Cardiff Destination Guide
Cardiff Bay once called Cardiff Docks was the world’s largest coal exporting port
Today it is also Europe’s largest waterfront development. It has leisure activities available both on and off the water and has also been turned into a vast freshwater lake with the introduction of a barrage.
Visitors can ride boat tours operating from Mermaid Quay, which allow you to gain an understanding of the history and fauna of this exciting area. There is also a water taxi service which operates throughout the year from the Bay to the city centre and Penarth. This is a “must try”!
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff City Centre and its sounding area is home to a number of attractions:
Doctor Who Experience
A fantastic day out for the whole family. This interactive journey takes you and the Doctor on a spectacular adventure though time and space. Step though a crack in time and help the Doctor, armed with his Sonic Screwdriver to escape from his foes, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters seen on screen including Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans.
Cardiff Castle offers 2000 years of history in the heart of the Welsh Capital. Choose from guided tours of spectacular Victorian gothic apartments designed by William Burges or climb to the top of the 12th Century Norman Keep for spectacular views of the city.
Explore the light-tower, engine room, cabins, conference room, chapel and relax with light refreshments in our galley in an atmosphere of Christian Fellowship. The Lightship is also the base for the Cardiff Bay Chaplain.
Explore the magnificent Millennium Stadium, one of the UK’s top event and sporting venues and an impressive icon of modern Wales. Tours may not operate prior to match or event days so please contact us to avoid disappointment.
Wales Millennium Centre
Theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, free entertainment and behind the scenes tours – all this and more at the award-winning Wales Millennium Centre, Europe’s most exciting performing arts and cultural venue
Techniquest (Science Centre)
Science discovery centre, designed to engage people of all ages in science through interactive exhibits and live demonstrations
Late nineteenth-century ‘fairytale’-style castle, built on medieval remains, designed for the third marquess of Bute by William Burges. Lavishly decorated and furnished in the Victorian Gothic style; a Romantic vision of the Middle Ages.
St. Fagans Natural History Museum
The Museum of Welsh Life St Fagans is one of Europe’s biggest and most exciting open-air museums. Here you will find centuries of Wales’ social history gathered together in 100 acres of beautiful countryside. Free admission.
National Museum Cardiff
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national archaeology, art, geology and natural history collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. Free admission
Martin Tinney Gallery
The Martin Tinney Gallery was established in Cardiff in 1989 and is now considered to be one of Wales’ premier private commercial art gallery.
Plus much more…
Cardiff has been named as one of the top 10 cities in Europe. Over 319,700 friendly people live here and call it home. With over 150 pubs, bars and nightclubs (many on the waterfront), 73 restaurants Cardiff has much for you to see and do! Cardiff Bay Future Inns Hotel is the perfect place for your stay in the beautiful city of Cardiff.