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The Lightship

Cardiff Category Museums & Galleries
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The lightship Helwick LV14 was built and commissioned by Trinity House in 1953. It was brought to Cardiff Bay in 1993 and restored to create a floating Christian Centre.

The vessel is now a major attraction providing a refreshment area and a venue for exhibitions and meetings.

Take a tour of the vessel – visit the light tower, the engine room and the cabins.

The Lightship provides a bold central focus for the Churches of Wales in Cardiff Bay.

It is home to a centre for counseling, worship, exhibitions and meetings and is the base for the Cardiff Bay Chaplaincy.



The Chapel - formerly the forward hold, the Chapel is reflective of our ecumenical partnership and is open daily for prayer and meditation.

The Conference Room - was the anchor chain locker. It is also, now, an exhibition area.

The Engine Room - descend the steep stairway to visit the refurbished engine room, with its original generators and electrical boards.

The Wheel House - the ship's wheel and pedestal, bridge/engine room telegraph and pelorus are on loan from Cardiff Sea Cadets.
The Tower Room - the base of the tower is being converted to a small museum as funds become available.
The Tower - climb the steps into the Light Tower and view the reflectors that would have sent the Light some 25 miles.There is a small charge by way of donation to go up the tower.

The Heli Deck - here the helicopter would have exchanged crew members and brought supplies. The circle marks the spot!

The Mess Room - where crew members would have had their meals. The fiddles on the tables, when raised, prevent crockery from falling off.

The Cabins - originally there would have been two bunks per cabin. The Master's cabin is now the Chaplain's office.

The Galley & Lounge - crew members are delighted to serve you from our excellent range of light refereshments and drinks - at very competitive prices.

Shop - selling Lightship souvenirs, cards and Toys.


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