Great inspiration for accessible days out may begin with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, but it certainly doesn’t end there. We’ve scoured the country to find even more people and organisations to share great ideas and advice to make getting out and about easier to plan and enjoy. From tourism professionals, to disability experts, and even Rough Guide to Accessible Britain fans who simply have fun experiences to share, the Days Out Blog is regularly updated and includes news and updates that we hope you’ll find inspiring, entertaining and useful. We hope that the Days Out Blog encourages more people get out and about and enjoy the many fantastic, accessible attractions throughout the UK.
Cardiff Bay is a must see when you’re exploring Cardiff, especially at this time of year. Easily accessible from the City Centre via rapid and regular bus and train links, you can quickly escape from the bustle of town to the Bay’s scenic waterfront setting. With an abundance of restaurants, most with generous outdoor seating areas looking out across the water, it’s easily my favourite place for alfresco eating and drinking in Cardiff. I particularly enjoy visiting ice cream and coffee shop, Cadawalader’s. Situated on its own little pier, the views across the Bay are spectacular, making it the perfect place to sit and enjoy a couple of scoops of ice cream from their vast selection.
With everything on the flat, it’s both easy and wonderfully relaxing to explore the waterfront via the many scenic footpaths – something I enjoy doing regularly on a sunny weekend afternoon.
No day out in Cardiff Bay would be complete, however, without a visit to Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff’s iconic performing arts Centre. With its imposing façade and striking inscription, it’s sure to be the first thing to catch your eye as you arrive at the Bay. Just ten years old, this modern building is highly accessible for wheelchair users, with wide concourses, lifts to all levels and fully accessible toilets on both sides of the auditorium and on every level.
This year, the Centre’s tenth anniversary year, the shows taking to the main stage over the next few months are some of the finest currently on-tour in the UK. I have a long list that I want to get to see, including War Horse, Show Boat, Cats, West Side Story, Lord of the Flies and Disney’s Lion King.
The Centre’s award-winning restaurant and bar, ‘ffresh’, serves some of the best local produce and is another of my favourite places to eat and drink in the Bay to sample a true taste of Wales. I especially enjoy relaxing in the bar on a Friday evening and listening to the live performances. Wales Millennium Centre also offers an activity space for children to learn more about and get inspired by the world of theatre.
The Bay is home to some great attractions such as Techniquest, The UK’s longest established Science Centre with 120 interactive science exhibits, The Doctor Who Experience and the World of Boats, featuring over 40 boats from around the world as well as live restoration projects and interactive displays.
Fleur is a PR Officer at Wales Millennium Centre. She has been working at the Centre for just over a year and has lived in Cardiff for the last five years.
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