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Cardiff: Quirky self-guided smartphone heritage walks

1. Cardiff: Quirky self-guided smartphone heritage walks

If you are Curious About Cardiff, take one of our quirky self-guided walks, where you can explore the heart of this historic capital city. Not only will you visit the better-known places – we make sure you visit the unusual and intriguing ones too! Added to this we provide compelling stories about the history around you, whilst you have fun following our detailed directions, finding answers to our addictive clues and matching pictures to places along the way. You’ll discover "hidden treasures", whilst reading about the history of Cardiff and the people and events that have shaped it – whether you’re familiar with Cardiff or a first-time visitor, you will spot things you would not have otherwise noticed. Download the walks to your mobile device, then follow the directions and enjoy our self-guided heritage walks at your own pace and level of interest The walks are 1.5 miles and 1 mile respectively. Both walks are suitable for wheelchair and buggy users.

Cardiff: City Walking Tour with a Professional, Local Guide

2. Cardiff: City Walking Tour with a Professional, Local 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. In the Museum we will see the world famous Impressionist collection, including the Sculpture 'The Kiss' by Edwarde Rodin, the Water Lilies by Claude Monet and many others. 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: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

3. Cardiff: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Arrive at the meeting point and then follow your guide through the vibrant streets of Cardiff. Explore on foot and learn about this city's rich history and culture. See Animal Wall, Bute Gardens, and Cardiff Market. After this, check out St John's Church, a 12th-century medieval building. Wander through Cardiff's arcades, known for their cafes, artisan shops, and beautiful architecture. Also, admire the Edwardian Baroque architecture of City Hall, which was opened in 1906. Pass by the National Museum, a famous art gallery. Admire the city's street art during the tour. Check out the city's stadium, and find out the best restaurants in the city. Ask your guide any questions you have, so you can discover the city's hidden gems. Finally, walk to Cardiff Castle and finish the tour at this Victorian Gothic building that dates back to the 11th century.

Cardiff: Private Guided Highlights Tour

4. Cardiff: Private Guided Highlights Tour

This 2.5-hour walking tour of central Cardiff shows you the best the Welsh capital has to offer: beautiful green spaces, the iconic castle, unique arcades and its stunning civic center. Cardiff is a city with over 2,000 years of history. It’s the youngest capital city in Europe, and the fastest growing capital in Western Europe. Discover many facets of Cardiff’s rich past and present on a leisurely stroll through the city. The route will take you via the shopping district, the Castle Quarter, through Bute Park and the civic center, ending in front of Cardiff Castle.  Your guide will give you plenty of tips, suggestions and recommendations of things to do in Cardiff and around Wales, including where to find the city’s hidden gems and best bars and restaurants. The tour is flexible, so if you have any specific requests they can be catered to, such as where you want to start or finish, what you want to see, and what you want to learn about in particular.

Cardiff: Half-Day City Walking Tour

5. Cardiff: Half-Day City Walking Tour

Explore Cardiff with a local guide, and get an insider's view of the historical sites, local landmarks, and hidden gems. Meet at Cardiff Central railway station before walking through the city's stunning Victorian shopping arcade. Listen to your guide explain local favorites, including the oldest record store in the world. Next, walk to Cardiff's famous indoor market, where you can purchase a range of local treats. After, visit Cardiff Castle, the oldest building in the city. Later, follow your guide to the second-oldest building in Cardiff, St John the Baptist Church, before strolling through Cathay's Park and National Museum Wales. View the museum's impressive collection, including work by leading contemporary Welsh artists. Afterward, travel to Cardiff Bay, which was once the largest coal-exporting port in the world. View the modern buildings that have sprung up since the bay's redevelopment.

The Dark Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

6. The Dark Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

Walk through the darker edges of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, on this two hour guided walking tour of old Cardiff. Hear the twisted tales, from slums to graveyards, ghosts to pirates, and prisons to disease, across a thousand years of local history. Discover a time when danger lurked behind every corner. This tour focuses on the lesser talked about aspects of Cardiff and Welsh history. Behind the Roman origins, Tudor markets and industrial-age glory lie tales of disease, executions, ghosts and sea-monsters. Cardiff may be a young capital city but it is still steeped in legend with a dark and sinister underbelly, a place where pirates roamed freely, normal people faced ritual humiliation and even the smallest crime may have been met with execution. This tour if fully confined to what one may call 'Old Cardiff' or the Castle Quarter, starting and finishing in very central locations, in amongst the bars, restaurants and evening activity of Cardiff city centre.

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

7. 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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This was my favorite tour of the entire trip. My guide was so knowledgeable not only about Cardiff, but how Cardiff's history wove through the history of the Romans, Normans and English. Aside from showing me all the beautiful buildings created by the economic boom of 100 years ago, we also discussed how Welsh Coal made it all happen. My guide encouraged me to go up to the Coal Mines north of Cardiff. I cannot recommend anything more than going on this tour then heading up to the mines. Can't wait to take my husband on this tour when we visit next time!

Excellent tour, knowledgeable guide, who - although not Welsh - was enthusiastic about the city and the country he had chosen to call home. Learnt lots that we would never have learnt without the tour.

Eugene was brilliant! Awesome guy- took time to listen to and respond to all our questions and snuck in tidbits of things we were interested in. Would recommend him highly! Thank you Eugene!

We enjoyed the route, covering the city and its history at a leisurely pace. Lucy, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made the tour extremely interesting and informative.

Enthusiastic guide, in love with his city and his country. 3 hours of history punctuated with anecdotes...only fun!