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Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff

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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.The name is 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. "Plass" is the Norwegian cognate of the English word "place;" in this context the word means square in Norwegian, although the word can also mean "space" or "place." However in Norwegian the name of a square named after a person would correctly be written in the genitive case, in this case as "Roald Dahls plass" (literally, "Roald Dahl's square"). The word "plass" is not capitalized in modern (post-1907) Norwegian.
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  • Presided over by the imposing building of the Wales Millennium Centre and its chrome-plated monolith, this oval square is sign of identity of the cardiff today. Adjacent to Mermaid Quay, filled with restaurants of all kinds.
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  • The Roald Dahl Plass is the focus of all outside activities in the Cardiff Bay area, currently there is a funfair and a simulated beach occupying the oval basin and the surrounding area. The buildings...  more »
  • This oval shaped space isn't somewhere I would recommend you specifically set out to visit, but worth walking through if you are in Cardiff Bay. In the summer months it is used for open air concerts a...  more »
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  • Great day out with the kids beautiful scenery.. food was overpriced but kind of expected that. Great day out.. although I will avoid the beach part next time as there were fleas in it I gathering not every one kept their dogs off
  • Love this place. Great for a walk, and ice cream and a coffee. Makes a nice weekend distraction. Red dragon over the road and a nice walk round to the barrage.
  • View , clearity , position of Building all around perfect
  • Nice area that has some great attractions throughout the year, the food festival is brilliant and during summer months the beach and fairground attractions are worth a visit.
  • We had a fab first visit to Cardiff and loved our time having Summer Fun at Roald Dahl Plas!

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