|Cardiff Bay is the name given to the recently rejuvenated docklands area of Cardiff.|
The area is located about 2 miles south of today's city centre, but in many ways this part of the city can be considered the original city centre for it was the industry of this area that first transformed Cardiff from a small village into a thriving city.
Originally known as Tiger Bay, this area of Cardiff once resounded with the sounds of massive industrialisation. In fact in the 19th century Cardiff was one of the busiest export docks in the whole world.
But then the early 20th century saw a change in Cardiff's fortunes. The Great Depression hit the city badly and as industry declined the docks gradually fell into disuse.
The whole Tiger Bay area suffered greatly, and for several decades the district - and Cardiff as a whole - became synonymous with poverty, crime and violence.
However, the last few decades have seen a dramatic transformation of the area, not least in the form of the new name Cardiff Bay.
Today Cardiff Bay is at the very heart of Cardiff's massive regeneration project. With lots of re-vamped buildings and streets, a promenade lined with interesting sculptures, and a new marina in the making the area is once again thriving.
Tourist attractions in Cardiff Bay include the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum and Techniquest.
And adjacent to the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum there is the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre which will tell you all about this fascinating part of Cardiff. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Admission is free.
For the fit Cardiff Bay is within walking distance of the town centre, but you may prefer to take a bus.
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