If you’ve been to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, you’ll know that parking can be a bit of an issue – but hopefully, not for much longer.
A planning application is going through to add 56 more parking spaces to land near to ‘Tardis Walk’, just a minute or so walk from the massive tourist attraction. The pay-and-display car park is set to be there for at least five years, and will serve the Experience and The World of Boats as part of improvements to the Port Teigr area.
Whilst there are two multi-storey car parks in Cardiff Bay, they’re not ideal for tourists visiting the attraction which opened last year. Cardiff Bay train station is quite a walk away – and Cardiff Central is even further!
A BBC spokesperson told Wales Online:
“An improvement in parking in Cardiff Bay will support increased visitor numbers but there is no suggestion that visitor numbers at the Doctor Who Experience are falling. We do receive comments from potential visitors and visitors post-event about the lack of parking in the Bay and we welcome the move to improve the situation.”
The Experience has a home in Cardiff Bay until at least 2017, though it’s likely to stay there much longer as the site was specifically built for the interactive exhibition. In fact, a great ‘making of’ photo journal can be seen at their reception.
Philip Fleming, Head of Communications at BBC Worldwide, said:
“At times, it seemed like it simply wasn’t going to happen. In fact, the only reason it has happened is because we didn’t find a property: we created a brand-new facility. And that was only possible through the hard work and very close co-operation that took place between Cardiff Council; the Welsh Assembly government; property developers; and the BBC, of course.”
(You can read more from Philip, as well as Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, in the Kasterborous Magazine #01, available in our Store.)
The Port Teigr area has developed well, going from essentially a desolate wasteland to a place that draws thousands of visitors a year.
Oh, and the BBC Wales studios are just by the Experience! Yes, where the actual TARDIS is!