The Flourish
Lloyd George Avenue
Cardiff CF10 4QH
There is no other craft gallery in Wales like Craft in the Bay. It is the headquarters of the Makers Guild in Wales and located in Cardiff Bay on the “Flourish” at the south end of Lloyd George Avenue.
The Gallery consists of a refurbished ‘D’ Shed maritime warehouse together with a modern extension. The gallery is opposite the Wales Millennium Centre and close to the iconic Welsh Assembly Senedd building.
The extension was designed as a contrasting element, and accommodates demonstration studios, a conference space, offices and a café with a dramatic pointed roof projecting over an outside seating space.
Apart from its industrial history, the unique thing about this Gallery is the way it has been divided with glass walls so that you can watch the craftsmen at work in their demonstration studios and see their finished products in the exhibition and retail area.
As the Guild website says:
“Discover a showcase of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, metal work and bespoke furniture exclusively made in Wales by members of The Makers Guild in Wales - Made by individuals for individuals.”
Industrial History
In the mid 19th century Cardiff’s port was full of bustling docks and busy warehouses. The ‘D’ shed stood on the west side of Bute East Basin and was occupied by the Belfast – Greenock – Glasgow Steam Packet Line from 1889 until the dock was filled in during the 1960s.
The shed served as a transit maritime warehouse holding perishable goods – coffee, tea, sugar, flour and potatoes. It also had a rail line for transhipment of goods.
The building is Grade II listed because it is one of the last remaining cast-iron buildings from the 1880s left standing in Cardiff Bay. With the introduction of the steel rolling process, the use of cast iron as a building material slowly began to fall into decline after 1855.
The building has some interesting features. The structure is five 20 foot bays long and two 20 foot bays wide so the building frame had to be very strong. Of particular interest in the ‘D’ Shed are the wholly cast cruciform pillars and the manner in which the eaves beams have been constructed out of simple available sections riveted together. The unusual roof truss design includes a bent bottom member and cast iron stays.
The present building incorporates the structural metal elements of the ‘D’ shed with a contemporary extension. Historical references have been incorporated into the refurbished building. A “trade route trail” of bricks on the exterior at the base of the planer glazing on the north and east sides depicts the duty levied by Customs & Excise on goods moved through the warehouses of Cardiff Docks in 1882.
Unusual additions are a glazed soffit around the ‘D’ shed and a glazed corridor attached to its contemporary extension. On the west of the ‘D’ shed the architects have re-created the original sliding doors by using kiln dried oak panels sourced from a mid Wales forest as part of the external cladding. The roof is clad in a Welsh slate called heather, which was obtained from the Penryn Quarry in Bethesda, North Wales.
10:30 - 17:30 hours seven days a week.
Disabled Access
For permanent residents, Disabled Car Parking provisions in Cardiff Bay are available to view on the Cardiff Council website.
What’s On
Dates of Special Exhibitions and Guest Maker appearances can be found on the official website - link below.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)2920 484 611
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Getting There
There is no car parking on site so travelling by public transport whilst in Cardiff is a good option.
- By Rail
Arriva trains run regular services from Cardiff Queen Street station to the Cardiff Bay station which is a 1 minute walk away from the Craft Centre. Currently there are train connections to Cardiff Central Station from all over the UK.
- By Ferry
Cardiff Aquabus operates between Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay, Penarth (the Barrage) and Cardiff city centre.
- By Bus
Frequent "Baycar" services between Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay are operated by Cardiff Bus. The Craft Centre is located next to the 'The Flourish' stop.
- By Car
Motorists should follow the signs for Cardiff Bay.
From the West: Leave M4 at Junction 33, follow A4232 to Cardiff Bay.
From the East: Leave M4 at Junction 29; take 3rd Exit off A48; follow signs to Cardiff Bay.
Parking close to the Craft Centre is available at Red Dragon Centre, Q-Park Cardiff (Pierhead Street Car Park), or Mermaid Quay. For parking at weekends, Cardiff Council operates a ‘Park and Ride’ Scheme in County Hall, this can often be the cheapest option for parking in Cardiff Bay.

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