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Cardiff Bay in Cardiff South Wales

Just over 2 miles from Cardiff City Centre

 Cardiff Bay 

Waterbus Cardiff Bay with Pierhead building in background
© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Cardiff Bay has much to offer the visitor, ranging from good hotels, the world famous Wales Millennium Centre, a cinema, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, the iconic Senedd building and, of course, the fantastic interactive Doctor Who exhibition.

The area used to be known as Tiger Bay and was the old dockland area of Cardiff – it was once a thriving port for the export and import of goods. Indeed, it was the busiest ports in the world at one time. It was renovated during the 1990s and is now a vibrant multicultural centre.

You can take a boat trip from Mermaid Quay and learn about the area’s history or why not visit the Techniquest Science Discovery Centre (it’s ideal for all the family), Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, Craft in the Bay or the Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead.

Cardiff Bay is also home to the Cardiff International Sports Village, which is located on a peninsula. It offers some great activities, including Cardiff International White Water, Cardiff Ice Arena, Cardiff International Pool, the Cardiff Bay Water Activity and more. It is also the home of the Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey Team.

Cardiff BayRight Cardiff Bay
© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Getting there

By bus
Buses leaves Cardiff Queen Street Station, Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, St. Mary Street and Cardiff Central Rail Station every 10 minutes and stop outside the Wales Millennium Centre, adjacent to the Senedd. Routes 7 and 8 leave from Canal Street and Westgate Street every 15 minutes and stop on Pierhead Street, about 200 metres from the Senedd and the Pierhead building. Route 11 departs from St Mary's Street every 30 minutes to Mermaid Quay.

By train
Trains run every 20 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station to Cardiff Bay Station, which is a few minutes’ walk from the Senedd and the Pierhead building.

By car
Leave the M4 at junction 33, follow the A4232 to Cardiff Bay and follow signposts for the National Assembly for Wales (post code: CF99 1NA).
Car Parking
The nearest pay and display car park is at Mermaid Quay, a short walk from the Pierhead building. The car park is patrolled by security staff.

By bike or on foot
The Taff Trail (from Brecon, along the River Taff through Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Bay) ends at the Oval Basin outside the Senedd. You can also use the cycle and footpath, which run along the A4232 from the Cardiff Bay Retail Park.

By taxi
Numerous taxi services are available from Cardiff city centre. Taxi ranks are situated outside Cardiff Central railway station, near St David's Hall and at the bottom of Park Place.

Please note: The Tourist Information Centre is based within the Wales Millennium Centre.

Below:- Helwick Lightship Cardiff Bay - © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Helwick Lightship 
Cardiff Bay

See also The Norwegian Church and The Senedd


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