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Built in 1897, the Pierhead is a Grade 1 listed building of the National Assembly for Wales and is adjacent to the Senedd and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. It stands as one of the city of Cardiff's most familiar landmarks.

On March 1, 2010, the Pierhead was re-launched as a space where people can come to express opinions and give voice to issues that matter to them as individuals, as communities or as organisations.

It also functions as an events and visitor venue that complements the work of the Assembly, containing displays and interactive exhibitions that tell the story of this iconic building.

As a backdrop to innumerable news bulletins, it is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Wales. Following extensive refurbishment, it now offers visitors an opportunity to learn about its varied history, including how it has stood witness to incredible changes in Cardiff Bay, as it moved from the country’s industrial hub to the seat of democracy in Wales.

Getting there

Bus

The Baycar bendy bus leaves from Cardiff Queen Street Station, Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, St. Mary Street or Cardiff Central Rail Station every 10 minutes and stops at both Pierhead Street and outside the Wales Millennium Centre adjacent to the'Pierhead. For more information please visit the Baycar website.

Train

Services run every 20 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station to Cardiff Bay Station. The station is a few minutes walk from the Pierhead building (and the Senedd).

Road

Leave the M4 at junction 33, follow the A4232 to Cardiff Bay and follow signposts to National Assembly for Wales, CF99 1NA. The Pierhead is a short walk from the Senedd.

Car Parking

The nearest pay and display car park is at Mermaid Quay, a short walk from the Pierhead building. The car park is permanently staffed by security guards. Voucher parking is available outside the Norwegian Church.

Coach Parking

A map detailing coach dropping-off points is available on request from' the Assembly Booking Line, by calling 0845 010 5500

Bike/foot

The Taff Trail, which runs from Brecon along the River Taff through Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Bay, ends at the Oval Basin outside the'Pierhead. There is also a cycle and footpath, which runs along the A4232 from the Cardiff Bay Retail Park.

Taxi

A number of firms provide taxi services from Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Bay. Taxi ranks are situated outside Cardiff Central railway station, near St David's Hall and at the bottom of Park Place.