The Welsh capital is probably the most under-rated tourist destination in the UK. Cardiff is absolutely packed with historic sights, interesting attractions, and fun activities. Whilst it is easy to get around the city on foot or by public transport, a boat trip on the waterways of Cardiff and Penarth is a charming alternative. Cardiff Bay boat trips mean that if you are limited to a day’s visit at the weekend or during the school holidays, you can still see much of Cardiff from the water.
A boat trip on a fine day is an excellent family day trip. Kids love boats, so there’s no whingeing about walking from one attraction to another and kids under 3 go free. Subject to tides and weather conditions, Cardiff Bay boat trips take you out to sea from the historic Graving Dock in Cardiff Bay, heading through Cardiff Barrage, past Penarth Pier and into the Bristol Channel towards Flatholm Island and back again, for a 90 minute ride on a purpose-built tourist vessel that has toilet and refreshments facilities.
From the boat, you’ll enjoy the views across the ocean to Steepholm Island and Flatholm Island, whilst the onboard commentary will point out all the important landmarks of the impressive Cardiff skyline. Look out for the Doctor Who Exhibition, spot the Norwegian Church, and the BBC Wales building, and the guide will point out the Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey stadium too.
Disembark back at Mermaid Quay and head into the city centre for a meal, some shopping or a visit to one of the excellent museums and galleries.