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Cardiff Bay Boat Tour

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Cardiff Bay Boat Tour

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icon45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Enjoy panoramic views over beautiful Cardiff Bay on this 1-hour boat tour. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Penarth barrage or Cardiff Bay, then cruise onto the waters as the on-board commentary sheds light on the region’s rich history. Along the way, learn of the regeneration which has shaped the bay we see today and take in top landmarks including the Barrage and its lock gates, the Old Docks, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh Assembly and the Wetlands Nature Reserve. Perhaps alight at Mermaid Quay — Cardiff’s bustling shopping district.
  • 1-hour Cardiff Bay sightseeing boat tour
  • Gain insight into Cardiff Bay’s comprehensive regeneration from the on-board commentary
  • Admire uninterrupted views over top sites such as the Old Docks, the Wales Millennium Centre and the Welsh Assembly
  • Watch for native wildlife at the Wetlands Nature Reserve
  • Perhaps hop off and browse the shops of Mermaid Quay
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Cardiff Cruises , Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ, UK

Lower Boardwalk, Mermaid Quay

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour is missed due to late or non-arrival
  • Please note: you must reconfirm directly with the supplier, refer to voucher for details
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before departure
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cardiff Cruises Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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It was a very enjoyable...
, Jul 2022
It was a very enjoyable trip and was definitely worth the money we paid for. Organisation and timings of the trip were excellent and would definitely return to do it again.
Great experience
, Jul 2022
Friendly and accommodating staff. Though the voice over is a bit delayed, still very informative. Great thing to do while in Cardiff
Underwhelmed but something to do and decent value
, Jun 2022
The trip was what is said on the tin. However, I did expect it to be a bit longer than it was with it saying an hours trip I think not knowing the local area probably contributed to this. It was about 15mins to the end of the bay, stopped for 10mins at another stop to see if anyone wanted to get on and again 15mins to get back. Not sure what I was expecting but I presumed it would be more. The volume of the guide was fine despite other people's reviews. Well priced items at the bar, 4 drinks bought for £11.
Enjoyed by all
, Jun 2022
Despite the 30 min delay, it’s was thoroughly enjoyed by all especially the children. Would definitely recommend it to friends and family 👍🏼😀
In summary it was boring.
, May 2022
The staff are friendly and welcoming. You also have a snack bar on board and they serve alcohol. The boat tour was disappointing, as it didn’t match what was advertised on the website. The boat goes across Cardif Bay in a straight line to Penarth. We could only hear the tour guide clearly once we sat at the top of the boat. The ride is advertised as 50minutes, at least 10-15 minutes of that is waiting for other passengers to board at Penarth and then it goes back to the same place it came from. 15 min across the bay 15 min wait, 15 min back across the Bay. To make this better they need to revisit the journey the boat takes.
, May 2022
Good trip, just needed to match up your commentary with the points of interest. Not much else to say.
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Lovely and also...
, May 2022
Lovely and also informative boat trip,very relaxing and children loved it!! The weather was a huge plus as it was glorious 🥰
Beautiful memories
, May 2022
It was a memorable family time on the boat. Timely departure, neat boat, courteous staff and remarkable experience. I will come again
Excellent tour, you must do this
, May 2022
Excellent boat tour of Cardiff Bay. Beautiful boat and sights. Just enough time to take everything in. Friendly and professional staff. Would highly recommend.
Awesome ride
, Apr 2022
Awesome experience. The crew was very pleasant and very punctual. Great job indeed. However, the speaker was not very audible so we could not properly hear what was being said.
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It was the best looking...
, Nov 2021
It was the best looking boat in the bay. Might be cheaper to book at the bay instead of online. But we all really enjoyed it Lots other things around the bay too, a nice day out.
I thoroughly enjoyed
, Sep 2021
The directions weren’t very clear but head down to mermaids way and you’ll see about 10 huts and a couple who will take your name and book you in. I had a fab time, it’s nothing I’ve done before, and they gave us information about certain things which I found really interesting, thoroughly enjoyed(I have more videos than pictures, but couldn’t upload a video, these are all the pics I have) x
Beautiful day
, Sep 2021
Lovely guided interesting Boat trip around the Bay. The weather was beautiful which also made it that much better
First time
, Sep 2021
 The open-top river boat trip was fantastic. We had a great day out with this experience. It was my daughter first time in a boat. She loves it.
Great experience
, Sep 2021
It was a very enjoyable ride and would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Cardiff! Us adults enjoyed it as much as the little one!
, Sep 2021
Enjoyed but would have preferred to have gone to city centre Cardiff castle and back. The talk on board was good and not to over crowded
Lovely boat trip
, Sep 2021
Well organised. Length of trip was ample time to enjoy the barrage & commentary was great. Good value for money.
, Sep 2021
Great tour of the Bay Area and learn about the history of Cardiff. The boat was great and the navigation was great
Boating birthday treat
, Aug 2021
A lovely experience, professional operation from start to finish, stunning surroundings. Was a birthday celebration with a difference.
Great experience
, Aug 2021
Lovely thing to do with kids. They both really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to people especially with younger children.

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