Cardiff Bay can be found in the southern end of the city and, thanks to an ambitious regeneration project, is currently one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods of the Welsh capital.
From the shops, restaurants and bars of Mermaid Quay, to exciting attractions such as the Wales Millennium Centre, the National Assembly of Wales, the Techniquest science centre and the International Sports Village, there's plenty to discover along the shores of Cardiff Bay. Stroll along the waterfront, take part in some exciting water sports, or simply sit back and enjoy the view. This is an area of the city well worth taking the time to explore.
A quick history of the bayWhile today Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and the country's capital, the city's origins are more humble. During the Industrial Revolution, when coal mining stimulated the Welsh economy, Cardiff transformed from a small town into a bustling city. As an important site for transporting coal, the local docks at Cardiff Bay evolved into a busy industrial port that welcomed ships from all over the world.
Eventually, as Welsh coal exports declined, the bay area fell into disrepair and for years was viewed as a poor and derelict area of the capital. It was not until 1987 that the city began an extensive project to rejuvenate the area and transform it into a modern, stylish cultural hub that attracts crowds of visitors.
Today, the dockland district at Cardiff Bay is home to a lively international community with a diverse range of shops, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants, many of which are housed in beautifully restored historic buildings that recall the area's seafaring past.
From the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff, you're just a short drive away from this fascinating dockland area, making it a brilliant place to while away an afternoon, or spend a great night out. Speak to our hotel staff for directions, recommendations and other information.