Cardiff Bay

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  • Address: Cardiff Bay, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +440-2920877927
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Food And Drinks, Entertainment

Cardiff Bay - Review

A smorgasbord of experiences for your senses awaits you at the exciting Cardiff Bay! Let delicious food tantalize you, water expeditions bring out your inner adventurer, explore the different buildings dedicated to science, entertainment, nature and art and a cycle down the barrage that separates the lake from the sea. Whether you’re sporty, artsy, like science or science fiction, or just want a fun day outside, the Bay is the place to visit.

This Bay, once called ‘Tiger Bay’, was home to sailors and workers from over 50 different countries, with residents of Somalian, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Caribbean, Irish and Greek heritage. It was once used to export coal and was thus a key player in powering the Industrial Age but started fading away post the Second World War. It was the 1990’s that saw the Bay transform into the incredible entertainment hotspot that it is today. Restaurants and pubs share space alongside numerous famous and important buildings. Outdoors or indoors, there are numerous activities to choose from alongside casual sight-seeing.

  • Want some fun in the sun, with the wind in your sails? Then hop onto a ferry and sail across to the Penarth to begin sight-seeing. Boats coming in from the Bristol Channel and mooring near the barrage will greet you, as will the sunny skies and refreshing winds if it’s a good day. If you want to take command of your own vessel, the Boathouse Self-Drive Boat Hire will help you do just that but if you want a guided tour, visit Cardiff Boat Tours. For a mix of both, set sail as a part of the crew on ‘Challenge Wales’.
  • Another way of viewing all the sights on the Bay is by renting a bike from Pedal Power and pedaling powerfully down the Cardiff Bay Barrage.
  • If you’re hungry for a bite of Welsh history, then the Pierhead and the National Assembly for Wales will satisfy you. The former is a stunning public space, done up in green and terracotta, where visitors can witness the Bay’s change of landscape over the years. The National Assembly, or Y Senedd, offers a range of facilities for visitors which will enable you to learn more about the political machinery of the country.
  • Techniquest, the UK’s longest established science centre, will enthrall people of all ages and tickle the scientist in you. Whether you’re a fan or not, the famous Doctor Who Experience, which is a multi sensory exhibit, is sure to be a hit.
  • Art lovers, ahoy! The Wales Millenium Centre, Craft*folK, The Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Makers Guild are home to various exhibitions and galleries. You can also spend time appreciating the fine craftsmanship of the boatmen who built the vessels in World of Boats.
  • Nature lovers can treat themselves to a scenic view of Flat Holm Island on high speed RIB boats, courtesy Bay Island Voyages. You can also immerse yourself in the beautiful local flora and fauna of Wales in the stunning Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve.
  • There are numerous ways to entertain yourself, from pubs and shops to The Glee Club, which is like honey to bees who like musical concerts and comedy nights.

Cardiff Bay Information

  • Call the Visitor Centre for more info.
  • Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre is ideally situated to meet and greet visitors to the Bay, providing information, maps and leaflets to suit everyone's needs.
  • Accommodation bookings can be made at the centre and various tickets can also be purchased.
  • If you are visiting Cardiff Bay for a long or short stay, there is always a medical service nearby, from general medical services to eye care.
  • If you’re coming by car, from outside Cardiff it's easy to reach the Bay from the M4. Either leave at Junction 33 and follow the A4232 all the way to the Bay, or if you're coming from the east you can also leave at Junction 29, take the 3rd exit off the A48 and follow the signs to Cardiff Bay.  

Cardiff Bay Opening and Closing Hours

  • Visitor Centre opens at 10.00 am to 06.00 pm.
  • The Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre will be open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm, with extended opening times on performance nights.

How To reach Cardiff Bay by Public Transport

  • By bus: To get between Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay, just hop on the BayCar or 'Bendy Bus' (no.6).
  • By boat: The aquabus runs a regular time tabled service between Cardiff city centre and Mermaid Quay, including the Barrage.

Restaurants Near Cardiff Bay

  • La Cha Cha (Tapas, Seafood, Wine)
  • JRC Global Buffet (International, Japanese, Indian)
  • Zizzi (Italian)
  • Cote (Welsh, Breakfast)
  • Top Gun (Fish and Chips, Welsh, English)
  • Demiros (Spanish, Italian, Welsh)

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  • Cardiff Bay Address: Cardiff Bay, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Cardiff Bay Contact Number: +440-2920877927
  • Cardiff Bay Timing: 24-hrs
  • Cardiff Bay Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Cardiff Bay(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Cardiff Bay: 06:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Cardiff Bay

  • 95% of people who visit Cardiff include Cardiff Bay in their plan

  • 40.22% of people start their Cardiff Bay visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Cardiff Bay

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

89.08% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cardiff Bay

People normally club together St. Fagans - National History Museum and Wales Millennium Centre while planning their visit to Cardiff Bay.

People also prefer to end their day with Cardiff Bay.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • Great social space with lots of restaurants and bars / cafes. It's often very busy particularly at the weekend and when the weather is good but it's the kind of place that copes well with it. Make sure you explore the barrage as well as just the quayside area. The Wales Millennium Centre is also worth a walk through as there's often stuff on there.

  • Fantastic atmosphere. Lovely to walk around. Good for all ages

  • Cardiff Bay is a great place to spend the day . There are many different restaurants around the bay and loads of different attractions such as the Norwegian Church Pier Head building. They also host many events like the Cardiff Bay beach in mermaid quay and the Volvo ocean race that is currently there.

  • Great place for a day out and a night out. Always something going on, plenty of places to eat and drink. Always a really relaxed atmosphere.

  • Absolutely brilliant, newly laid walking, cycling track, great see view, open gym/exercise area, skate park, MTB area, decent crowd , event are often organised at this venue. Overall great place to go for walks , jogging. Will definitely recommend to tourist

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