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Cardiff Bay Barrage, Cardiff

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Visit Cardiff Bay Barrage to witness some of the British Channel’s finest engineering. Located at the mouth of Cardiff Bay, the Barrage provides direct public passage from Cardiff to Penath. Observe boats moving through the locks or see salmon migrating at the fish pass at this fully functioning dam. Today, the Barrage also represents a focal tourist point for shopping, dining, and leisure activities. Rent bikes and explore the areas many trails or spend an evening at the opera at the Wales Millenium Center. Enjoy beautiful views over the bay while walking back to town or catch a bus. See Cardiff Bay Barrage and all Cardiff has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cardiff day trip planning app .
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  • Took a walk over here recently and really enjoyed the stroll. I didn't even realise you could walk over to Penarth Marina and even hire bikes to do it. You can walk over and see the people enjoying th...  more »
  • We walked across from Penarth to Cardiff Bay and got the water taxi back. Thoroughly enjoyable and we all had a great afternoon!  more »
  • The barrage was great fun we managed to go on two boats who gave us an informative tour whilst we sailed around the Barrage. It was lovely and the boat owners were lovely and approachable.  more »
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  • Lovely place to go for a walk and beautiful scenery. Cardiff barrage offers plentiful things to do in the summer from, walking, cycling, fishing, kids parks, skate parks and cafes. Parking is easy, but does get busy over the weekends.
  • Always pleasant to walk around the bay. Highly recommended.
  • Great start for a walk across the barrage. Plenty of parking, though be careful as many of the car parks are operated by a notorious local parking company. Locks are interesting to watch when in use and are quite busy. An "optical illusion" is painted in yellow on the locks visible from the yellow X at the barrier to lock 3.
  • Nice view over Cardiff Bay, and some interesting history for the civil engineering minded. Stay awhile and see if can get to see a boat going through the locks — your kids will love it! Ours did anyway... ;-)
  • Very picturesque place for an evening stroll, links Cardiff Bay with Penarth Marina
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