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From Barry Island: Gavin and Stacey Tour

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.

From London: Day Trip to Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton

From London: Day Trip to Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton

Visit Oxford and top 'Downton Abbey' filming locations on this guided day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings. Continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle with entry tickets included. Board your bus in London and set out on your tour. Journey in a comfortable bus as you head towards your first stop for the day, the city of Oxford. Here, embark on a guided walking tour of the city, home to one of the world’s oldest universities and packed with architectural highlights. Next up is a visit to Bampton, the filming location and setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, and homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms, and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

From Cardiff: Swansea, Mumbles and Gower Coast Full-Day Tour

From Cardiff: Swansea, Mumbles and Gower Coast Full-Day Tour

Soak up the charm of the Gower Coast on this guided tour from Cardiff to the city of Swansea and the village of Mumbles. Learn about local history and admire sweeping views of Langland, Caswell, and Rhossili Bay. Hop aboard a comfortable van and relax on the transfer from a centrally-located meeting point in Cardiff to the city of Swansea. Take in striking coastal scenery and a short stop by the Swansea Docks area National Waterfront Museum and Dylan Thomas Square. Visit the quaint village of Mumbles where you can see its quaint 18th-century lighthouse and what remain of the iconic 19th-century railway station. Some free time to explore the area (take your lunch and stop in at the Lovespoon Gallery where you can shop for traditionally hand-carved Welsh love spoons) Let the scenery of the Gower coast take your breath away, with an optional coastal walk from Langland Bay to Castell Bay, as you head towards the magnificent Rhossili Bay and the Worm’s Head formation. Return to your meeting point with unforgettable memories at the end of your tour.

From Cardiff: Castles Mountains and More Full-Day Trip

From Cardiff: Castles Mountains and More Full-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of the capital with this day trip to the castles of Coch and Caerphilly. Ride through the lush landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National park, and have some free time to take in the charming town of Brecon at your own pace.  Meet your guide at the conveniently-located St Andrew's Cres in the centre of Cardiff which is easily reached by train, car, or on foot. Relax on the scenic drive in a comfortable bus.  Admire views of Cardiff Castle from the bus. View the unique mix of Gothic, Norman, and Roman architecture of this castle that was home to the Romans during their occupation of Wales. Stop at Castell Coch, which translates in Welsh as red castle. See for yourself why it is known as the ‘fairy-tale castle’ thanks to its tapered turrets and conical rooves. Although built in the 1870s, this charming castle has a medieval style, as it was built as a country retreat for the third Marquess of Bute, one of Britain’s richest men. Explore the inside and outside of Caerphilly Castle, Wales’ largest and Britain’s second largest castle (behind Windsor). This formidable, 13th-century fortress boasts an extensive ring of water defences and huge gatehouses. Have some free time for refreshments in the town of Caerphilly before continuing the sightseeing tour. Take a drive through the Brecon Beacons, one of the 3 National Parks in Wales. Marvel at the rolling hills and mountains until you reach the town of Brecon. Discover this picturesque market town that is steeped in history and dates to Norman times.  Spend some free time visiting Brecon Canal Basin, often voted Britain's prettiest canal. Explore the 12th-century cathedral or walking through the narrow streets and browsing the eclectic range of shops. End the tour with drop-off in central Cardiff.

Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

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.

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

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, the ruins of the Abbey of Tintern, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Meet your guide in Central Cardiff and set out to your first stop, Caerleon Roman town. See the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, and the legionary barracks. Follow the Wye Gorge towards Tintern and stop briefly to visit Tintern Abbey, a sight made famous by painter JWM Turner. Continue up through the gorge and the spectacular Forest of Dean to Monmouth and Rockfield. Next, enter the Brecon Beacons National Park in the beautiful Black Mountains, visiting the hidden church of St.Issu. Stopping in the little market town of Crickhowell for lunch (not included). Brecon Town, home of the Army in Wales, with its canal and Cathedral. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the fast running waters of a beautiful mountain stream. Enjoy the breath-taking views of Pen y Fan and Corn Ddu, South Wales' highest peaks, check your reflection in the reservoirs of Talybont and Pontsticill. In Merthyr Tydfil, cradle of the Welsh industrial revolution, discover the beginnings of train travel, following the river Taff for our return to Cardiff in the late afternoon. Example Itinerary, weather and other conditions can dictate route taken.

From Cardiff: Guided Hike to 6 Waterfalls in Brecon Beacons

From Cardiff: Guided Hike to 6 Waterfalls in Brecon Beacons

We visit many a dramatic waterfall, including one that we have to walk behind as that is where the path goes! The trek is about 10 miles and is a six hour wander through ancient wooded valleys alongside a trio of rivers all with their own unique character and of course waterfalls a plenty. Delve deeper into Wales’ natural landscapes than you would on a traditional tour on a hiking trip from Pontneddfechan that takes you to six secluded waterfalls. You’ll cover ten miles (15 kilometers) over the course of the day, and benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide, who’ll provide tales and trivia that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. This tour is an ideal choice for nature lovers and keen hikers. We trek at a relaxed pace as you listen to stories from your guide. Discover parts of the Welsh countryside that you might otherwise miss. Please Note A reasonable level of fitness is required for all of our walks. As our walks are open to all, clients who are considerably slower than average will be asked at a suitable and safe point on the hike to head back to the start. This is to ensure that those that have booked and are of average fitness will continue to enjoy the day without risk. If walking with us please know that the weather can change and at times we do need to keep moving to remain warm and safe.

