Attractions in Cardiff Bay
Mermaid Quay is usually the first place locals and visitors head for when visiting Cardiff Bay, and for good reason... the area is home to some of Cardiff’s best restaurants, bars, entertainment and the finest quality new apartment developments. There is a wealth of public art in and around Mermaid Quay, such as the bronze sculpture of a young local couple with their dog, created by John Clinch in 1993, which celebrates the people who lived and worked in the old Tiger Bay area.
Cardiff Bay was recently used as the high-tech urban setting for Doctor Who episodes, as well as for the Torchwood spin-off show, whose makers deliberately avoided old-school portrayals of Wales in order to showcase Cardiff as it is today - a modern urban centre. If you visit the area you will invariably see children knocking on the silver water tower outside the WMC, hoping to open a portal to the underground “Torchwood Hub”!
The Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, also known as "The Tube", is free to visit and the unique scale model of the whole Cardiff Bay area, which also shows some of the premium apartment developments for sale, makes this a good place to start.
Other attractions in Cardiff Bay include Techniquest, a hands-on science and exploration centre which is great for kids, the Goleulong Lightship, the Red Dragon Centre and the fantastic Craft in the Bay store. The Wetlands Reserve, which was set up to preserve and encourage wildlife to settle in the area following the flooding of the mudlands by the barrage development, is also worth a visit.
Cardiff Bay also has a brand new attraction! Just opened is the International White Water centre, a real wet'n'wild experience on real white water, there you can try your hand at rafting or get even closer to the action on a body board. The centre is in the International Sports Village area, where you can also find the fantastic new International Pool or enjoy an ice hockey match with the Cardiff Devils.
You can download a Wikipedia brochure for Cardiff Bay here: