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From Barry Island: Gavin and Stacey Tour

1. From Barry Island: Gavin and Stacey Tour

Discover the locations of the Gavin and Stacey TV show by mini-coach. Then visit the home of Stacey, the arcade where Nessa works, and the church where Nessa nearly gets married to Dave. You’ll have opportunities to stop, take pictures, and see the locations up close. The tour will end at the Barry Island seafront. As tour a guest, you will have an exclusive opportunity to go inside the home of Stacey and Gwen. It’s also a great way to see Barry Island and its surrounding areas as your guide shows you the sites from the hugely popular TV show.

Cardiff: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Cardiff: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Cardiff is the youngest and fastest growing capital city in Europe. Cardiff is home to the famous Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle which is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions, the magnificent Cardiff Civic Centre which includes The National Museum of Wales and the beautiful tranquil Alexandra Gardens. Hop-off at Cardiff Bay and see this fantastic new development and the Cardiff Barrage. Visit the Millennium Centre, one of the world’s iconic arts and cultural destinations, Mermaid Quay a major waterfront development for a wide range of eating and drinking places and Techniquest, the hands on Science Exhibition Center for all ages. Cardiff is known for it's shopping with a vast array of popular high street stores with three indoor shopping centers, surrounded by many independent stores in and around the city. It is also well known for its prestigious Victorian & Edwardian Arcades which houses a mix of designer boutiques, cafes, arts and crafts shops, specialist food shops, and music shops – to name but a few. See the past, present and future of Cardiff with a live tour guide. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Kingsway Cardiff Stop 2 - Principality Stadium Stop 3 - St Mary's Street Stop 4 - Herbert Street Stop 5 - Norwegian Church Stop 6 - Cardiff Bay Stop 7 - Mermaid Quay Stop 8 - Techniquest Stop 9 - Craft in the Bay Stop 10 - Lloyd George Avenue Stop 11 - John Lewis/Bute Street Stop 12 - Queen Street Station Stop 13 - National Museum of Wales

Cardiff: Tootbus Cardiff Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3. Cardiff: Tootbus Cardiff Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Hop-on and off to explore all the attractions and famous landmarks in and around Cardiff. Discover 14 stops along the route, including Cardiff Castle, Bute park, Principality Stadium, Norvegian Church, and Cardiff Bay. Jump off the bus to admire the modern Wales Millennium Centre, visit the Craft in the Bay Gallery and the fascinating Cardiff Barrage or stop for a drink at the Mermaid Quai. Visit the Techniquest, an interactive science discovery center for family-friendly fun. Take in some shopping in the city center, one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain.

From Cardiff: Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons Full-Day Trip

4. From Cardiff: Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons Full-Day Trip

Discover the highlights of South East Wales on this full-day trip from Cardiff. See sights such as the ancient Roman remains of Caerleon and Caerwent, the ruins of the Abbey of Tintern, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Meet your guide in Central Cardiff and set out to your first stop, Caerwent Roman town. See the remains of the Caerleon fortress and walled town, Roman amphitheaters and baths, and the legionary barracks. Follow the Wye Gorge towards Tintern and stop to visit Tintern Abbey, a sight made famous by painter JWM Turner. Continue through the Forest of Dean to explore the villages of Abergavenny and Talybont-on-Usk, where you can admire the narrowboats. Next, enter the Brecon Beacons National Park and take in views of Pen y Fan and the reservoirs of Talybont and Pontsticill. Finish your tour in Merthyr Tydfil, the cradle of the Welsh industrial revolution, before returning to Cardiff in the evening.

From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

5. From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

Start by meeting your guide at the central train station in Cardiff. Hop on an air-conditioned minivan and travel along the southern coastline of South Wales, passing the cities of Port Talbot and Swansea. Explore the charming area of Mumbles and stroll along the "Mumbles Mile" to see the wonderful pier and offshore lighthouse. Take some time to explore the boardwalk and grab an ice cream as you enjoy the pleasant surroundings of this quaint location. Next, explore the Gower Peninsular in all of its natural glory with a hike from Langland Bay along the coastal path to Caswell Bay. Enjoy the beautiful scenery throughout with plenty of fantastic photo stops. Return to Cardiff in the evening after a full day of exploring. Finally, visit Worms Head and the majestic sweep of Rhossili Bay, which is regularly voted in the top ten beaches.

Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

6. Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

Cardiff has been the home of Doctor Who since the show returned in 2005 and on this fully guided walking tour you will get to see where over 30 memorable scenes from more than 20 episodes have taken place. This is then followed by a walking tour around Cardiff city center and includes the scene of Danny Pinks death from Series 8, a visit to the National Museum of Wales which has hosted many scenes from the show, the site of Donna Nobles ill fated wedding, Rose Tyler’s workplace and much more. Your guide will show you how terrestrial and intergalactic scenes were filmed on location in Cardiff and give you the chance to follow in the footsteps of four of the Doctors’ and their assistants. Please note that due to the nature of the locations visited this tour is not wheelchair or pram friendly.

Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle Day Trip from London

7. Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle Day Trip from London

Depart London in the morning, and then travel across the country by bus to visit the historic port city of Cardiff, capital of Wales since 1955. Take a sightseeing bus tour on arrival to admire the impressive monuments of the city center, where highlights include the new National Assembly building in the regenerated waterfront district of Cardiff Bay. Get some free time for lunch before traveling to historic Caerphilly Castle, famous for having the most elaborate water defenses in Britain. Get some free time to explore the medieval grounds, and marvel at the impressive gatehouses and other architectural features of the 13th-century monument. Depart in the early evening for the scenic drive back to London through the Welsh Valleys and get dropped off in central London in the evening. 

Cardiff Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

8. Cardiff Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once the supplier receives your booking, they’ll get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. They hand-pick the right local for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The guides are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Cardiff learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city`, you’ll be part of it.

From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

9. From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

Start your guided tour in Cardiff city center. Begin with Cardiff's origins as a Roman garrison, traveling through time to the medieval period and the city's expansion as a global distribution center for coal. Visit Cardiff Bay and the Victorian seaside town of Penarth. Drive through the Vale of Glamorgan and discover ancient burial chambers and hidden villages. Follow the Heritage Coast and don't miss the chance to hunt for fossils, or maybe take a dip in the sea. The tour finishes where it began in Cardiff.

Cardiff: Private Half-Day City Center and Bay Walking Tour

10. Cardiff: Private Half-Day City Center and Bay Walking Tour

Discover Cardiff's rich past and present on a private half-day tour. Take a leisurely stroll through the city center, starting at Cardiff Castle. Continue to the civic center, Bute Park and the Castle Quarter. Then head to Cardiff Bay.  Learn about Cardiff's 2,000 years of history from your informative guide. Benefit from advice and suggestions on what to do in Cardiff and around Wales. You guide will tell you where to find the city's hidden gems and best bars and restaurants. Specific requests regarding the itinerary can be accommodated with prior notice. The tour will end outside the stunning Wales Millennium Center.

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What people are saying about Cardiff

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 763 reviews

The trip was brilliant from start to finish and the guide was amazing, she was so informative and made the whole trip so much fun. We visited 4 gavin and stacey sites and saw lots more during our journey too. The trip also included a 30 min refreshment break at a country pub which was nice, especially on such a hot day. Being on the actual Daves coaches was the icing on the cake. This trip was well worth the money, I would highly recommend if you're a Gavin and Stacey fan. So much more enjoyable than just driving round and seeing the sites yourself plus you get to go into Gwens house on the tour.

This full and varied day out is designed to show the best of (this part of) Wales, and it really hits the mark. Riki was knowledgeable, personable and didn't overburden you with dry facts, unless you wanted it. He was keen to share his enthusiasm and ensure we had a splendid day out. I originally thought it quite expensive, but we had 9 hours of fascinating views and sites to enjoy, so the value was great. Enjoyed being in a small group too. Could not have been bettered.

Fabulous from start to finish. Carrie from Barry was the best funniest tour guide ever. Certainly knew her G and S stuff. According to my daughter, best weekend ever!!

Excellent guide "Ricki"extremely knowledgeable. The day was so relaxing, but yet adventurous, and saw some amazing sites and places, that would never know about.

It was a very very nice day! The guide explained us very well!