A day out in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is a must see when you’re exploring Cardiff, especially at this time of year. Fleur Tucker, a PR Officer at the Wales Millennium Centre shares her personal experiences and tips on where to eat, relax and enjoy a range of entertainment.

Easily accessible from the City Centre via rapid and regular bus and train links, you can quickly escape from the bustle of town to the Bay’s scenic waterfront setting. With an abundance of restaurants, most with generous outdoor seating areas looking out across the water, it’s easily my favourite place for alfresco eating and drinking in Cardiff. I particularly enjoy visiting ice cream and coffee shop, Cadawaladers. Situated on its own little pier, the views across the Bay are spectacular, making it the perfect place to sit and enjoy a couple of scoops of ice cream from their vast selection.

With everything on the flat, it’s both easy and wonderfully relaxing to explore the waterfront via the many scenic footpaths – something I enjoy doing regularly on a sunny weekend afternoon.

No day out in Cardiff Bay would be complete, however, without a visit to Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff’s iconic performing arts centre. With its imposing facade and striking inscription, it’s sure to be the first thing to catch your eye as you arrive at the Bay. Just fourteen years old, this modern building is highly accessible for wheelchair users, with wide concourses, lifts to all levels and fully accessible toilets on both sides of the auditorium and on every level.

This year, the Centre’s shows that have taken to the main stage over the past few months are some of the finest currently on-tour in the UK, such as Shrek the musical, Jimmy Carr, Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast in Concert.

The Centre’s award-winning restaurant and bar, ‘ffresh’, serves some of the best local produce and is another of my favourite places to eat and drink in the Bay to sample a true taste of Wales. I especially enjoy relaxing in the bar on a Friday evening and listening to the live performances. Wales Millennium Centre also offers an activity space for children to learn more about and get inspired by the world of theatre.

The Bay is home to some great attractions such as Techniquest, The UK’s longest established Science Centre with 120 interactive science exhibits, The Doctor Who Experience and the World of Boats, featuring over 40 boats from around the world as well as live restoration projects and interactive displays.

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