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Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle Day Trip from London

1. 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. 

From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

2. From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

Start your guided tour in Cardiff city center. Begin with Cardiff's origins as a Roman garrison, traveling through time to the medieval period and the city's expansion as a global distribution center for coal. Visit Cardiff Bay and the Victorian seaside town of Penarth. Drive through the Vale of Glamorgan and discover ancient burial chambers and hidden villages. Follow the Heritage Coast and don't miss the chance to hunt for fossils, or maybe take a dip in the sea. The tour finishes where it began in Cardiff.

From Cardiff Bay: Private Walking Tour to Tiger Bay

3. From Cardiff Bay: Private Walking Tour to Tiger Bay

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. 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: Private Doctor Who Walking Tour

4. Cardiff: Private Doctor Who Walking Tour

Walk through Doctor Who filming locations in Cardiff with this guided tour. See how Cardiff has featured in the modern show from the first the episode to the latest episodes. Meet your guide and start your tour to 30 filming locations that reference up to a 100 different episodes. Let your guide reveal all of Cardiff's major geographic landmarks and notable buildings that used in the show. Head to the glamorous Civic Centre area and stroll through the old city center towards the modern Cardiff Bay area. Finish your tour at the home of the Doctor Who spinoff "Torchwood" in Cardiff Bay.

Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

5. Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Doctor Who as you explore the locations that the world-famous franchise was filmed in, around the vibrant city of Cardiff. Enjoy a fascinating journey through the history of Cardiff and the production of Doctor Who, as well as learning behind-the-scenes stories from the BBC hit series. Gain captivating insights into the rise and fall of the largest coal-exporting city in the world during the 20th century, and get invaluable tips on the highlights of modern-day Cardiff. Learn about the hidden gems of the city, such as the best places to buy Welsh cakes and try traditional Welsh dishes. Admire impressive Dr. Who filming sites along the way such as Millennium Stadium, the National Museum of Wales, and the Welsh Parliament building.

Cardiff: Half-Day City Walking Tour

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Cardiff Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Me and my girlfriend had am amazing time. Ricky is very knowledgeable and well informed on different topics regarding Cardiff and the surroundings: history, politics, customs, traditions, urban legends, geography. He was very friendly and accommodating and answered all out questions. The gorgeous places we visited were enhanced by having someone to tell us local legends and historical facts. We enjoyed every minute or our trip, from visiting the most important places in Cardiff to the gorgeous view of the bay, the visit of a ruin castle in a field full of beautiful, friendly horses, the ancient burial site, to the créme dé la créme, the absolute stunning beach that left us breathless with its unique beauty. Definitely wear waterproof shoes and pack a waterproof jacket just in case, we had beautiful weather. One of the best tours we have been on and the best outdoors activity of this year so far.

Our tour with Riki was fantastic! It was a thorough and enjoyable trip through Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, with lots of interesting stories and facts along the way. Would definitely recommend this tour as a great way to get to know more about Cardiff and Wales!

We loved Caerphilly Castle and our tour guide was great! He was knowledgeable, helpful and proud to be Welsh! It was the perfect amount of time and we would highly recommend.

I highly recommend this tour! We visited a nice variety of locations, with witty and informative commentary from our great guide. Wales is a beautiful country!