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Cardiff: Tootbus Cardiff Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

1. Cardiff: Tootbus Cardiff Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Hop-on and off to explore all the attractions and famous landmarks in and around Cardiff. Discover 14 stops along the route, including Cardiff Castle, Bute park, Principality Stadium, Norvegian Church, and Cardiff Bay. Jump off the bus to admire the modern Wales Millennium Centre, visit the Craft in the Bay Gallery and the fascinating Cardiff Barrage or stop for a drink at the Mermaid Quai. Visit the Techniquest, an interactive science discovery center for family-friendly fun. Take in some shopping in the city center, one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain.

Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

2. Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small 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.

Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle Day Trip from London

3. 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. 

Day Trip to Cardiff from London

4. Day Trip to Cardiff from London

After arriving in Cardiff at approximately 10:30 AM, hop on the Cardiff “Hop-on Hop-off Tour”, available from April through October. You can discover the Welsh capital in style on this open-top bus tour. Visit Cardiff Castle, explore the National Museum of Wales, enjoy the atmosphere of Cardiff Bay and more. The Cardiff Castle Tour takes you through the steeped history of this striking medieval castle, originally built on the site of an ancient Roman fort and Norman keep. From November to March, there will be a visit to the Millennium Stadium which welcomes over 1.3 million visitors per year. With the first retractable roof in the UK, the Stadium is a multi–purpose, all round venue. With a UEFA 5–Star rating and two Rugby World Cups, a Wales Grand Slam, six FA Cup Finals plus a plethora of major concerts and motorsports events on its CV, the Millennium Stadium is established as a world-class must play, must-visit venue and has played home to five major sporting bodies over the last eight years.

Cardiff: Private Doctor Who Walking Tour

5. Cardiff: Private Doctor Who Walking Tour

Walk through the world of Doctor Who in Cardiff as you encounter the show's most iconic filming locations. See how Cardiff has featured in the modern show from the first the episode to the most recent stories. On this tour you will discover 30 filming locations that reference up to a 100 different episodes all over central Cardiff. Your guide will reveal all of Cardiff's major geographic landmarks and notable buildings that are 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: City Center Walking Tour

6. Cardiff: City Center Walking 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.

Swansea: Highlights Walking Tour

7. Swansea: Highlights Walking Tour

Welcome to Abertawe, the second city of Wales. Discover over 1,000 years of Swansea history, from its Viking roots and eventual Norman settlement, to its emergence as a copper trading force during the industrial revolution. Once the biggest town in Wales, Swansea has transformed throughout the centuries, especially across the last 300 years as Swansea became the biggest copper producing centre in the world, before succumbing to the worst of the Second World War. Swansea is now a desirable student haven, with its laid back beach lifestyle, while still maintaining its working class roots. The city now combines the architectural ramifications of the Second World War with the future, with the developments of Swansea docks and the brand new and shiny Swansea Arena and Copr Bay.

Cardiff: Half-Day City Walking Tour

8. 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.

Cardiff Bay Walking Tour

9. Cardiff Bay Walking 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Read up on history of Cardiff and even Wales in general, whether its small or lot that know of. I found the tour very rewarding and the guide Eugene very knowledgeable about the history of this city, which for me did know much at all before the tour and the tour only had myself and the guide, which was fine. Its an amazing place to go see at least once, there's so much to explore and learn from it. I would like to make as a recommendation that learnt from tour guide that if other tour companies such as Contiki and Topdeck which been on recently, should include Cardiff and Wales in general as not sure why they don't specifically, there might be genuine understandable reasons behind it but im sure any tour guide or even Eugene would love to have a travelling tour group, go on this.

Outstanding cultural and historical tour of central and western Wales

Dan provided an outstanding cultural and historical tour of Wales through his witty humor and vast knowledge of the area. We enjoyed soaking up the scenery from picturesque back country lanes to villages bordering the sea, castles, manor houses, and quaint market towns. Dan was not only our guide, but a new found friend!! It’s a tour we’ll never forget and will cherish always.

I really enjoyed the 5 day trip to Wales! It was my first tour with Rabbies, and I couldn't be happier. the small group size was great and we all got along super well by the last night... we didn't want it to end. Rob and his trusty sidekick Draco was helpful and full of so much knowledge! I would travel with them again!

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.