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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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  • We enjoyed most of our walk from Penarth. At the quayside you start close to an impressive Custom House, now a restaurant. Sadly the potentially impressive building next door is now derelict. This is ...  more »
  • A wonderful promenade for all ages, and great views of the bay. Highly recommended. Bit windy though.  more »
  • A walk to the barrage from Cardiff Bay-or take the water taxi for three pounds is quite fascinating .You can walk over itand view all the infrastructure and see how the Bay was built . Quie interestin...  more »
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  • 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... ;-)
  • A nice place for a walk and a must for a Torchwood fan. Take care not to get trapped as boats go through
  • Looks great! It's one of the first thing what I would like to show for anyone else!
  • By far and away the best Barrage in Cardiff Bay, nothing else comes close.

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Cardiff is a compact city, easily explored on foot, from accommodations in its pedestrianized city center. Top-notch hotels and B&Bs are only a short walk from the major attractions and popular shops. The Welsh countryside, along with its quaint country hotels, is easily accessible from Cardiff's centrally located main train station. 
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