Cardiff audio tour: What a difference a Bay makes: A stroll around Cardiff's waterfront

What a difference a Bay makes: A stroll around Cardiff's waterfront

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Join me on a walking tour around Cardiff Bay and hear about its transformation from the world’s busiest coal-exporting port to a vibrant waterfront area. As you make your way around the bay, you’ll see and hear about the contrasting buildings that are dotted around the waterfront. There’s a mix of old and new architecture that helps bring the Cardiff Bay story to life, including one of the most environmentally friendly parliament buildings in Europe, the old port authority buildings from Cardiff's maritime past, and a theatre constructed entirely from products sourced from across Wales.

Some of the historical tidbits you’ll discover include:

• Which Cardiff native sang three of the James Bond theme songs
• Which Scottish family influenced the growth of the docks
• How a church from Norway ended up in the area
• Which children’s author was baptised here

...and plenty more. I look forward to showing you the highlights of our capital's waterfront on this 45-minute tour!

Tour Producer


Stephen Griffin

My name is Stephen Griffin and I am a Wales Blue Badge Tourist Guide. I am a passionate Welsh man and love nothing more than telling everyone about my beautiful corner of the world..

Major Landmarks

  • Welsh Parliament

  • Wales Millennium Center

  • Norwegian Church

  • Pierhead Building

Directions to Starting Point

If arriving by car there is on street parking on Harbour Drive , Postcode:CF10 4PA. Then make your way into Britannia Park which is behind the Waterguard public house. You will see the Pit to Port Statue which is the starting point of the tour.
By public transport, the No 6 Bus runs regularly from Cardiff City Centre and Central Rail Station. Alight the bus close to the Millennium Centre/Rohal Dahl Plas , keeping the Millennium Centre and Welsh Parliament building on your left, you will see the Waterguard pub in front of you. Behind the pub is the Pit to Port statue where we start the tour.

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Places to stop along the way

Welsh Parliament, Pierhead Building. Mermaid Quay offers lots of options for refreshments and views across the waterfront.

Best time of day

8am to 8pm in the Summer 9am to 4pm in Winter


The area is safe but please always be streetwise


Really interesting tour, the commentary brought our walk around the Bay to life.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 6 days ago

Thanks glad you enjoyed it .

Posted by Stephen , about 16 hours ago
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What a difference a Bay makes: A stroll around Cardiff's waterfront