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Brilliant river trip

A fantastic local history trip up the river from Cardiff Bay to the Castle in the centre of town... read more

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Suet195377
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Enjoyable trip to Cardiff Bay

Reasonably priced trip from park to bay with audio guide to history and places on route. About 30... read more

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Sheila O
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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All reviews bute park mermaid quay city centre nice trip different perspective recorded commentary enjoyable journey journey takes friendly crew view of the bay per adult minute trip millennium stadium worth a trip water taxi sunny day taff
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Were visiting Cardiff Bay and fulfilled something I have wanted to do for a while by taking the Aqua Bus back to the Castle grounds.Really enjoyed the 25 minute journey which gave us a new perspective on the city.

Thank Alan B
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Having booked a hotel in Cardiff for a night with my wife in May, we had had made no advance plans for anything special to do. So, while walking around Cardiff Castle on a sunny, warm Bank Holiday afternoon taking pictures of all the beautiful carved stone animals along the Animal Wall, we arrived at the entrance to the very beautiful Bute Park and Arboretum, named, I think, after the Marquess of Bute. The Gatehouse to the park is a beautiful little Victorian building, all fake medieval arched gate, heavy wooden doors and a matching gatehouse which doubles as a Café, the Pettigrew Tea Rooms, selling various refreshments to hot tourists and locals.
Turning left down some stone steps, we followed the path to the tree lined river's edge where there is a jetty and attached to the jetty are small billboards advertising a couple of riverboat trips and taxi services. We had almost an hour to wait for the next trip on the 'Princess Katherine' riverboat. The hour wait was a pleasant rest. Sitting on the low stone wall, shaded by the trees in Bute Park by the river on the stunning day we had luckily chosen to be there was no bad way to spend our time, watching the river twist and flow and the ducklings squeaking along in lines behind their mums on the tree lined and sunny river. All good, so far, and we hadn't even got on the boat yet.
We bought our £4 tickets, one way, from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay and we boarded at 18.30 and, being the last trip to Cardiff Bay, the trip was not a return, so if you want the round trip 17.30 is the latest you should board. The return trip will cost £8 per person. Bang on time, the Princess Katherine a ninety seat river boat/taxi drew up alongside the jetty with a light bump, and twenty or so passengers, including my wife and I climbed down the couple of steep steps into the boat and sat down on seats that were just like the old double decker bus seats, bench seats, comfy enough for the 20 to 30 minute trip down the river.
This was a real treat on the beautiful day we had chosen. There is an enlightening commentary given on the boat all the way down the River Taff. The commentary covers the history and architecture of the buildings along the river and the Bay, the development and changing uses of both river and the Bay over the years and famous people who have lived and worked in times gone by in these places, people such as Shirley Bassey and Roald Dahl, the signing of the first Million Pounds cheque, the Brains Beer Brewery, Norwegian sailors Church and much more besides.
I initially thought the commentary was a slight intrusion on the peace and tranquility of drifting along the sun dappled river, but then I realised that I would have been completely ignorant of the wonderful sights that that we were looking at and of the people and the history that were a part of these places and so therefore, the commentary soon became an essential part of the experience, and not the intrusion on the peace and relaxation that I initially thought it to be.
As the Princess Katherine heads out of the River Taff and out into Cardiff Bay, you realise that the shore is actually quite a long way off on either side and this quite a thrill, as the boat rocks gently out in the swell. You really feel that you are out on the water here! Eventually, the Princess Katherine has made its wide sweep out into the Bay and is gliding up to its mooring outside the spectacular architecture of the Cardiff Bay waterfront. Time now to disembark, we walked off the jetty, up Roald Dahl Pass and past the spectacular Pierhead Building and Millennium Centre. This riverboat down the Taff to Cardiff Bay was a really great idea!
if you only get the 18.30 one way trip from Bute Park to the Bay, as we did, you can either spend a great evening in the Bay, or walk straight up Roald Dahl Pass, Past the Pierhead building, the Fantastic and beautiful Millennium Centre and straight to the bus stops right up ahead of you and hop on a number 6, right back to where you started outside the castle in Cardiff City Centre for a £2 single fare. Excellent!! We will definitely do this one again if we are in Cardiff on a sun drenched afternoon. Not a bad at all for an accidental discovery with no advance planning. Very Highly Recommended.


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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Was lovely to see the city from a different perspective whilst learning some new stuff about the capital city. Plenty of wildlife to watch whilst travelling from Bute park to the bay (and back). £10 for a family of five (each way) was very reasonable I thought. Much better than walking that distance in the heat and much more interesting than taking a taxi! Had a lovely stroll and ice cream in the bay for a while and took the boat back. Pleasant experience with the family!

Thank louiserog1
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Took this across the bay from Mermaid Quay and walked back. Fun to take a boat ride, they even had some commentary but it was difficult to hear unless you were sitting directly in front of the speaker.

Thank Louise E
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Had a nice trip on the water with pleasant staff, but muffled commentary on the return trip and as usual, nobody listens to the safety announcement

Thank Derbyshireflyboy
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