved to its present location in 1992, and is now a thriving cultural centre.
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    Explore the sights & stories of Cardiff Bay with a unique short walking tour of the historic waterfront! Only £5 per person. Join Welsh dramatist Will Salter to uncover a piratical past, delve into the industrial revolution, explore the docks & investigate Cardiff's development.
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  • Craft in the Bay

    Makers Guild Wales, Craft in the Bay

    Stunning gallery space displaying and selling contemporary craft by many of Wales' top designer makers. Also hosting six major exhibitions per year of national and international artworks. Venue for hands-on craft activities, also conference room hire.
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