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Pierhead Building

Maritime Road, Cardiff CF10 4PZ, Wales
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Ranked #36 of 82 Attractions in Cardiff
Type: Government Buildings, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

A wonderful old fashion red bricks building. Get a closer look at the magnificent staircase. There alot of information regarding the history, the orgin and the purpose of this building. I am a keen photographer so the interior of the building was of a great interest. If you are in the area please make a visit to this wonderful building.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Credit must be given for the preservation of this landmark which stands in the midst of modernity as a testament to what once was. It tells the history of shipping and the coal industry of Wales, by its presence and its contents. Those in charge have done well to have an interesting display as well as the short but comprehensive... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

What a brilliant structure and superb landmark, extremely well maintained and refurbished it's a great place to visit and a must see for any resident of Cardiff.

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London, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
56 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Monday 4th August, lovely sunny day, we parked up in Penarth and walked into Cardiff Bay, firstly on the West Coast Path and then continuing over the Cardiff Bay Barrage, it took about 1 hour. One of the first buildings to catch our eye, as we walked across the Barrage, was the beautiful lone red building in the distance, the... More

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East Flanders Province, Belgium
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The pierhead is nice, when it's godd weather. Shops en drinks are nearby, as is the parking lot. Great vieuw. Terrible experience with the starbucks (dirty, not friendly, ice tea: yes, no, forgotten ...) Cardiff center is much nicer.

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Madison, West Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
21 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The Pierhead building was striking as I traveled into the Mermaid Quay by boat. It is a very historical building with lots to see. It is free to enter and tour the 3 floors of the building. There's beautiful tile on the walls and a beautiful stairway. I watched a video about the history of the building. It was a... More

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
5 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I knew the docks area long before the Bay development and remember this beautiful old building. Its architecture, both outside and in is quite amazing and well worth a visit. Take some time and look at the detail... Already the new buildings that surround The Pierhead Building are looking a bit tawdry - I don't somehow think they'll look as... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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295 reviews 295 reviews
228 attraction reviews
283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

As mentioned in my review of Cardiff Bay and Mermaid Quay, there are so many things to see and do near Cardiff Bay. Due to time constraints and the need to catch the last Cardiff Sight Seeing Bus so I could go back to the City Center, I was unable go inside the Pierhead Building. From the outside, this building... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Cardiff Bay might be the heart of much transformation and new building over the last few decades, but the 1897 Pierhead Building catches the eye before everything else. Great short video of the history of the area is shown every 20 minutes.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

A grand old building from a time when they knew how to construct an icon. It's a shame they didn't copy this style when the erected the Soviet'esque green house next door. The show inside is ok and had great photos of the docks. From years give by, the trouble is it only shows them for seconds before it dashes... More

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