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Mermaid Quay

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
CF10 5BZ
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Ranked #18 of 59 Attractions in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
Owner description: Overlooking the Bay and with a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mermaid Quay is where Cardiff comes...
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
Owner description: Overlooking the Bay and with a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mermaid Quay is where Cardiff comes to relax.Just five minutes from the city centre, it's the perfect destination for relaxing, partying or splashing out on a bit of retail therapy or personal pampering.The wealth of waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars with menus from around the world mean there's something for every taste and pocket - from a quick snack to a leisurely, luxury meal.And, if it's laughs you're after, there's nowhere better than the Glee Club - one of the UK's top stand-up venues.Meanwhile shops and services range from stylish boutiques offering hot fashions & accessories, fine foods, fabulous furnishings and great gifts to Ken Picton's award-winning hair dressing salon & spa.

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New Delhi, India
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

alot of activities are always going on at the mermaid quay. lots of option to eat out. my personal favourite was café naz, unfortunately it has shut down now. but still there are many places to eat on mermaid quay. dont miss the boat ride its fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Cute area with shops and restaurants. Mostly closed when I was there but it was pleasant nonetheless, with a good atmosphere.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We stayed for the weekend and ate at a number of the restaurants in Mermaid Key. Found the area full of buzz on a Saturday Night.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A fun place with plenty of places to eat and also a nice walk around the area, not really any shops but with St Davids shop only about 2 miles away, this makes a nice oasis

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you want a quieter night than the city centre come here! Great bars, restaurants and entertainment. There are also good hotels within walking distance. It's quite casual for a night out and I love sitting outside with a glass of wine on a summer evening. The wind can get quite strong here in the autumn/ winter so remember to... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

From food stands to live music close to the Millenium Centre, I highly recommend paying a visit to the area or even staying there, especially during the summer festivals!

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gewkcgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A wonderful place in Cardiff Bay by the waterside. Lots of things to do including boat trips, shops, cafes and restaurants. Lovely walks aroudn the water side. Lighthouse Boat, Norwegian Church, Doctor Who experience, Boats museum. Good for families

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you're in South Wales make sure you pop down the bay and sample the different tastes of the world in the Mermaid Quay - you can find from Italian to Spanish to Chinese and more. There is also some nice bars and wine taster places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Lots restaurant , crafts shops enjoyed walking around lot to see.also lion king was on.so could stay at this lovely hotel go to a show Have a spa eat at good restaurant.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The main commercial centre of the Cardiff bay waterfront, Mermaid Quay is an area packed with bars, restaurants and shops. I traveled here from Bath, largely passing through this 'attraction' on my way to the Doctor Who Experience. As previous reviews have suggested it's largely a place to grab a bite to eat with few attractions or things to do.... More 

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Mermaid_Quay_Cardiff, Public Relations Manager at Mermaid Quay, responded to this review

We were sorry to hear that you didn't think Mermaid Quay was worth the effort. It might be true to say that Mermaid Quay itself doesn't have any formal "attractions", other than numerous restaurants, cafes & bars offering food from around the world and fabulous views across the waters of Cardiff. Most of our visitors find that a pretty big... More 

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