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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.
- Sailing and Boating
- Arts and Culture
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.
- Hiking and Walking
- Castles and Palaces
- 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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