South Wales Culture & history

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

1. 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 and Caerwent, the ruins of the Abbey of Tintern, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Meet your guide in Central Cardiff and set out to your first stop, Caerwent Roman town. See the remains of the Caerleon fortress and walled town, Roman amphitheaters and baths, and the legionary barracks. Follow the Wye Gorge towards Tintern and stop to visit Tintern Abbey, a sight made famous by painter JWM Turner. Continue through the Forest of Dean to explore the villages of Abergavenny and Talybont-on-Usk, where you can admire the narrowboats. Next, enter the Brecon Beacons National Park and take in views of Pen y Fan and the reservoirs of Talybont and Pontsticill. Finish your tour in Merthyr Tydfil, the cradle of the Welsh industrial revolution, before returning to Cardiff in the evening.

Day Trip to Cardiff from London

2. 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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 Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

5. From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

Day 1: Manchester to the border of Wales Depart from Manchester by coach for your first stop of the day, Conwy. Explore the town and its award-winning, picturesque harbor. View a castle perched by the sea, the "world’s smallest house", and traditional restaurants boasting the best fish and chips. Travel to the Llanberis Slate Museum, after you've soaked up the sea air, and learn about the history of the second largest slate mine in the world. Continue to Beddgelert, known as the "loveliest" village in Snowdonia. Admire the beautiful architecture of the stone houses and arched bridges. Travel through the heart of Snowdonia as the evening comes, arriving at your overnight stop in Aberystwyth. Day 2: Aberystwyth to New Quay Set off from Aberystwyth in the morning for the colorful seaside town of New Quay. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the picturesque beach or grab an ice cream. Visit Laugharne, and stand in awe before this village’s towering castle. Carry on towards Carreg Cennen, an imposing fortress perched on top of a hill, nestled within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Roam across the ramparts and experience stunning views of the surrounding natural landscape. Make your way to Newton House, a palatial building that boasts rich gardens, unique architecture, and famous ghost stories, before returning to Aberystwyth later on that evening. Day 3: Harlech Castle and Chester Watch Snowdonia’s mountains fly by as you make your way to Harlech Castle, one of the most popular castles to see in the whole of the UK. Take the chance to witness the sea views and learn about its war-torn history. Stop for lunch in the little village of Betws-Y-Coed before journeying to one of England’s most historic towns, Chester. Head to the cathedral, rebuilt in the Gothic style from 1250 onward. Arrive back in Manchester in the early evening.

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.

Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

7. 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.

Swansea: Highlights Walking Tour

8. 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.

Swansea: Self-Guided Dylan Thomas Audio Walking Tour

9. Swansea: Self-Guided Dylan Thomas Audio Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the world and work of Dyan Thomas as you stroll through the streets of Swansea. Download this audio guidedwalking tour for your smartphone, put in your headphones, and discover the sights, stories, and experience's of the poet's hometown. See many of the sights that makee this one of Wales’ most beautiful places. Pass buildings full of Victorian splendour, old alleyways that lead to secret spots, and see the bay with one of the highest tidal climbs in all of Europe. Discover the many corners of the city connected to Dylan Thomas, from his favourite hangouts to the places he featured in his stories. Pause in one of the city's lovely pubs and cafes along the way like the No Sign Bar, Queens, or Marina. Learn how the city centre was forever changed after the Three Nights’ Blitz during World War Two. Catch a glimpse of its ruined castle and discover one of the most beautiful bays in Wales. Download an app which you can use at any time. Enjoy informative commentary from a local author, and hear a reading in Thomas's own voice as you go.

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based on 339 reviews

The guide was absolutely fantastic and did a wonderful job of engaging everybody in the group. I like that there was some flexibility for us to explore at our own pace at some of the sites. I learned a lot not only about the sites that we visited, but about Wales in general.

Riki was a phenomenal tour guide. He took us all around different places in the southern countryside of Wales, and he was full of knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the whole tour. I had a wonderful experience, and I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone!

Rikki was knowledgeable and friendly, and generously agreed to drive past the address of a long lost relative of mine. The tour was exactly what I wanted, to learn more about some of the ancient heritage and natural beauty of this part of South Wales. Thank you!

I definitely recommend it. This is the opportunity to see very attractive areas, sights and small towns in the interior of Wales.

a fun tour!! Riki was very friendly and knowledgeable