• The Welsh featured on the front of the Wales Millennium Centre building is ‘Creu Gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen, meaning ‘Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration’
    All the materials used in the construction of the Wales Millennium Centre were sourced from around Wales – an example of this can be seen inside the main auditorium on the balconies. They’re made from hardwoods including oak, ash, beech and chestnut which were all supplied from renewable sources in mid-Wales
  • Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay is named after the Cardiff born author Roald Dahl. The word “Plass” means ‘space’ in Norwegian, a nod to the acclaimed writer’s Norwegian roots.
  • The Pierhead is a focal point on the waterfront. This Grade I listed building is on the National Assembly for Wales’s estate, and it’s easily recognisable by the clock tower.
  • The Norwegian Church Arts Centre is a poignant reminder of when Cardiff was one of the greatest sea ports in the World. The church welcomed up to 70,000 seafarers annually, where sailors could chat in their native tongue.
  • The Senedd is one of the most Ecological buildings in Wales and one of the most Ecological Parliamentary buildings in the world. 1000 tonnes of slate was used in and around the building from Cwt-y-Bugail Quary in the Ffestiniog area, North Wales.
  • The Cardiff Bay Barrage is 1.1kilometres long. This major civil engineering project was designed to impound the bay and create more than 13km of prime waterfront.
  • The Cardiff Bay barrage incorporates a specially designed “fish pass” to allow migratory Salmon and Sea Trout to return to the rivers Taff and Ely.
  • Cardiff Castle was given to the citizens of Cardiff by the Bute family in 1947. The Castle you see today is at once a reconstructed Roman fort, a Norman Castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace.
  • You can travel by boat from Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Bay and back. Princess Katherine is only £3 per person and runs from Bute Park on the Taff down to the Bay.
  • Within the walls of the Castle are Air Raid Shelters which were used by the people of Cardiff during the 2nd World War.
  • In 2014, the NATO summit dinner was held at Cardiff Castle, attended by, amongst others, President Obama

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