Cardiff Bay, located at Butetown in Cardiff, offers a selection of bars and restaurants as well as other attractions to visit.
Cardiff Bay was once part of Cardiff Docks which was the world's largest coal exporting port and is now Europe's largest waterfront development - not far away you will also find the new Doctor Who studios!
With the introduction of its barrage, Cardiff Bay has been turned into a freshwater lake and also offers some water-based activities, including bay tours.
Captain Ben drove the Cardiff Bay Water Buses for many years and, in April 2011, bought his own boat, called it "Daffodil" and started independent tours of the Bay. If you want the breeze in your hair, the smell of the salt water and an intelligent witty commentary then this is the boat tour for you. being an open sided boat it is great for taking photographs. He is the only gentle open boat tour on the Bay and is also popular with local TV journalists, weddings ...and funerals!
Even though I've known the area since I was a teenager I learnt many new things on the tour. You get a description ofthe buildings, the history, the celebrities - we even found out where BBC character Dr Who lives when they are filming the TV series!
Blankets are provided when the weather is cool. It is a small boat, so when the weather is very rough the tour may be shortened (and the price reduced).
Normal charge is £5 for adults.
No, not really... The Goleulong is a 'light ship' that is moored in Tiger Bay and it is used as a café for the public. I suppose I should have put it under restaurants really?
They sell very cheap cups of coffee, tea, cakes and biscuits etc. You sit inside and drink it and watch the world going by outside; it's very cosy and we enjoyed our little tea-break on here with Patty. It is a very pleasant experience and you don't get asked to wash up in the galley and threatened with the plank. To be honest, if I knew I was coming to something like this, I would have worm my pirates coat and an eye-patch aargh! Oh, and you don't get asked to see your passport and there's no duty free!
The café proceeds go to charity; however, not a charity for sea-faring folk, it is for the church of all things; I guess they should have done it like Noah's ark really, eh.
The Millennium Centre is Cardiff's arts centre and opera house, but it is an iconic building in its own right. It was designed to be 'unmistakeably Welsh' and was a major part of the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay. It really is a fascinating building, and if you don't go to an event, it is worth taking a guided tour just to see the auditorium.
The Centre has also appeared in a number of episodes of 'Doctor Who' - appearing as itself in the background of 'Boom Town', as well as being used for filming the New New York Hospital in 'New Earth', and the quarantine facility in 'The Girl Who Waited'.
In the past the Dockland's at Cardiff Bay have been a major roll in the developing of the city Cardiff. As it was growing and growing in those days, people settled in neighbourhoods close to the docks which is known as Tiger Bay.
After the second world war the coal industry declined and the docklands fell into disuse, but in 1999 new life was given to the area with the construction of the Cardiff Bay Barrage, which transformed an area of tidal mudflats into a 200 hectare freshwater lake and sparked the development of the surrounding area.
Cardiff Bay is just a mile from the city centre. It is now a popular part of Cardiff. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops in Mermaid Quay, cruise or sail on Cardiff Bay, or explore attraction such as the impressive Wales Millennium Centre, Norwegian Church, Red Dragon Centre or Techniquest - an interactive science discovery centre.
Visitors to Cardiff Bay can now walk to the barrage and across to Penarth Head, with the opening of the Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path from the Inner Harbour to the barrage. The new route provides a safe pedestrian and cycle route with direct access to and from the Inner Harbour, linking with the existing footway, cycle way and transport network through to the city and beyond.
Cardiff bay has developed over the years, and it's just growing and growing.
What was once the old docklands has been transformed into a whole new world.
Not only does it have cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlors and a few shops,it also has the Nation Assembly for Wales, of which you can visit and view as the assembly debate their issues. There are boat rides around the bay and trips to the Cardiff Bay barrier.
The Opera house also hosts the Cardiff information centre, well worth a visit.
Cardiff Bay bills itself as Europe’s largest waterfront development and if you go you will find it hard to argue with this claim. It is a very large and lovely area with a large Basin behind the barrage which was built to minimize the effects of the tides. In addition to having the Welsh National Assembly building there is also the Millennium Center which is the venue for a great many operas, movies and shows and there are literally dozens of entertainments for adults and kids as well as tons of shops and restaurants.
Cardiff was a great coal shipping port (the largest in the world at one point) but after WWII this industry had declined and the harbor was pretty much abandoned to derelection. In spite of some controversies, like the destruction of some wading bird habitats, and with the addition of some new fresh water fowl habitats, the redevelopment appears to be highly successful. Housing construction in the area may suffer from the current economic situation but it remains to be seen what effect, if any, this will have on the Bay Complex
We were going to go and see Brecon Beacons, but it was lashing down with rain most of the morning and extremely windy, so dear Patty decided to take us to see Tiger Bay instead... Yes, I know it is now called Cardiff bay, but I think Tiger Bay sounds more historical and prettier.
The car park is only a very short walk from the bay, so we had a good old mosey around, as there is a lot of different things to see here. It is mostly modern architecture surrounding the bay, but it sort of spoils the old fashioned and pretty buildings that are still here. On the first photo, over the bay, is one of Cardiff's most expensive hotels... I don't think we'll ever be staying there though.
Update: This exhibition closed in March 2011. It will be replaced in 2012 with a new, bigger exhibition, 'The Doctor Who Experience' on another site.
This exhibition displays props and costumes used in the filming of the new Doctor Who TV series, which is made in Cardiff. Clips from the programme are used to show the items as they actually appeared on screen. There are also some exhibits from the old series.
It's a chance to come face to face with a Dalek.
I went in February 2006, when admission was free. There is now an admission charge of £4 per head, (£3 for children) but extra exhibits from the second series have been added, including Cybermen.
Mermaid Quay is a dining, recreation and entertainment area at Cardiff Bay. There are over 20 restaurants, bars and cafes fronting the bay where one can relax and chill out on a summer's evening. It is within walking distance to the Millenium Center.
Cardiff Bay , once a rough are as were so many ports, is now a pedestrian friendly area of shops, restaurants and interesting buildings- The Norwegian Church, The Tube or information centre, Techniquest,and the Administration buildings.
I particularly like the statue at Maiden Quay showing an African woman and a young man, and a dog. It reminds one that this port once was the departure point for people seeking a new life, or a transit port for slaves on their way to the Carribean or America.
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).
The waterfront of Cardiff is found about 2 km from the city centre. We walked there along the river Taff, which took about 40 minutes. But of course you also can take the bus, and there are also boats that tour between the centre and the bay (www.cardiffwaterbus.com, www.cardiffboat.com).
At Cardiff Bay, you find several sights like the Techniquest, a science museum with hands-on exhibitions. Then there’s the Pierhead, a red brick building from 1897 that immediately catches your eyes. It used to be the headquarter of the dock company and now you here find an exhibition about the history of the building and Wales (free entry). Also, there’s the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, in a building that used to be a church for Norwegian sailors. And there’s much more, you can spent quite a lot of time there! And of course there are also lots of restaurants and bars, as well as shops.
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!
Cardiff Bay, formally Tiger Bay is the former docks area that has been transformed into Europe's largest waterfront development with a freshwater lake, a barrage that separates the lake from the sea and plethora of bars and restaurants around the quay. The area was Wale’s oldest multi-ethnic community with a community that consisted from over 50 countries settling and mixing. The original Bay was also notorious and included a red-light district and gambling dens as well as producing singer Dame Shirley Bassey.