In Cardiff Bay, you can clamber aboard one of Cardiff’s newest transport solutions, known as the Cardiff Water Taxi or Aquabus.
You could take the boat which purrs over to Cardiff Bay Barrage, South Wales’ answer to the Thames Barrier. The barrage keeps the sea out, enclosing the 200-hectare freshwater lake, which in turn encircles what was once Tiger Bay. Take the ferry trip across the bay to read all about it and to see how it all works.
The Aquabus is also available to charter for birthday outings, hen nights and any other occasion. The main boat stop is in the centre of Cardiff Bay, with timetable and route information. A loudspeaker announces the next departure, so you could have a casual drink or ice cream without fear of missing the boat.
Why be stuck inside on a bus, or wait for the train when you could take the ferry? The boat ride between the city and the waterfront is far more scenic than the bus route, and takes you past one of Cardiff’s most impressive new monuments – the Millennium Stadium. See the stadium from a different perspective as you glide alongside the curved wooden Millennium boardwalk. The Bay to the City route travels along the River Taff, upstream past Butetown and Grangetown, alongside the stadium, under the bridge dividing Riverside and Canton, and arriving at its destination – the shiny new boat stop in Bute Park. Alighting here could mean a pleasant walk through the gardens around Cardiff Castle, or towards Sophia Gardens, the cricket ground home to county side Glamorgan. You could take the Millennium Stadium tour or visit Cardiff Castle. Alternatively, the city centre is a short five minute walk away, and after shopping, hop on a boat back to the Bay for lunch with a waterfront view, in a Mermaid Quay restaurant.
Other routes on offer include one between Penarth and the Bay and a leisurely cruise around Cardiff Bay.
The Aquabus operates daily, giving visitors an unique chance to see Cardiff from the water. For more information please see the Cardiff Aquabus website.
Getting to Cardiff Bay from our Holiday Cottages
Our cottages are an easy 45 minute drive from Cardiff Bay along the M4 motorway. Leave the M4 at junction 33 (Signed Cardiff (West), Barry, Penarth, Cardiff Airport & A4232). Join the A4232 and continue for about 9.3 miles. You will soon pick up signs for Cardiff Bay where you will find car parking also.