From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off

From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off

After meeting your tour guide and driver, the tour will begin the journey into the limestone country, complete with rolling hills and honey-colored cottages, before heading towards Bath, a city popular for over two thousand years due to the hot springs that attracted both Celtic Kings and Roman aristocracy and is still a popular destination today. On arrival, there will be a full tour followed by entry to the Roman Baths, a testament to the cult of Sulis Minerva, both a God of healing and of the underworld. Walk along the original Roman paving, admire the ruins of the ancient temple, and steaming baths. After the city tour there will be free time for lunch before the tour departs for its next stop, Royal Windsor. Over 900 years of Royal history await you at the majestic Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. You will enter the Castle (except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) where you can see the state apartments and the Royal Chapel of St George. The town of Windsor sits alongside the River Thames with royal parks, traditional shops, and typical English pubs, making it one of England's most popular destinations. St George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Access to St George’s Chapel may be limited on busy days and during service. Departing Windsor the coach will begin the drop-offs to selected Heathrow hotels, all Heathrow airport terminals, selected train stations, and any central London accommodation. Drop-offs at Heathrow begin between 5:00 PM and 5:45 PM, and the tour aims to drop off in central London between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. All timings are approximate and subject to traffic and other delays. This cruise transfer is available on all dates when Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Oceania, NCL, Celebrity, Princess and Disney cruise ships are visiting Southampton. Service also available to passengers on other ships not listed when dates and arrival times coincide with ships listed. Please note you will need to make your own way to the ship we are servicing on that date. Each person is allowed a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (75x51x28 cm - 23kg each) and 1 item of carry on luggage (55x40x20 cm - 10kg each). Limits on luggage are worked out based on the space available in the vehicle in which you will be travelling. If you bring extra luggage it will not fit in the vehicle. In this instance you will be responsible for arranging separate transportation for your luggage to your cruise ship. Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact us in advance to let us know. We will require full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold and will be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage. If the luggage you wish to take on your cruise exceeds these limits, please do consider our private taxi option instead where you can select a private vehicle to accommodate your personal luggage requirements.

From London: Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge Day Trip

From London: Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge Day Trip

Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath on this day trip in an air-conditioned bus from London. Explore the residence of the English monarchy at Windsor Caste and try to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge for yourself. Admire Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge in the city of Bath. The first stop on this full-day tour is the historic town of Windsor where you’ll visit the Queen’s favorite weekend retreat — Windsor Castle. The Castle, dating from Norman times, features a prominent turreted Round Tower. It sits atop a wooded hill on the banks of the Thames River, in the midst of lovely landscaped grounds. Have a “through-the-keyhole” look at the Castle’s State Apartments and paintings by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci that hang there. A visit to St. George’s Chapel is also on your tour. The Chapel is the final resting place of King Henry VIII and other monarchs. Before you leave Windsor, you’ll see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a residence in miniature, complete with electricity, running water, working lifts, and even bottles of wine. The iconic and ancient monument of Stonehenge is your second stop on the tour. Your first sight of Stonehenge will be of the monolithic rocks rising up from Salisbury Plain. There have been many theories over the ages about this mysterious 5,000-year-old formation. You may end up with a theory of your own to add to the speculation.  The city of Bath lines the sloping banks of the Avon River. This was England’s first city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Visit the 15th-century Bath Abbey and also Pulteney Bridge, which was based on the design of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You’ll see stunning examples of Georgian architecture and have enough free time in Bath to explore on your own. After a full and memorable day, you will arrive in London at the end of your tour at approximately 8:00 PM.

From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

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 towns of Bridgend and Port Talbot and through the City of 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. Walk along the dramatic sea cliffs and visit Worms Head along with the majestic sweep of Rhossili Bay, which is regularly voted in the top ten beaches of the World. Hear stories of Piracy and deadly adventure, Myths and Legends of Gower and Wales, enjoy some great food along the Way. Tour finishes in Cardiff

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4.9
(165 reviews)

Gareth is a safe driver who knows a lot and entertains his passengers well. The three places we chose were very interesting and worth seeing. We would travel with him again at any time.

Guide was very knowledgeable about history and all other kind of information, very friendly and helpful on ways to save money and places to visit. Tour is a great add on to any visit!

I really enjoyed it. The guide gave us a lot of information about the trip. We also had time to relax and take photos. The trip is highly recommended.

FANTASTIC tour. Everything i had hoped it would be. Tour guide was great as well. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed.

Ivan was the most fun and knowledgeable guide we had. Loved the whole trip.