Trains to Cardiff Bay

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Cardiff Bay is located at the South of Cardiff. It also represents one of the biggest regeneration projects and biggest engineering projects in Europe conducted in the 1990s. It is a water area that lies across the mouth of Cardiff Bay, between Queen Alexandra Dock and Penarth Head.

Cardiff Bay is alimented by river Taff and river Ely that form a 500-acre (2.0 km2) of freshwater lake around the former dockland area south of the city centre. Cardiff Bay was determinant for the development of the city for exporting coal worldwide. The coal mining industry contributed to funding the building and development of Cardiff that throughout the years has become the capital city of Wales. As Cardiff exports grew, so did its population with dockworkers and sailors from across the world settling down in the city, creating a unique multicultural population in the area. After the Second World War most of the industries closed-down and since then they have become derelict. In 1999 the building of the controversial Cardiff Bay Barrage has brought to the area new life.

Cardiff Bay is served by the homonymous station that is the south terminus of the Butetown Branch Line, located 1-mile (1.5 km) south of Cardiff Queen Street. The train station only has one platform in use. Visitors travelling by train are advised to purchase train tickets to Cardiff Bay in advance to benefit from early booking discounts. Advance train tickets can be collected prior departure from the one of the vending ticket machines available at the station. To collect train tickets travellers are required to bring the booking number and the credit or debit card used to process the booking. Passengers arriving at this station will find the Grade II listed building closed and in disuse. The station is therefore unstaffed.  Self-service ticket machines, a seating area, ramps and step free access are available to travellers. Travellers can benefit from a bicycle stand available outside the train station and a bus stop on Bute Street. CCTV surveillance service operates at this station.

The station is a short walking distance to the Senedd, the Welsh National Assembly building and the Millennium Centre, an arts centre located in the Cardiff Bay area that hosts opera, ballet, dance, theatre, comedy and musicals. Mermaid Quay Waterfront Shopping Centre is also situated nearby. The Butetown History and Arts Centre is just south of the station, exhibiting the history of the docks and the area around them.

Cardiff Bay railway station opened in 1840 to link Butetown the former Cardiff Docks to the city centre, the service was operated by the first steam-powered passenger train service in Wales. Today trains are operated by Arriva Trains Wales and run along the Butetown Branch Line, a shuttle service that runs every twelve minutes from and to Cardiff Queen Street. This service operates on weekdays from 06:30am to 11:30pm, while on Sundays it runs between 11:00am to 4:30pm.

Cardiff Bay attractions include impressive fortresses such as Cardiff Castle, a Gothic Castle characterized by a colourful and extravagant interior built on the remains of Norman and Roman ruins. Caerphilly Castle, a 13th century fortress with an imposing gatehouse, fortified dam and a tower famous for being bombed by Cromwell. Visitors travelling to Castell Coch will find a stately 1800s castle built in the gothic-revival style surrounded by a woodland. Nature lovers should walk to Bute Park, 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland that once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Bute park is situated in the city centre. Cardiff offers St Fagans National Museum featuring open-air buildings where visitors can grasp the former Welsh life. While the National Museum of Cardiff offers archaeological artefacts, art and natural history. Pierhead Building is one of the city’s landmarks made of red-bricks featuring exhibits on Cardiff’s history and culture. The venue frequently hosts events. Organise a family day out, book group tickets to Cardiff Bay and come and enjoy the notable hub with marina, bars, shops and restaurants as well as the historic buildings. There are activities to entertain all the family members.