Mermaid Quay

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Mermaid Quay
Mermaid Quay Cardiff Bay 001.jpg
Pizza Express at Mermaid Quay
LocationCardiff, Wales
Coordinates51°27′49″N 3°09′54″W / 51.46355°N 3.16504°W / 51.46355; -3.16504Coordinates: 51°27′49″N 3°09′54″W / 51.46355°N 3.16504°W / 51.46355; -3.16504
Opening dateAugust 1999
DeveloperSovereign Land and Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust
OwnerSchroder Exempt Property Unit Trust
Total retail floor area14,000 m2 (150,000 sq ft)
No. of floors2

Mermaid Quay (Welsh: Cei'r Fôr-forwyn) is a waterfront shopping and leisure district in the Cardiff Bay area of Cardiff, Wales. The 14,000 m2 (150,000 sq ft) development was opened in 1999, and includes restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.


Mermaid Quay was at the centre of the regeneration of the Bay by the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation (CBDC). Part of the British Government's Urban Development Programme to regenerate deprived and run-down inner city areas. The CBDC was set up in April 1987 to regenerate 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of derelict docklands of Cardiff and Penarth - once the world's largest coal exporting port – to create Europe's largest waterfront development.

The Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum, which held exhibits illustrating the industrial and maritime history of Wales,[1] was demolished to make way for the development. The collection was saved, but the majority remains in storage at Nant Garw[2] with only a limited few items on display at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.

Mermaid Quay in 2000

Before the completion of the Cardiff Bay Barrage in 1999, Cardiff Bay was tidal, with extensive expanses of mud flats exposed at low tide. Construction of the barrage, one of the largest engineering projects in Europe, has turned Cardiff Bay into a 500-acre (2.0 km2) freshwater lake with 8 miles (13 km) of waterfront.

Mermaid Quay was designed by architects Benoy and opened in August 1999.[3] Since that time there has been significant regeneration of the Bay including the construction of Lloyd George Avenue – a new link road between the city centre and the Bay – numerous iconic buildings, and residential and commercial developments.


Cardiff Bay and Mermaid Quay have provided the backdrop for numerous episodes of programmes, such as the BBC’s science fiction drama series Doctor Who and Torchwood, with the fictional entrances to the underground Torchwood 3 Institute located in Roald Dahl Plass.



The pedestrianised shopping streets of Mermaid Quay
Panorama of Mermaid Quay


  1. ^ "Maritime museum 'put on hold'". BBC. 2001-01-31. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Mermaid Quay". Benoy. Retrieved 2012-01-29.

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