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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

From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

3. 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.

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.

Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

5. Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castle. After a fulfilling day, return to Aberystwyth in the late afternoon. Day 3: Travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through Aberaeron to New Quay. Explore the picturesque harbor and get the chance to spot dolphins and whales. Head into the foreboding Black Mountains to explore a bedrock cave under a castle, before you visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play Under Milk Wood. Move on to Tenby, a charming seaside town and your base for two nights. Day 4: See some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and exploration, and stop in the county town of Pembroke to enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here, return to Tenby for a relaxed evening. Day 5: Leaving Tenby in the morning, begin your return journey to London. Head past the industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, and visit the outdoor National History Museum. Take the Severn Bridge back into England, and take a break at Castle Combe, a Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th-century ironstone cottages.

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

6. 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.

Cardiff Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

7. 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.

Cardiff: Private Walking Tour with Green Badge Guide

8. Cardiff: Private Walking Tour with Green Badge Guide

Discover Cardiff's rich and varied history on this walking tour with a certified Green Badge guide. Wander through the city's streets and alleyways and see sights such as Cardiff Castle, Principality Stadium, and the Civic Center. With your guide, trace Cardiff's origins as a modest Roman Port, to its prominent role in the court of Elizabeth 1st. Learn about the prosperity of the entrepreneurial Victorian era when Cardiff dominated the world's coal industry and how this created one of Europe's youngest capital cities. Start your tour on the grounds of Cardiff Castle and learn about its 2000-year history. Take in views of the Principality Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby. Walk through the beautiful parklands surrounding the Castle and learn about the Bute family clan and how they shaped Cardiff. Next, visit the Civic Centre, which includes the Museum, City Hall, University, and the Queen Alexandria Remembrance gardens. Stop for a coffee in a unique landmark building. Take in the unique Victorian shopping arcades and indoor market before finishing the tour back at the castle.

Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle Day Trip from London

9. 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. 

The Dark Side of Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

10. The Dark Side of Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

Walk the dark edge of Cardiff, the largest city in all of Wales. Hear the twisted tales, from slums to graveyards, ghosts to pirates, and prisons to disease. Discover a time when danger lurked behind every corner. Confine yourself to the Cardiff's Castle Quarter, starting and finishing at The Hayes.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 721 reviews

It was well worth the getting lost four times on the way and battling with four parking meters and stress walking to get there because I was running late due to the parking meters. Thankfully they were still at Cardiff Castle our meeting place because our extremely knowledgeable guide had lots to say about it and the history as well as how it was used in the filming and making of Doctor Who. It was great to get to actually see where it all comes to life. To actually be on the same spot where some of my absolute favorite actors have been. It was so much fun to meet fellow Whovians. If you are a Doctor Who fan, then this tour is for you! Our guide most definitely knew his stuff. And this particular tour is priced at a great value that won't break the bank. So much so that you could afford to take the whole fam. So what are you waiting for, book now!

Punctual timing. The tour guide provided a lot of interesting facts and knowledge about the places we visited. The small size of the group was an advantage. We would recommend this tour to everyone who has a free day in Cardiff and wants to get out of the city.

We had a wonderful tour with an awesome guide. We saw lots of fantastic Welsh countryside scenery which was the goal. Be advised there is a great deal of walking on this tour.

Riki the tour guide is very professional and have good knowledge about the area. He is also very kind and helpful throughout the trip.

Amazing trip highly recommend it for lone travellers and for families etc