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Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff

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Roald Dahl Plass is a public space in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales. It is named after Cardiff-born author Roald Dahl, and is located on the coast along the south of the city centre. The square is home to the Senedd (Welsh Assembly Building) and the Wales Millennium Centre, a performing arts centre. The bowl-like shape of the space has made it a popular amphitheatre for hosting open-air concerts.
Formerly named the Oval Basin and known as the Bowl, the area was one of the docks for a thriving coal port during the latter half the 19th century and much of the 20th century. Following World War II, the space entered a period of decay and dereliction until the 1980s, when the Cardiff Bay area was regenerated.
The name is a nod to the writer's roots (both of Dahl's parents were from Norway) and to the Norwegian seafarers' church which stands nearby. "Plass" is the Norwegian cognate of the English word "place;" in this context the word means square in Norwegian, although the word can also mean "space" or "place." However, in Norwegian the name of a square named after a person would correctly be written in the genitive case, in this case as "Roald Dahls plass" (literally, "Roald Dahl's square"). The word "plass" is not capitalized in modern (post-1907) Norwegian.
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  • If you want to cross off Doctor Who Film Locations, here is a place to do it. Not only is it a film location to see, there is so much beauty and history in the area.  more »
  • Walking around the Bay is a pleasant experience. It is clean and there is lots to see and do. Be prepared to walk or take a Dotto train to reach the barrage and play area at the end. There was a fun....  more »
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  • The place is quite buzzing with trendy crowd. Ideal place if you want to grind time, with bay just around the corner. There are lot of dining options with varied cuisines. IMax is in there. Provides awesome learning and engagement program. Good for young kids.
  • Great to visit when there is an event on. It's very scenic and I love the ice-cream on the harbour. A lot of building work going on but I see that as a good thing, in the sense of investment going in.

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