Cardiff Bay can be found in the southern end of the city and thanks to an ambitious regeneration project is currently one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of the Welsh capital.
Activities for all
From the shops, restaurants, and bars of Mermaid Quay to exciting attractions such as the Wales Millennium Centre (Welsh National Opera), the National Assembly of Wales (Y Senedd), the Norwegian Church, the Techniquest science centre, and the International Sports Village, there's plenty to discover along the shores of Cardiff Bay. Stroll along the waterfront, take part in some exciting water sports, or simply sit back and enjoy the view. This is an area of the city well worth taking the time to explore.
A quick history of the bay
While today Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and the country's capital, the city's origins are more humble. During the Industrial Revolution, when coal mining stimulated the Welsh economy, Cardiff transformed from a small town into a bustling city. As an important site for transporting coal, the local docks at Cardiff Bay evolved into a busy industrial port that welcomed ships from all over the world. Eventually, as Welsh coal exports declined, the bay area fell into disrepair and for years was viewed as a poor and derelict area of the capital. It was not until 1987 that the city began an extensive project to rejuvenate the area and transform it into a modern, stylish cultural hub that attracts crowds of visitors. Visit Pierhead, this staggering red brick building that helped Wales forge its identity through water and fire in the late nineteenth century. Today, its aim is to inform—thanks to an interactive exhibition on the role of the national assembly—involve, and inspire a new generation to forge a Wales for the future.
Today, the dockland district at Cardiff Bay is home to a lively international community with a diverse range of shops, pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants, many of which are housed in beautifully restored historic buildings that recall the area's seafaring past. Savor cuisine from around the world in dozens of restaurants, bars, and cafes as well as the popular comedy club, the Glee Club—all on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay. Discover this fascinating dockland area, making it a brilliant place to while away an afternoon or spend a great night out.