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WHY IS CARDIFF BAY WORTH VISITING?
Cardiff Bay is the coastal corner of Wales’ capital and only a short bus or train ride from the city centre; you can even walk between the two. Formerly a thriving tidal dockland, famous for exporting Welsh coal to the world, the area is now a vibrant waterfront surrounding the shore of a stunning freshwater lake. Today, Cardiff Bay is known as a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, synonymous with entertainment, relaxation and enjoyment.
THINGS TO SEE & DO?
There are so many amazing things to do on a day out in Cardiff Bay, it really is a great destination for visitors of all ages. Places to visit include some of the city’s most famous landmarks, you can learn all about science at Techniquest or take a trip out to historic Flat Holm island. Kick back and watch the latest blockbusters, see a show at Wales Millennium Centre or go ten pin bowling.
PLACES TO EAT & DRINK?
We all enjoy a little wining and dining from time to time and Cardiff Bay has some of the best places to eat and drink in the city. With its beautiful waterfront backdrop, Mermaid Quay boasts a variety of restaurants and bars to suit many different tastes and occasions. Nearby, The Red Dragon Centre also offers a fine choice of food outlets and a pub alongside its quality indoor entertainment. When something more casual is called for, you’ll find no shortage of cafes or coffee houses and there’s even a Portuguese bakery!
WHERE TO STAY?
If you’re wondering where to stay in the Cardiff Bay area, there are some really great hotels to choose from. Luxury lovers will be tempted by the voco St. David’s, a five star spa hotel with stunning views across the water. Time will fly at The Coal Exchange Hotel, a Grade II Listed Building that has been transformed on a truly grand scale. Both the Holiday Inn Express and Future Inn offer more affordable options that are perfectly placed to make the most of your stay. If you’re looking to explore both the Bay and city centre, then why not book in at either the Ibis or the Novotel and get the best of both worlds.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS VILLAGE
Bordering Cardiff Bay's freshwater lake, the Sports Village boasts two Olympic standard sporting facilities, Cardiff International White Water and Cardiff International Pool; as well as the Viola Arena, both a public skating rink and home of the Cardiff Devils.
HOW TO GET TO CARDIFF BAY
Walk: Cardiff Bay is a half an hour walk from Cardiff City Centre.
Bike: Ride your Nextbike to the Bay, then dock it up on Bute Place, next to Wales Millennium Centre (8350).
Train: This area is served by Cardiff Bay railway station.
Bus: Catch Baycar 6 in the City Centre and alight at Wales Millennium Centre, at the heart of Cardiff Bay and next to Mermaid Quay.
Car: Easily accessible by car using the M4 and A4232, there are many car parks in Cardiff Bay.
Map It Out: Whether you’re looking to be entertained or educated, seeking nature or nourishment, visualise your visit to Cardiff Bay.
CARDIFF BAY BARRAGE
Perfect for a relaxing stroll or bike ride, the Barrage embankment is situated in a stunning maritime setting and offers spectacular views over Cardiff Bay and the Severn Estuary.
STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING
An increasingly popular activity that has been taking the UK by storm, Cardiff has built up as a reputation as a home for this water sport, which is a combination of surfing and canoeing or kayaking.