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A huge T-Rex has arrived in Cardiff Bay

Credit: Matthew Horwood

The UK’s largest animatronic T-Rex will be on display into Mermaid Quay until Sunday 23 February 2020.

The T-Rex will be on display in Cardiff Bay, from 8 – 23 February 2020. (Photo by Matthew Horwood)

Dubbed Quay-Rex, the 18 metre long and 5 metre tall life-like dinosaur features a moving head, tail, eyes and arms as well as a terrifying roar.  It fills up most of Tacoma Square – in the heart of Mermaid Quay – and its head is as high as the terrace level.

Photo by Matthew Horwood


Mermaid Quay centre manager Simon Whiting said: “We’re really looking forward to playing host to the enormous Quay-Rex – it promises to be a huge draw, attracting visitors not just from the Cardiff area, but way beyond, as well as possibly scaring and surprising a few passers-by.  Don’t forget your phones and cameras, you won’t want to miss this!

“Following a series of really successful LEGO brick installations in Tacoma Square, we wanted to do something different this half term and Quay-Rex definitely fits the bill!   But LEGO brick lovers shouldn’t despair, we’re planning another great installation at Mermaid Quay later in the year.”

Photo by Matthew Horwood

In addition to Quay-Rex there will be an dinosaur ride for kids; T-Rex merchandise on sale and other fun dino-themed competitions and activities.

With all the restaurants, cafés and bars at Mermaid Quay to enjoy plus Techniquest and the Wales Millennium Centre nearby – it all adds up to a dino-mite day out.

Quay-Rex will be free to view.

Don’t miss…

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[accordion title=”T-Rex Ride” load=”show”]The T-Rex Ride is suitable for children aged up to approx 14 (weighing no more than 70kg). £3 per go.   Purchase your ticket from The Dino Store.
Open Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 February and then Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February, 10am –5pm.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”The Dino Store” load=”hide”]Pick up your dino merchandise from our pop-up Dino Store – in Tacoma Square, right next to Quay-Rex.  From 3D magnets, notebooks and pens to beanie hats and other goodies, plus water bottles, dinosaur eggs and explorer kits.
Open Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 February and then Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February, 10am –5pm.[/accordion]

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Plus, there’s fun things to do for FREE:

  • SELFIE COMPETITION – Simply snap a photo of you and/or your loved ones or mates with Quay-Rex and share it on one of our social media channels @MermaidQuay and #SelfieRex to be in with a chance of winning £30 to spend at Cosy Club Mermaid Quay.  8 – 23 February.  Details and Terms & Conditions at www.mermaidquay.co.uk
  • TREASURE HUNT – pick up your treasure hunt map from the The Dino Store and hunt for the dinos on the loose around Mermaid Quay to be in with the chance of winning FREE ice cream for a year from Cadwaladers Mermaid Quay.  10am – 5pm, 15 – 23 February.  More details on the website shortly
  • COLOURING COMPETITION – to enter, just print off entry form from the Mermaid Quay website, colour it in and add your details, and bring it to Mermaid Quay and pop it into the special post box in The Dino Store (10am – 5pm, 15 – 23 February) to be in with the chance of winning a Children’s Pizza Making Party for up to 8 at PizzaExpress Mermaid Quay.  More details on the website shortly.


Quay-Rex is free to view and is visible 24/7.