Visitors can travel by road to Cardiff Bay by leaving the M4 at Junction 33 and joining the A4232 which links directly to the Bay. Our recommended and most economical car park if you plan to spend some time in the Bay is the Pay & Display Outdoor Car Park at the back of Techniquest.
Alternatively visitors may take the Cardiff Tour Bus which stops in the city centre outside the Castle and the National Museum and Gallery before proceeding to a choice of stops in the Bay.
A pleasant alternative in suitable weather is to catch the waterbus from the stop in Bute Park, the grounds of Cardiff Castle or to walk the section of the Taff Trail from the City Centre, may be joined alongside the Principality Stadium to the Bay.
No visit to the Bay would be complete without a trip to the Barrage. One of Europe's most advanced engineering projects. A diverse waterfront built around a 200 hectare freshwater lake formed by the creation of the Cardiff Bay Barrage in 2000, consisting of 3 locks, 5 sluice gates and innovative fish pass the Barrage offers 24 hour access to the Bristol channel. You can promenade and enjoy views of the city and waterways. You can walk out to the Barrage or catch the road train.
Wales Millennium Centre.
This iconic building is home to the Welsh National Opera and Orchestra. Theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, free entertainment, and behind the scenes scenic tours- all this and more at the award winning Wales Millennium Centre.
The New Welsh Assembly Building, Y Senedd.
This striking Welsh slate and glass building of the Senedd was designed to reflect the National Assembly for Wales' core philosophy of openness and transparency.
Siambr (The Debating chamber) and Committee proceedings can be viewed from public galleries or on viewing screens.
Other Cardiff Bay attractions
One of Britain's leading Science Discovery Centres .160 giant puzzles and models, Science Theatre, Discovery Room and Planetarium
Norwegian Church Arts Centre
A popular venue for concerts and displays with its own café 'The Konditori'
The Helwick Light Vessel LV14 that for years guided ships off the South Wales coast has a new role as a Christian Centre. Visitors may tour the vessel that also sells light refreshments on deck.
Former headquarters of the old Bute Dock Co., in terracotta brick with castellated clock tower, clusters of chimneys and pinnacled turrets it dominates the waterfront skyline. It is now the Visitor & Education Centre for the National Assembly.
Captain Scott set out on his ill fated voyage to the Antarctica from Cardiff. He stayed at the Royal Hotel in the City Centre the night before. A memorial to him stands in the Bay.
Mermaid Quay is at the heart of Cardiff's exciting and vibrant waterfront. There's a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bars mostly overlooking Cardiff Bay together with a wide range of shops and services.
Craft in the Bay
Discover a showcase of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, metal work and bespoke furniture made in Wales by members of The Makers Guild in Wales
The Pont y Werin Bridge
A 140 metre bridge offering a link for pedestrians and cyclists to cross between Penarth and the International Sports Village . The design incorporates a 20 metre opening section to allow river traffic to pass and it provides the final link completing the Bay Trail.
Regular water bus services to the barrage, Penarth Marina and the city centre.
Cardiff Bay Cruises
Restaurant Boat: Gourmet Dining, Buffet Cruises or just a drink.