The LightshipCardiff Category Museums & Galleries
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.
WHAT TO SEE
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.