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Trip 1

20 minutes. Come for a classic slow boat trip around the beautiful inner harbour of Cardiff Bay, taking in all points of interest including the Dr.Who exhibition, the Barrage and the Wetlands before returning to base at Mermaid Quay. Trips start at 10a.m.

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Trip 2

Alternatively, we offer a longer trip through the Bay up either the beautiful river Ely or the famous Taff river. Please note that these trips need to be booked in advance. These trips can operate at any time of the day.

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Trip 3

We also offer sea lock experiences, venturing past the barrage and out into the Bristol Channel. These trips need to be booked in advance. These trips can operate at any time of the day.

Latest Information


Prices remain the same 2017
Trip 1 Lasts about 20 minutes - £3 per person. Under two's go free.
Trip 2. Relaxing River trip, bring your own refreshments - lasts about 60 mins -upto 9 passengers £75*
Trip 3 Please contact us for details.
The Lady Helen can be chartered for 30-60-90 minutes.
Prices start at £40 for 30 minutes.
Pay on board the boat.
All trips subject to weather. Cardiff Baytrippers reserve the right to cancel any trip.
The skipper will give a full safety briefing before every trip.
Please contact us for details. Bring the kids down for a trip around the bay…they will love it…and they can ring the famous ships bell.
* £10 extra after 5pm.

The Lady Helen

The Lady Helen was built in 2004 by the famous Tamar Boat Builders on the River Tamar in Cornwall.

She fished out of Penzance for many years.
Now she has been cleaned out, all the fishing gear removed, and brought up to date for carrying passengers, which included a rigorous codeing process by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to take passengers. This included putting in seating for 10 people, making the boat virtually unsinkable, a heel test, which involves all passengers moving to one side of the boat and the boat remaining at an acceptable angle of heel.

Feel the breeze on your face…she is the only fully open slow boat currently working on the bay.
She carries the latest up to date safety gear,which includes:

12 lifejackets
10 Thermal Protection Aids.
The latest satellite navigation equipment.
Life raft for 10 persons.
2 DSC radios.

The Lady Helen is MCA coded for 10 people to operate for up to 20 miles out to sea from a safe haven, so she is well suited to the calm waters of Cardiff Bay.

Take a trip on a classic Cornish Shark Fishing boat

How to book

Cardiff Baytrippers - the best slow boat tour of Cardiff Bay. If you want to experience the best that Cardiff Bay has to offer from the comfort of our boat tours, you're in the right place. Ideal for families and children.

To inquire about making a booking, times, prices, etc, please phone or email using the details at the bottom of this page. There is no need to book the 20 minute trip. Just turn up at Mermaid Quay. Also note that we operate all year round.

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Lady Helen

Come aboard the Lady Helen - a Cornish deep sea fishing boat built by the famous Tamar Boat Builders.

She was built for deep sea fishing and is believed she was used for shark fishing out of Penzance.

Now she has been brought fully up to date but she still retains her original character. The Lady Helen is licensed to carry up to 10 passengers. Feel the breeze on your face, she is currently the only slow, fully open motor vessel operating in Cardiff Bay.

The best slow boat tour of Cardiff Bay

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Why Cardiff Baytrippers?

  • Family business
  • 100% safety record
  • Best value Cardiff Bay tours
  • Many happy trippers from all over the world
  • Cardiff Bay is very safe
  • Fully equipped & licensed boat
  • Most relaxing tour of Cardiff Bay

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

  • How do we book?

    Just turn up at Mermaid Quay for the 20 minute trip. Our priority is the safety of our passengers, so we will not operate in wet and windy weather, otherwise we are there every day.

  • What is the minimum number of people needed before a trip can leave?

    Bay trip - 2 people
    River Trip - 6 people
    Lock experience - 6 people

  • Are the trips suitable for young children?

    Absolutely. The boat is very safe and they will love to ring the ship's bell and see the pirate face in the wheelhouse. The 20 minute trip is the perfect length before they start getting restless. The youngest baby we have had on board to date is 10 weeks old.

  • Will I get seasick?

    No, the Bay is nothing like the sea and the boat has got stabilisers to keep the trip smooth.

  • Will I get cold?

    If you do, we have plenty of warm, fluffy blankets on board.

  • Will I see wildlife?

    Obviously this cannot be guaranteed but Cardiff Bay has a huge variety of wildlife, with over 100 species of birds being recorded.
    Passengers have spotted foxes and mink and many Kingfishers, Herons, Grebes and numerous other species, particularly around the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve.

  • Will there be commentary onboard?

    Yes, the Captain can provide a full commentary of the sights, points of interest and history of Cardiff Bay

  • Do I need to wear a lifejacket?

    No, the trips are extremely safe, but they are available as part of our extensive safety equipment we carry onboard for our licence.

The friendliest boat trips around the beautiful safe Cardiff Bay

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How to find us

See the spectacular wildlife that lives on the riverbanks

07768 574 732

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