Cardiff Bay

The bay is so special to Cardiff. It really adds something extra to the city… and it’s something not all that many cities are lucky enough to have! Think of the bay like this: don’t know what to do with your day? Go to the bay! Whether you end up having cuppa at the front watching the boats, enjoying cocktails in one of the bars, browsing IKEA (admittedly a bit further out but it’s still the bay) or exploring the Doctor Who exhibition there is so much to do.

It’s also the kind of place you can go with anyone, any time of the day, and any time of the year. Day date? Romantic stroll along the front with an ice cream. Boys’ night? Bowling in the Red Dragon Centre then spoons for a few pints. Nan visiting? Show her the pretty sights of the Pierhead Building, Millennium Centre and the Norwegian Church Arts Centre. Sports team social? Techniquest adult’s evening. Random weeknight antics with the housemates? Student tickets at the comedy club. Parents or friends visiting? Watch a show in the Millenium Centre followed by dinner overlooking the bay. You can also hire bikes and enjoy a boat trip from the bay; the perfect activities for a sunny day (when we have them).

I’m not sure if we’ve made it clear enough. The bay is great.

Admittedly, for most, the bars are the main attraction. A night down the bay is usually a semi-special-occasion night out or if you fancy something a bit posher. That’s not all the bay is about, though. So if you’re not into the drinking scene, don’t feel like the bay isn’t for you! During summer there are plenty of events that take place like the food festival and the beach party. There are shows to be seen in the Millennium Centre and so much sport for you competitive beings. Even at its simplest, a walk around the bay in the evening can be really, really beautiful. So definitely don’t miss that.

Walking to the bay from central will take around 20 minutes. A train runs regularly from Queen Street which takes a couple of minutes and costs £1.90. If you’re around the Hayes, you can get a Bay Car which takes 12 minutes from outside Wyndham Arcade.


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