Cardiff Bay

After telling you about the Cardiff Bay Barrage, I thought I’d better show you all some of the things that it was built for, as well as some of the older buildings in the area that are important parts of the local history and culture.

Wales Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre

The Wales Millennium Centre is famous as the home of the Welsh National Opera, but there are actually a lot more events and activities that go on there. The carvings on the front of the building, which are also the windows, reads ‘In these stones horizons sing’.

The Pierhead Building
The Pierhead Building

Probably the most noticeable building due to it’s bright red colour, the Pierhead Building was built in 1897 and is the former headquarters of the Bute Dock Company.

The Senedd
The Senedd

The Senedd is where it all happens. It’s the building of the National Assembly for Wales and houses the debating chamber and committee rooms.

Norwegian Church
Norwegian Church

As the name suggests, the Norwegian Church was built as a place of worship for the Norwegian community that once supported the docks. Cardiff’s most famous Norwegian resident was the author Roald Dahl.

The Water Tower
The Water Tower, with the water switched off
Merchant Seafarers' War Memorial
Merchant Seafarers’ War Memorial and St David’s Hotel and Spa in the background
Scott Antarctic Memorial
Scott Antarctic Memorial

One of my favourite facts about Cardiff is that this is where Captain Scott departed from on his last voyage in the SS Terra Nova on 15th June 1910.

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