Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  Wales  /  South Wales  /  Cardiff  /  Parks  /  Roald Dahl Plass

Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.4/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
Roald Dahl Plass is a public space in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales. It is named after Cardiff-born author Roald Dahl, and is located on the coast along the south of the city centre. The square is home to the Senedd (Welsh Assembly Building) and the Wales Millennium Centre, a performing arts centre. The bowl-like shape of the space has made it a popular amphitheatre for hosting open-air concerts.Formerly named the Oval Basin or the Bowl to locals, the area was one of the docks for a thriving coal port during the latter half the 19th century and much of the 20th century. Following World War II, the space entered a period of decay and dereliction until the 1980s, when the Cardiff Bay area was regenerated."Plass" means space in Norwegian, a nod to the acclaimed writer's roots (both of Dahl's parents were from Norway) and to the Norwegian seafarers' church which stands nearby.HistoryThe area was originally all wetlands owned by John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute. He was persuaded to finance construction of the dock on his land at a cost of over £ 350,000. The dock opened under the name "West Bute Dock" on 8 October 1839, and was over 1400 yards (1280 m) long and 200 feet (60 m) wide, allowing 300 vessels to berth at any time.
Arrange to visit Roald Dahl Plass and other attractions in Cardiff using our Cardiff trip generator.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • It was a quiet day at Cardiff Bay while we were there, and so if Cardiff Bay is quiet, so is Ronald Dahl Plass; few people, few activities. But saying that, one can see the potential and at times sure...  read more »
  • The location is very nice and the wheel is quite interesting. It is worth noting what was written on it. Well-accessible.
    show original
  • Situated on the bay, close to the restaurants and cafes close to the pier, interesting sculpture, worth visiting. 
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h