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Cardiff Bay: Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

1. Cardiff Bay: Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

Enjoy this private group tour from Cardiff Bay to Tiger Bay. See the transformation of Cardiff Docks into the modern bay. Explore landmarks such as the Welsh Parliament, the Barrage, and Mount Stewart Square. Meet your guide in front of the Pierhead Building. Get orientated to Cardiff Bay, touching on the regeneration of the last 30 years, which has transformed the area. Learn about the history of Cardiff Docks. See the biggest coal dock in the world (just 100 years ago), which supplied coal for the British Navy. Visit the Cardiff Bay Barrage, which creates a break between the Bristol Channel and the freshwater lake that is Cardiff Bay. See the iconic buildings of the Bay, including the Norwegian Church, The Wales Millennium Centre, The Welsh Parliament/Senedd, and Mermaid Quay and see some of the great film locations seen in Doctor Who. Visit the historic Mount Stuart Square, a conservation area, and the mighty Coal Exchange, which once controlled the price of coal and saw the handover of the world's first check for a million pounds. Sip refreshments at the Coal Exchange. Enjoy seeing the old trading floor, and renovated restaurant, before concluding the tour.

Cardiff Bay: Self Guided Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

2. Cardiff Bay: Self Guided Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

Go Quest Adventures is turning Cardiff Bay into an Adventure Playground! Croeso i fae caerdydd! Welcome to Cardiff Bay – where those in the know come to play! What used to be a thriving tidal dockland, famous for exporting Welsh coal is now a spectacular waterfront destination that rivals some of the best UK destinations. Explore the Mermaid Quay area of Cardiff Bay and unlock a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new!). As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Quest will start at the Water Tower sculpture in front of the Roald Dahl Plass and wind you around the bay, through Mermaid Quay and end you back at your original location. During your Quest see some beautiful artwork, learn about the history of the area and discover a famous chef. And fans of the series Torchwood won’t be disappointed either as you leave a memento to one of TV shows most loved characters. Along the way, you and your team will be involved in solving puzzles and completing challenges as you discover what makes Cardiff Bay one of Wales’ best cultural and entertainment hotspots. So grab some Welsh cakes (you may need a snack), put on some comfy shoes and get ready to explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your Cardiff Bay Quest! PLEASE NOTE: This Quest does not cover Cardiff Castle or the city centre. Please check out our other Cardiff City Centre Quest which covers these areas. This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corpoorate activity. Customised Quests and group packages are available by emailing Get Questing today!

Cardiff Bay: Highlights Private Guided Tour

3. Cardiff Bay: Highlights Private Guided Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour historical and cultural walking tour of Cardiff Bay, as you delve deeper into Cardiff's political and industrial history. Throughout the day, your professional and informative guide will entertain you with some of Cardiff's fascinating stories, characters and iconic structures old and new. During your walking tour, you will have the chance to pass historical and cultural landmarks such as the Roald Dahl Plass, The Coal Exchange building, The Senedd, Pierhead Building, Wales Millennium Center, The Norwegian Church, Captain James Scott and, Ivor Novello. The itinerary for this tour is highly customizable and suggestions or recommendations given to your guide will be happily taken on board.  The tour begins in the heart of Cardiff Bay, between the magnificent letters of the Millennium Centre and the water tower of Roald Dahl Plass, finishing in the same location a couple of hours later. Of course, more specific locations can be organized if preferred.

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

4. 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 a brilliant tour. I had been keen to learn more about Cardiff's industrial past, and this trip answered all my questions and more, explained by a local guide with comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the area. I had no idea of the actual location of Tiger Bay, for instance. No spoilers - I wouldn't want to compromise the surprise (well, to me!) to others enjoying this tour. My guide Lucy showed me a selection of excellent old photos showing how Cardiff Bay looked at the height of its power, to compare with its completely different look today. I was told the story of the Norwegian church and shown the Senedd and Scott's statue. She also took me to the Barrage, and pointed out the various undertakings to protect the wildlife in the area. We saw the inside of the Pierhead House and went into the stunning Coal Exchange for a cuppa! I would highly recommend this tour. I came away with a much clearer knowledge of the area's history, and eager to find out more.

Eugene was a fantastic guide. The tour was very informative and diversified. We both saw the city center including the castle and the bay area. Eugene also showed us the witnesses of Wales' industrial and mining past, so to speak the old and the new Cardiff. We can absolutely recommand a private guided tour with Eugene in Cardiff. Even for non-native speakers he was easy to understand.

Had a great tour with Lucy who is from the area and did a great job. Very informative.

Engineering was great. The bay tour was very instructive.

An excellent tour. Thoroughly enjoyed by our party.