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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.

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

2. 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: Swansea, Mumbles and Gower Coast Full-Day Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

From Cardiff: Guided Hike to 6 Waterfalls in Brecon Beacons

5. 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.

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.

From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

7. 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

The Royal Mint Experience: Ticket, Guided Tour & Exhibition

8. The Royal Mint Experience: Ticket, Guided Tour & Exhibition

Pre-book your entry ticket to The Royal Mint Experience, the only place in the world where you can witness the United Kingdom’s coins being made. Follow the journey of a coin from a blank to a bank on an exclusive behind-the-scenes guided factory tour experience.  Marvel at the home of U.K. coin production at The Royal Mint, a mint that’s been minting coins for up to 60 countries at a time. Follow your guide through the factory and learn about different processes.  As you explore, you may be lucky enough to see U.K. coins being made during your visit. At the end of your tour, get the opportunity to strike a coin of your very own at the only place in the world where you can do this (fees apply).  Following your tour, find yourself surrounded by over 1,100 years of history at the mint’s exhibition. From tales of the Tower Of London to the present day, get authentic insights into what makes a world-leading mint. See rare items, Olympic medals, Sir Isaac Newton’s notes, and much more. The exhibition area is home to some of the most important and historical artifacts in the 1,100-year history of The Royal Mint. Take advantage of plenty of free time to explore the exhibition at your own pace. Enrich your visit through temporary exhibitions that change year on year. Before the end of your visit, stop at the on-site cafe to enjoy lunch and visit the official gift store that stocks a huge array of one-of-a-kind gifts and merchandise. Team members are on hand to assist you with any purchase.

From London: Day Trip to Cardiff with Cardiff Castle Entry

9. From London: Day Trip to Cardiff with Cardiff Castle Entry

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 tour on arrival with a local guide, 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. After lunch we’ll continue our tour through the seaside town of Penarth before travelling back into the centre of Cardiff. We will conclude our time in Cardiff with a visit to the fabulous Cardiff Castle, a fortress with a 2000-year history, from a humble Roman Fort to the Romantic Victorian splendour of today. 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. 

From London: Wales 5-Day Group Tour

10. From London: Wales 5-Day 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.

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What people are saying about Cardiff

Our guide, Federico, was very good.he brought us to Coch and Caerphilly Castles and he shared interesting facts and stories about each castle.he surely knows the history of each castle.he gave us ample time to go around the castles and to the Brecon National Park.he also gave us insights on famous landmarks around Cardiff.he even gave us Welsh cakes as snacks when we finished the tour.overall, it was a delightful experience for us.thank you Fed

My friends and I had a lovely experience on this trip with Riki! We also got lucky as the weather was great. We got to see quite a few places, drove around Cardiff & Swansea, walked around Mumbles & Gower, while learning about the local history and stories of the community here. Would definitely recommend it to everyone who visits Cardiff!

It was a day well spent. Rick was the best tour guide that we’ve had so far, he is very knowledgeable and could give explanations to every questions that we asked. He is very fun to be with. We felt really safe by his driving as well.

Wonderful tour, incredible sights and our guide Jim was a real gem! Lots of history shared with us, good timing for each stop without feeling rushed. A full and fabulous day of touring south wales.

Excellent tour and very friendly, hospitable tour guide.