Visiting Cardiff without taking a trip to the Bay is like going to into a sweet shop and coming out empty handed - impossible! A cosmopolitan hot spot built around a stunning 200-hectare freshwater lake, Cardiff Bay promises a vibrant mix of attractions, entertainment and events that will leave you hungry to revisit time and time again. And it’s only a short drive away from the heart of the city!
By day and by night, all week round, there is always plenty going on in the Bay. Whether you’re headed there for a romantic dinner, a lively night out with friends or a fun-packed family day, you’ll get what you’re looking for and much more at Cardiff Bay! From magnificent historic symbols to swanky casinos; from colourful fairground rides to glamorous bars and restaurants, there is something for everyone in this prime location.
1: Relax and Unwind at Mermaid Quay
One of the most popular spots on the waterfront, Mermaid Quay is brimming with stylish restaurants, cool bars and boutique shops. The trendy location is also home to Cardiff’s number one comedy club, making it the place to be for young couples and groups. Most things here are open seven days a week, and there’s secure parking for nearly 400 cars, so you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason not to sample a taste of Mermaid Quay when you’re in Cardiff!
2: Entertain the Whole Family at The Red Dragon Centre
The Red Dragon Centre simply screams entertainment from its every corner with everything you need to eat, drink, and play under one roof! Ideal for families of all ages, this ultra fun hub includes an 18 screen cinema home to the only digital IMAX in South Wales, a giant 26-lane bowling centre, casino, and hit music stations Capital FM and Heart! It’s oozing with places to eat and drink too with a wide selection of restaurants, bars and cafes to suit every kind of taste you can imagine. All of this with free customer parking thrown in on top make The Red Dragon Centre a must-visit come rain or shine!
3: Keep the Little Ones Happy at Sayers Amusements
Watch your mini-me’s faces light up as they jump on the world’s only Welsh themed carousel. A vibrant, musical merry-go-round of enchanting horses and mystical dragons, your kids will have oodles of fun riding this traditional fairground attraction in the heart of one of Cardiff’s most exciting locations.
4: Feed Your Imagination at Techniquest
If anything will fascinate and occupy the minds of the little ones (and big ones for that matter!), it’s Techniquest! This sensational science centre attracts hoards of visitors to Cardiff Bay each week with over 120 brain-teasing hands-on exhibits and mesmerising tours of the night sky in the amazing digital Planetarium. Plan your trip for the weekend or during the school holidays, and you’ll also be able to watch the captivating science theatre shows. There’s not a moment’s room for boredom at Techniquest – and with so much to learn and discover, the kids are sure to receive some brownie points from their teachers too!
5: Get Your Adventure on at Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre (CBWAC)
Whether you’re a seasoned thrill seeker or you’re simply looking to try out something new, CBWAC offers a range of action-packed water activities and courses from two exciting Bay locations. With sports such as rowing, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing all at the grab of a ticket, you and your family are sure to make lifelong memories when you visit this exhilarating attraction.
Cardiff Bay promises such a good day out that one visit is just never enough!