Cardiff Docks as it once was called was the world's largest coal exporting port. But since then it has been transformed into Europe's largest waterfront development with a wealth of leisure activities available both on and off the water.

Cardiff Bay has been turned into a vast freshwater lake with the introduction of a barrage. You can now walk to the barrage and across to Penarth Head, with the opening of the Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path starting from the Inner Harbour to the Barrage.

Cardiff Bay is home to a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre; an ideal family attraction, Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the brand new Wales Millennium Centre, a stunning and international arts centre.

Boat rides to history centres like the Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre known to locals as the Tube, The Red Dragon Centre; a leisure complex offering family entertainment, restaurants and events. Other points of interest include the Senedd, home of the National Assembly for Wales, or maybe pay a visit to The Lightship Helwick, a major attraction in its own right.

And after all that excitement you may just be ready for a bite to eat and Cardiff Bay will not disappoint. The Bay hosts a wealth of restaurants with some of the finest chefs in Europe cooking mouth watering cuisine. Whether the choice is India, French, Italian or a Steak Cardiff Bay is the place to eat.

Those seeking quieter places Flat Holm island just 50 minutes from Cardiff offers an environment rich in wildlife and steeped in history. The Island was invaded by the Danish who visited the island for periods of tranquility and now you can to. Admire the rare wild leeks and wild Welsh ponies, experience the thrill of walking through a breeding bird colony, search for slow worms and look at the geological formations.