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Cardiff Sailing Centre is located at the northern end of Cardiff Bay Barrage, and can be accessed by driving, cycling or walking.

Driving Directions

From the M4, take junction 33 and follow the A4232 to Cardiff Bay. Exit at the junction signposted A4055 – Barry/Penarth, and on the roundabout, take the third exit following the signs for Barry/Penarth.

After crossing the River Ely, follow the signs for Penarth Marina by turning left at the traffic lights and taking the first exit at the first roundabout. At the second and third roundabouts, take the second exits, following the signs for the Barrage.

After Penarth Marina (please be aware of traffic calming measures), take the first exit off the roundabout and then immediately turn left before you enter the Barrage car park.

You will arrive at an automatic barrier. Press the call button to contact Barrage Control – inform them that you’re coming to the Sailing Centre and which course you’re attending. Once verified, the barrier will rise.

Providing no lock bridges are raised, drive straight over the locks / sluices and along the Barrage road until you reach the parking area, just before the skate park. Cardiff Sailing Centre is the large silver building nearby.

While driving on the Barrage site, the following rules MUST be followed:

  • Speed limit of 5mph over locks and sluice gates, and after the playground near the skate park
  • Speed limit of 20mph along the Barrage road
  • Hazard lights must be ON at all times
  • No vehicles on locks if ANY bridge lights are showing (even if the barriers aren’t down)

Failure to follow these rules or instructions from Cardiff Harbour Authority staff will result in you and your vehicle being refused access in future.

Be aware that the Barrage can be very busy with pedestrians and cyclists. Please be extremely careful and patient when driving, give others plenty of room and don’t force your way through crowds.

Free parking is available on the Barrage, between the playground and skate park, just before you get to the centre.

Our postcode for sat nav users is CF64 1TP.

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Walking & Cycling

Pedestrian and cycle access is available from Penarth via the Barrage, or from Cardiff Bay via the Bay Edge Walkway (near the Norwegian Church at Porth Teigr).


The nearest train station is Cardiff Bay, which is a 15 minute walk via the Bay Edge Walkway.