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The Open Boat

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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About The Open Boat
The Open Boat 'Daffodil' sails from the Cardiff Waterfront throughout the year weather Permitting (Check the Facebook page "The Open Boat" for the latest information about sailing times) Carrying up to a maximum of 11 passengers per trip it's the best way to see Cardiff bay. A full commentary is given, and there is a lively, fun and friendly atmosphere on board as Daffodil cruises Cardiff Bay out in the fresh air! Warm blankets are provided on cooler days, but remember that Daffodil is THE OPEN BOAT so dress accordingly. Each trip lasts approx 20 mins and is ideal if you're on a tight schedule or have small children with you. Pay on board Daffodil the little GREEN boat, no need to book in advance, just turn up!
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I had a tour around Cardiff Bay on this lovely boat . The Captain was friendly and gave us an interesting and informative history of the bay. We were actually the only ones on the boat so it was a private tour...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank hilarys64
B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the review Hilary! See you again one day!? :-)

Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my lads chose this over the other boats due to the boat being open and it looked a joy as it passed us waving as we sat deciding! We had the front row seats and the captain had great banter calling me Kate...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks Kate Winslet. Always happy to play your 'Jack' (watch the film!) x

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip today. We took our two kids aged 3 and 7 who loved it so much they wanted to get straight back on and go again! Great fun, friendly and knowledgable skipper, even had blankets to wrap the kids in to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Funkychicken38
B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the fab review! So glad you enjoyed my little trip. Looking forward to next time :-)

Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

What a fantastic 20 minute trip around Cardiff bay we had,commentary first class,not overfilled which made us feel very safe! And also got some tips on a lovely beach that we went too next day and that was great as well 😊 very happy family...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, I'm glad you found the beach I recommended too :-)

Reviewed August 10, 2019

My parents have been living in Cardiff for years and we decided to go on an impromptu boat trip around Cardiff Bay when I was visiting them from the US. We selected the boat by watching the boats around the Bay and chose one that...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for the fabulous review! Looking forward to seeing you all again one day! :-)

Reviewed July 28, 2019 via mobile

What a treat ! Booked with Ben a surprise trip to take our parents from st David’s hotel across to the custom House restaurant as we were having a day of surprise golden wedding celebrations for them Ben was so helpful beforehand. Met with my...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Thanks Rosie! That was a fun trip. I'm glad you all enjoyed yourselves XX

Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

That’s £5 well spent. The boat ride took only 20mins but it covers the beautiful view of Cardiff Bay. The skipper was very friendly. The boat was small (fits about 11 pax) but that’s the beauty of it!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Hafiznasir
B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Cheers! Yes it's not how big it is, it's what you do with it! :-D

Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

We had a great trip - it's short and sweet 20 minutes but Ben had us laughing with him all the way around. *Wait by the kiosk* like it says, don't go down to the boat until he says. It's just polite.

Date of experience: June 2019
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B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Thank you Malcom, I now have some temporary help on the waterfront for those busy days! See you again :-)

Reviewed July 15, 2019

This was one of two trips that we took around the bay. It was a beautiful afternoon and I wished that this trip had been a little bit longer! The Captain was very informative and friendly. Took some great pics- thank you for a great...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Debi3Debi
B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Ha Ha yes Captain Gorgeous indeed!! Thanks Debi xx

Reviewed July 9, 2019

We recently visited Cardiff and went to the bay to check it out. It was not crowded and we saw a few boats offering tours. We decided to use the Open Boat because we were the only ones there (the whole place was not crowded...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Greg N
B_Salter, Owner at The Open Boat, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Thanks for the great review Greg! :-)

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Jackie M
August 1, 2018|
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Response from B_Salter | Property representative |
Hello there, yes as the previous comment has said, we normally leave walking frames/wheelchairs with the pushchairs on the pontoons which are locked or watched over whilst the boat is on the trip. If the boat is fairly quiet... More
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Sophiemoggy
June 18, 2017|
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No need to book just turn up. Trips run every 25 mins or so. But do check the Facebook page 'THE OPEN BOAT' before travelling. It's updated daily by 10am stating whether the boat is operating or not that day.
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_clarke_susan
May 19, 2015|
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Hello there, it's an old boat so there are a few steps. However we have carried many wheelchair users without problems in the past. If you are able to stand, then with a couple of strong arms nearby we can usually get you on... More
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