Cardiff Bay Barrage
Perfect for a relaxing stroll or bike ride, the Barrage embankment is situated in a stunning maritime setting and offers spectacular views over Cardiff Bay and the Severn Estuary. Thanks to its flat gradient and lack of steps, it’s accessible for all visitors.
A variety of leisure activities take place along the Barrage embankment at the children’s play area, Skate Plaza and adiZone outdoor gym.
The Enormous Crocodile bench
The popular children’s character, made famous by Roald Dahl’s book, The Enormous Crocodile, can be found on the Barrage embankment near the large white sails. Boasting the biggest smile in the Bay, this cheeky chappie is perfect for a sit down and selfie with family and friends. Also, don’t forget to follow him on Twitter @CrocInTheDock!
Cardiff International White Water
Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is an exciting, on-demand, white water adventure centre located in the heart of the International Sports Village in Cardiff. The wide range of activities on offer includes White Water Rafting, Indoor Wave, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and for those who aren’t fans of water, the high ropes Air Trail course.
A centre of excellence for training, the adrenaline-pumping facility also provides expertly-run courses, from the Paddle School to Duke of Edinburgh awards.
029 2082 9970
Flat Holm Island
Not strictly in Cardiff, but just five miles off the coast, the stunning island of Flat Holm is a different world with a wealth of history and wildlife. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to discover. Since the Dark Ages, the island has been a retreat for monks and acted as a sanctuary for Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, silver miners and smugglers. It’s perhaps most famous for receiving the first ever radio message across water by Guglielmo Marconi in 1897.
A day visit by boat provides you with three to six hours on the island. Free guided tours will be available on certain dates. You can also visit the souvenir shop and enjoy a drink at The Gull and Leek, Wales’ most southerly pub. Overnight visits can be arranged.
029 2087 7912
Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre
Whether you’re a seasoned watersports enthusiast or looking to try out something completely new, the Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre (CBWAC) offers a vast range of action-packed activities and courses. It’s located in two great locations – Channel View Leisure Centre in Cardiff, and Cardiff Sailing Centre on the Barrage in the Bay.
Participants of all ages and abilities can enjoy a multitude of sports, such as rowing, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and archery, in safe, exciting environments. CBWAC is staffed by a team of qualified, experienced instructors, offering a multi-faceted programme of activities for those aged eight and upwards. Enthusiasts ranging from amateurs to professionals can sign up for courses for groups, one-to-one tuition and supervised sessions.
029 2035 3912 / 029 2087 7977
Butetown History & Arts Centre
The centre collects, preserves and interprets the social and cultural history of migrants, immigrants and minorities in Wales. It also organises community education courses and works with local schools and groups.
029 2025 6757
Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve
The Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve is an area of approximately 8 hectares, located on the northern shore of Cardiff Bay between St David’s Hotel and the River Taff. Easily accessible via a gravel walkway and boardwalk, the reserve supports a rich diversity of plants and animals, including invertebrates, fish and other wildlife. A viewing area extends out over the water, which provides the perfect location for bird watching.
Download the Wildlife Explorer Trail for children and take them on a fun tour of the reserve.
Cardiff Tourist Information Centre
The refurbished Tourist Information Centre (TIC) provides information on attractions, events and facilities, not only in the Bay but across the city and local region. Overlooking Roald Dahl Plass in Wales Millennium Centre, the TIC is the first port of call for visitors looking for something to do, somewhere to eat and drink, and a place to stay.
Maps and leaflets are available, and a range of souvenirs and gifts are on sale. The TIC is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am-6pm (7.30pm on performance nights), and Sundays 10am-4pm.
029 2087 3573
Visitors to Cardiff Bay can enjoy the world’s only Welsh-themed carousel, complete with horses, dragon chariots and organ music. This traditional ride offers family fun for all ages.
Set sail from Cardiff Bay on this 72ft round-the-world yacht. Children and adults aged 12 to 75 can take part in day and residential sailing adventures on board. Challenge Wales works closely with schools and groups, and runs team building experiences, corporate voyages and accredited courses.
029 2070 4657
Craft*folK’s art and craft fairs with demonstrations and workshops can be found in Cardiff Bay’s Landsea Square and Roald Dahl Plass during bank holiday weekends. Please check the website for upcoming dates.
029 2051 4732 / 07974 561514
Doctor Who Experience
Join the 12th Doctor on an interactive adventure in the heart of the Bay, before stepping behind the scenes to see sets, props and costumes from the famous TV show.
020 8433 3162
International Sports Village
On the edges of Cardiff Bay is the International Sports Village, which brings together three exciting sporting venues, namely Cardiff International White Water, Ice Arena Wales and Cardiff International Pool.
The site can be accessed via the Cardiff Bay Trail and bus routes 7 and 9.
Makers Guild in Wales – Craft in the Bay
This restored maritime warehouse is now a gallery that showcases and sells quality contemporary craft and applied art by Makers Guild in Wales members. It also hosts workshops, conferences and private functions and events.
029 2048 4611
Norwegian Church Arts Centre
A striking landmark building, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre is a great venue for meetings, private parties and concerts. The building was formerly a church for Norwegian sailors. Famous children’s author Roald Dahl was baptised there, and became the first appointed President of the Norwegian Church Preservation Trust in the 1980s.
Today the centre houses the Dahl Gallery for local and touring exhibitions; Grieg room for hosting conferences and events; and Norsk, a fully-licensed café bar.
029 2087 7959
Pedal Power Bike Hire
This charity initiative provides adult and child bikes for hire, as well as child seats, tagalongs, buggies, pedal cars and go-karts. The Cardiff Bay site, which is located near the Barrage, is open at weekends and on school holiday weekdays.
A historic Grade One listed building featuring Wales’ very own Big Ben, the Pierhead is a unique visitor and events venue. As well as showcasing displays and interactive exhibitions, it also hosts meetings and conferences.
0845 010 5500
The Red Dragon Centre
The centre brings together total entertainment under one roof with a cinema, bowling alley, restaurants, bars and cafés, plus a casino and gym. It’s open seven days a week and provides free customer parking.
The home of the National Assembly for Wales, the Senedd is situated in a prime position on the waterfront in Cardiff Bay. The iconic, contemporary building is open to the public for group visits and guided tours – please visit the website to book.
0300 200 6565
The UK’s longest established science centre offers 120 mind-boggling hands-on exhibits, exciting science theatre shows and stargazing in Wales’ only digital planetarium.
029 2047 5475
Wales Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre is the national home for the performing arts in Cardiff Bay. One of the UK’s top cultural attractions and home to eight resident partners, this famous Welsh landmark stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance, alongside the UK’s largest programme of free performances.
029 2063 6464