The public plaza in the heart of Cardiff Bay named after Cardiff-born author
Named after Cardiff-born author, Roald Dahl Plass is 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 northerm 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.
From the West (Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire etc): Leave the M4 at junction 33. Join the A4232 and continue for about 9.3 miles. Leave the A4232 just before the Butetown Tunnel, signposted Techniquest. Continue along Stuart Street and turn right at the first set of lights. Wales Millennium Centre is in front of you and a multi-storey car park is just beyond.
From the North (Merthyr Tydfil, Brecon, Mid Wales, North West Wales) Follow the A470 towards Cardiff until it turns into North Road/A470. Stay on North Road for about 4 miles, passing the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on your right, until you come to a major junction, by the civic buildings, on your left.
Turn left here onto A4161 (Boulevard de Nantes), go through the lights and follow the road around into Dumfries Place, continue in the centre lane, following the road around to the left , until you go under a railway bridge, then turn right at the first traffic lights onto Fitzalan Place.
Turn right at the next traffic lights onto Adam Street, stay in the left lane and take the slip road onto the Central Link Road. At the first roundabout, take the first exit and keep in the left hand lane, keeping left at the next roundabout. At the traffic lights turn right.
Major car park entrance is along this road on right hand side. From the car park just cross the road to Roald Dahl Plass. From the East (Newport, Bristol, Midlands, London etc) Leave the M4 at junction 29. and join A48 M. Stay on this road until the exit marked Docks. Follow road markings for city centre. As you approach city centre turn left at traffic lights into Fitzalan Place.
Turn right at the next junction onto Adam Street, stay in the left hand lane and take the slip road onto the Central Link Road. At the first roundabout, take the first exit and keep in the left hand lane. At the traffic lights turn right. Major car park entrance is along this road on right hand side. From the car park just cross the road to Roald Dahl Plass.
Bus Numbers 1, 2, 6 (Baycar), 8 & 35 serve Cardiff Bay Regular train services run to and from Cardiff Bay Station from Monday to Sunday. For more information contact Arriva Trains Wales Tel 0845 606 1660 www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk.
+44 (0)29 2087 7927 (Visitor Centre)