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The Best Things to See and Do in Cardiff Bay

The Welsh capital is a bustling destination with so much to see and do, you’ll need at least a couple of days to fit everything in. Cardiff Bay is the name of the redeveloped Cardiff Docklands, home to a vast expanse of water, several beautiful hotels, and plenty of great dining options to suit any taste.

If you’re planning a trip to Cardiff, don’t miss your chance to explore the vibrant Cardiff Bay area. The popular attraction boasts a whole host of things to see and do, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

Watch a show at the Wales Millennium Centre

The Wales Millennium Centre, located in Cardiff Bay, is a stage for world-class touring productions. Whether you’re interested in musical theatre, stand-up comedy, dance, or gritty drama, the Centre boasts an ever-changing programme of events that means you should be able to choose a show that appeals to you. 
Discover what’s on during your visit and enhance your time in Cardiff with tickets to a show!

Stroll around the Cardiff Bay Barrage

Morning, afternoon, or evening; stroll along the sea barrage and breathe in a little salty air. The smooth, flat path is for visitors of all ages and mobilities to wander along, and several locks along the way provide entertainment for curious kids.

Visit Mermaid Quay

From its beautiful waterfront location in Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay is the perfect place to dine or drink in the city. With over 30 cafés, restaurants, and bars, Mermaid Quay offers world cuisine with the most stunning backdrop.
Its distinctive architecture is inspired by Cardiff’s maritime history, with towers, balconies, and bridges making up the vibrant setting. Swing by for dinner as the sun sets or start your day in Cardiff Bay with a delicious breakfast at Mermaid Quay.

Stop by the Y Senedd and the Pierhead Building

The Y Senedd is the Welsh Assembly Government’s debating chamber and was officially opened by the Queen in 2006. Pay a visit while you’re in Cardiff Bay and enjoy a coffee and traditional Welsh cake in the café or watch a debate from the public viewing gallery.
Next door, the impressive red Pierhead building contains an interactive exhibition for visitors to learn more about the Assembly. 
Hotels near Cardiff Bay
If you’re planning a trip to Cardiff, base yourself close to all the action by choosing one of our beautiful hotels near Cardiff Bay. We have options to suit all budgets and styles, from the pet-friendly ibis Cardiff and ibis budget Cardiff Centre to perfect-for-families Novotel Cardiff Centre and relaxing Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa. Choose the hotel that suits you best and get ready for a truly memorable weekend in Wales!

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