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Wales Millennium Centre
The Millennium Centre houses a theatre, opera and a ballet and is the major landmark of the Cardiff Bay area. The volume of its metal envelope stands out from all other buildings in the area and greets you with some poetry verses as you enter the Roald Dahl Plass.
The building was designed by Jonathan Adams and opened in 2004. Its materials - wood inside, stainless steel and multi-colored Welsh slate outside are representing the landscapes and industrial heritage of Wales. Above the entrance, the impressive front facade has the inscriptions that say "In These Stones Horizons Sing" (in English) and "Creating Truth Like Glass from the Furnace of Inspiration" (in Welsh).
If you take a look at most other people's pages about Cardiff here on VT you will see that this building definitely became one of the most important symbols of Cardiff - with a reason, I would say.
The Cardiff Bay area
While the Atlantic Wharf can be seen as only interesting to those who are interested in architecture and urban planning, the Cardiff Bay area is definitely a place that noone visiting Cardiff should miss. New commercial, cultural and entertainment facilities all make a very dynamic mix in the former harbor area of Cardiff. Thanks to the construction of a barrage across the entrance to the bay the water is clean and its quality constantly improved by a different set of technical measures.
Along the new flashy architecture of the Millennium Centre and the Assembly building there is also a number of small shops, cafes and restaurants at the Mermaid Quay that make this area very interesting to visit. The area is served by new "Bay Bus" services, but it won't take more than 20 minutes to walk down there from the main railway station.
The Cardiff Bay area used to be a neglected slum, covered with smelly mudflats. Then, a tidal barrage was built, taking advantage of some of the highest tidal ranges in the world (up to 14 12 metres), and the mudflats were turned into a freshwater lake.
Over the last few years, the bay area has been redeveloped into a stunning commercial area, with a lovely water side development filled with restaurants, cafes and shops. It is a really nice place to take a walk or enjoy a leisurely meal.
Each Sunday, during the warmer months, there are street entertainers and shows around the bay. We visited on the August Bank Holiday weekend, and there was a small festival.
From the bay wharfs you can take a boat ride around the harbour and down the coast a bit, or just out to have a close up look at the tidal barrage.
- Family Travel
SPEND A DAY AT THE BAY
A mayor part of the re-vamp can be found at the Cardiff bay area.
You'll find a diverse mix of highly acclaimed visitor attractions, activities and entertainment, blended with vibrant, cosmopolitan bars, shops and restaurants, there’s something for everyone and all situated around the magnificent freshwater lake, giving Cardiff's waterfront a truly unique atmosphere worthy of any capital city.
I recommend you spend around half a day here to experience its fullest.
Take a stroll along the water front and see the assembly at the pier head. It’s a free interactive exhibition with information on who's who, what's happening and how the National Assembly for Wales works
Following along from there is the Light ship 2000; this is a cross between ship and a light house and is certainly worth a quick viewing.
If you’re travelling with young inquisitive minds, then Techniquest is place to go.
Also located in Cardiff bay its ideal for any child interested in science with its 150 plus exhibits that are in the main hands on.
Open every day, except for a short Christmas break.
Mon - Fri: 9.30 - 4.30
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 10.30 - 5.00
Local school holiday weekdays: 9.30 - 5.00
Last admission: 45 minutes before closing
Allow at least a couple of hours for your visit.
For more info please visit there web site
This building is truly superb in architectural design and houses the theatre for all sorts of shows and concerts; it seems to follow in the foot steps of Singapore’s and Sydney’s opera houses.
When you see Wales Millennium Centre you will be astounded by its beauty and with the scripture above the entrance you are left with no doubt your in Wales and building is truly Welsh. The brief to the architects, Percy Thomas, was that it had to be “unmistakably Welsh and internationally outstanding”.
You can take a tour of the interior which is lasts around an hour. The cost is £5.00 per adult and consessions are £4.00.
Walk around Cardiff BAy
Once known as Tiger Bay, today Cardiff Place is a pleasant pedestrian friendly area. There are trips to be had [lasting 40 minutes] around the bay; there are cafes and restaurants, unusual architecture, old buildings and pleasant views of the bay and across to Penarth.
It is a pleasant place to spend a couple of hours, sit and have a meal or laze on the grass or benches.
- Arts and Culture
- Sailing and Boating
Cosmo Cardiff Bay
Take a trip to Cardiff Bay!
This area is infant in its year but very cosmopolitan with a down to earth flavour. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants for you to sample different cuisines.
You can also take the Bay tour boat which stops off at Penarth Marina and The Milennuim Stadium, or just stay on for a round trip! this is great fun and gives you a good view of the surrounding area.
Check out the Norweigan Church and the Oval Basin!
- Historical Travel
The Old waterside of the docks area of Cardiff has undergone a dramatic change in recent years. Today this are is packed with smart cafe's, bars, shops, resturaunts and a host of activities for the visitor.
- Family Travel
Head down to cardiff Bay if you've an hour or two, or even half a day.
It has been facisnating to see the transformation of the area over the last few years. Each time we go down there is more stuff opened up and its becoming quite a vibrant area to hang out, eat, visit.
As well as plent of places to visit - Techniquest, Visitor Centre, Norwegion Church etc, there are also plenty of places to eat.
They have built a couple of new piers which house specialist ice cream parlour and restaurant.
[For more photos see my Cardiff Bay Travelogue].
Walk along the waterfront
Cardiff Bay is the name now used for the dock area that was known as Tiger Bay.
This brick and terracotta building facing the bay was opened in 1897 as the headquarters of the Cardiff Railway Company (formerly the Bute Docks Company).
See a show
The Wales Millenium centre hosts many shows like Opera.Ballet, even comedy so if on holiday why not see a show here in Cardiff
Cardiff Bay statue.
A wonderful bronze of an immigrant couple symbolising the arrival of many to Tiger Bay- hoping to build a better future on UK shores.
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- Budget Travel
In the Bay area theres an exhibition dedicated to Dr.Who,and his associates...The Daleks,Cybermen and of course his old companion Rose Tyler.
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