Enjoy views across the city, bay and Bristol Channel from the Barrage
Perfect for a relaxing stroll or bike ride, the Barrage embankment is situated in a stunning maritime setting and offers spectacular views over Cardiff Bay and the Severn Estuary. Thanks to its flat gradient and lack of steps, it’s accessible for all visitors.
A variety of leisure activities take place along the Barrage embankment at the children’s play area, Skate Plaza and adiZone outdoor gym. Visitors can also peruse the free exhibitions, have a sit down and selfie with the Enormous Crocodile, and take a pit-stop at the RSPB-run Hafren Café.
You can park at the pay and display car park on the Penarth side of the Barrage (CF64 1TQ), which is open seven days a week.
There are several other car parks in the Cardiff Bay area:
Havannah Street (CF10 5SG) near Techniquest and St David’s Hotel
Stuart Street (CF10 5BZ) in Mermaid Quay
Harbour Drive (CF10 4PA) near the Norwegian Church
Pierhead Street (CF10 4PH) near Wales Millennium Centre and The Red Dragon Centre
The Barrage can be accessed on foot from the Penarth side, as well as along the Bay Edge Walkway, near Porth Teigr from the Cardiff Bay side.
Public transport (between the city centre and Bay)
Transport For Wales Rail Services run a regular service between Cardiff Queen Street station in the city centre and Cardiff Bay station.
The baycar (service 6) operates a frequent, fast and direct service between the city centre and Cardiff Bay seven days a week. Main city centre bus stops include Queen Street Station, Westgate Street, St Mary Street (Wyndham Arcade) and the rear of Central Rail Station. Services 7 and 8 also run from Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Bay.
For the International Sports Village (ISV), take service 7, which runs between the city centre, the Bay and the ISV from Monday to Saturday. Hop on board from bus stop JF on Canal Street. Service 9 travels between the city centre and the ISV seven days a week from bus stop KF on Westgate Street.
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By water bus
Waterbuses operates daily, linking up the city centre with the Bay. For further details, see www.cardiffharbour.com/water-taxis