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From Cardiff Bay to the city centre

by oxfordlad

I am staying in the Cardiff bay area for a couple of nights next month, I have heard that the area between Cardiff bay and the city centre is a bit rough and not safe at night, is this true? How long does it take to walk? If not which is the best method of transport to take? I will be having a short brak with my girlfriend, which pubs or restaurants can anyone recommend?

Re: From Cardiff Bay to the city centre

by SallyM

I like Bellinis restaurant in Cardiff Bay though it was very popular last time I looked - you may need to book. The restaurant next door on the left (can't remember the name - but we were there in November) was also good.

You do see quite a few hen parties around Cardiff (it seems to have the highest concentration of stretched limos I have seen in the UK) but they are generally harmless.

Re: From Cardiff Bay to the city centre

by dave.richards

Do not even think about walking from the Bay to the centre at night (or for that matter even in early evening!). You are right about it being a no-go area. There is a strong ethnic minority community there and they don't take kindly to people walking through it. Even some taxis wont drive through there at night so you may find problems getting back to the Bay at night.

Follow this link for the Cardiff Bus map and timetable - http://www.cardiffbus.com/pdfs/baycar.pdf

The Bay itself and the centre are both safe at night but try and avoid the centre on a Friday night as this is when the younger generation from outside Cardiff (ie the valleys) visit and it can get a little boistrous.

Any other night is fine and I'd recommend the Bay if the weather is good, especially around Mermaid Quay and the Waterfront.

Re: From Cardiff Bay to the city centre

by aaaarrgh

I've never had a problem walking from the Bay to the city centre. There have been myths about the Butetown area circulating for many decades! If you know where you are going and walk confidently you are unlikely to have a problem. However, like any out of the way area of a strange city, you need to be aware of what's going on around you if you're walking after dark.

All that being said, it is not a pretty route and there's a mile of straight road. It will be far more sensible (and quick) to catch the excellent bus service or share a taxi.

Re: From Cardiff Bay to the city centre

by dave.richards

You have been lucky. Not everyone can walk 'with confidence' and many of us will be classed as easy pickings for the street gangs that DO hang around this area.
I worked for several years in the Grangetown area and know several teenagers/early twenties guys and girls who would never walk along Bute Street, Lloyd George Avenue or the Central Link road at night.
People go to dangerous places the world over, every day, but only a handful come to harm - I would not want to take the chance.
In your case, aaaarhh, it is only a matter of time and is a case of when, not if.
Place safe and go by bus or taxi.

Travel Tips for Cardiff

Cardiff - Caerdydd

by Goner

Cardiff is a seaport as it's built on the tidal estuary of the River Taff. Since it's decline in coal mining, Cardiff has restored and revitalized and has done a great job in attracting tourists - such as myself.

I did some reading about Cardiff before my adventure to the UK, it was Cardiff Castle that peaked my interest, but upon arriving in Cardiff I found a city full of history and a marvelous St Fagans park and heritage center that brought history to life.

The planners of Cardiff have added new buildings that they should be proud of. It's a very progressive city but still wears it's heritage well by using the many of the beautiful old buildings for market places and revitializing the dock area. Of course St Fagans and Cardiff Castle were first on the list, but I also enjoyed the architecture in the row houses that lined the shady streets.

Did You Know?

by M0B1US

DID YOU KNOW...? (BBC Cardiff Website)

Cardiff is said to have more parks, recreation and open spaces per head of population than any other city in the UK, including the huge and sprawling Bute Park in the centre of the city.

Spillers on The Hayes is the oldest record shop in the world, established in 1894 when it sold sheet music.

Cardiff City are still the only non-English club to win the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 in the 1927 final at Wembley. In fact, the trophy was generally known as the English Cup until the Bluebirds' famous victory.

Author Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents - the Oval Basin in the bay has been renamed Roald Dahl Plass in his honour.

The first million pound cheque in the World was signed at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay.

Comedian Bob Hope's parents were married in Cardiff in April 1891.

The first British news film ever recorded was of the Prince and Princess of Wales visiting the Cardiff exhibition of 1896.

Captain Scott, of Antarctic fame, made his final voyage from Cardiff port.

Marconi broadcast the first radio signal in the world across water from nearby Lavernock Point.

The Welsh name for Cardiff is Caerdydd which has two meanings. The first is "seat of Dydd", with the identity of Dydd being uncertain, but probably the Roman commander Aulus Didius. The second is that it could stand for "fortress on the Taff" - you decide... ;-)

Six Nations Campaign

by bobsreturn2004

There are three things us Welsh do really well.One is Drink Beer,Two is to talk as much as possible and three is to follow the Welsh rugby team.We love Rugby and after a good number of years in the wildreness(espicially after 2003 and 2004 six nations tournament).We did the improbable and won the six nations championship.Be very aware though if you want to go and see the game,get tickets early.Most six nation home games are sold out within minutes,Secondly if your not going to the stadium and want to see a game get there as early as possible.Last Year for example during the Ireland game, most pubs were packed at 10am.
The Millenium Stadium has a great view anywhere you sit, expect to pay less the further up you go though. A Camera is a must,A mobile phone.Do not even try and bring in alchol, they will just turn you back around.



Penarth is a small seaside resort on the South Wales Coast. It has a long Esplanade, many Victorian houses, nice gardens and a typical British pier which was built in 1894. From Penarth you can take a nice walk along the seaside in the direction of Lavernock Point. Interestingly enough, the lovely lady at the Tourist Information Office didn't know anything about that path.

Penarth is situated about 5 miles south of Cardiff and it is well served by local trains or buses. Catch bus No. 92, 93, or 94 at Cardiff Central Bus Station to get to Penarth.

Welsh Hawking center

by percy961

At the Welsh Hawking Centre you will see over 200 Birds of Prey including Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Buzzards. They can be seen and photographed in the mews, weathering ground, breeding and if you are fast enough, flying! We pride ourselves on the personal contact we have with our visitors, so please ask any of the staff any questions or help you may need


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