Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay has altered beyond recognition, from its past as the world’s largest coal exporting port to a modern sport and leisure complex; it is also Europe’s largest waterfront development and it has a wealth of leisure activities available both on and off the water.

The bay has been turned into a vast freshwater lake with the introduction of a barrage. A number of boat tours operate from Mermaid Quay, which allow you to gain an understanding of the history and fauna of this exciting area. Cardiff Waterbus has introduced a new taxi service which operates throughout the year from the Bay to the city centre and Penarth.

The Bay is home to a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre – ideal for all the family, Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the brand new Wales Millennium Centre, a stunning and international arts centre. The Atlantic Wharf Leisure Village provides further options for family entertainment.

Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre 

Easily recognised by its award-winning tubular design, ‘The Tube’ as it is affectionately known, contains a vast scale model of the Bay, all the information you will need to navigate the area’s many attractions and to gain an insight of the history of the Bay. It welcomes group visits for schools, colleges and other organisations. If you require a more detailed interpretation of cardiff bay, the centre has its own resident Tour Guide who can conduct a walking, coach or boat tour around the whole development area (by prior arrangement).

For more information contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 29 2046 3833 or email:

Open 7 days a week: Monday to Friday 9:30 – 17:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 – 17:00 (18:00 March to October)