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Mermaid Quay

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (City Centre)
CF10 5BZ
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Ranked #22 of 78 attractions in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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,... more » 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. « less
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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Excellent place to visit, with lots of,places to eat from casual to formal. You can also visit the dr who museum, go bowling and take a boat trip in and around the bay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Have visited Cardiff quite a few times but never came here before. We walked all the way round from Cardiff Bay. It was a nice walk but a windy day so decided to have a coffee at Costa, sat outside and people watched, my favourite. We then walked back to the car, drove outside of Cardiff for a bit but... More

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London
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22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There are lots of nice eateries to choose from, so we had checked trip advisor for recommendations. Many of the restaurants and cafes have outdoor seating and we were lucky that we had nice weather so were able to take advantage of this. The place has a nice atmosphere and we wandered around taking it all in. Lots of families... More

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London, United Kingdom
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158 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The quay has quaint little shops and on a Sunday there are Market stalls selling handmade goods and bags! Great presents for Christmas, birthdays etc,. There are all sorts of places to eat and drink for all budgets from burgers to posh nosh. Just sitting on the quay watching people or boats coming or going is quite plesent and relaxing!... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lovely walk and sights on a pleasant day. Lots for children to do in the summer as well because they have set up a play park in the centre of it all. We were lucky enough to hear a steelpan as well because we are visiting from Trinidad and Tobago. There are lots of restaurants to choose from so everyone... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I was hoping to walk along the coast but there was nothing there but restaurants. A festival was setting up for the following week but other than that there was nothing for kids to do. Spent less than 2 hours walking around.

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

We are sorry to hear that you found your trip to Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay "quite boring". As you say, Mermaid Quay itself is mainly waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars - very popular with visitors and Cardiff residents alike - which sit at the heart of the Cardiff's Waterfront where a host of attractions provide a great day out... More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

It's just a nice dining place with the view of the Cardiff Bay... Nothing special culturally or historically.

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

As you say Mermaid Quay is a nice place to dine - its 30+ waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars are very popular with Cardiff residents and visitors. It sits at the heart of Cardiff Bay - the Tiger Bay of old whose fascinating history has helped to shape the culture and economy of Wales' capital city - and it is... More

Dalby Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were staying in units beside the quay and found it an extremely useful place for meals and snacks. The range of eating spots suits all ages and incomes, from flash expensive restaurants to American diners serving great kids' meals.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I love going down to the quay after work on a Friday, mainly to complete a mini bar crawl. Everyone is so happy there, lots of places to go and eat. Excellent during the summer when you can sit outside.

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Lovely experience walking, eating, sitting, taking photos. Lovely architecture of very new and old buildings. Recommended

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