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Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

1. 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.

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The Dark Side of Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

2. The Dark Side of Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

Walk the dark edge of Cardiff, the largest city in all of Wales. Hear the twisted tales, from slums to graveyards, ghosts to pirates, and prisons to disease. Discover a time when danger lurked behind every corner. Confine yourself to the Cardiff's Castle Quarter, starting and finishing at The Hayes.

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Cardiff Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

3. Cardiff Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once the supplier receives your booking, they’ll get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. They hand-pick the right local for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The guides are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Cardiff learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city`, you’ll be part of it.

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Cardiff: City Center Walking Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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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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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Cardiff: Doctor Who Car Tour

7. Cardiff: Doctor Who Car Tour

Prepare yourself for an intergalactic adventure on this half-day car tour of Doctor Who locations in Cardiff. Doctor Who is filmed on location in and around Cardiff, and makes use of locations such as the Millennium Centre, Llandaff Village, and Cardiff Bay. Get a chance to see Amy Pond’s village, Farringham village, sites from Doctor Who spin-offs The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood, plus many other familiar Doctor Who locations and landmarks along the way. Learn how the show is made and get trivia about some of the stars from the show. Have the chance to stop on several occasions, stretch your legs, take pictures, and see the locations up close. The tour will finish back at Cardiff Bay.

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From Cardiff Bay: Private Walking Tour to Tiger Bay

8. 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.

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Cardiff: Private Doctor Who Walking Tour

9. 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.

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Cardiff: Private Walking Tour with Green Badge Guide

10. Cardiff: Private Walking Tour with Green Badge 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. 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.

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What people are saying about South Wales

Gillian sat with me near the beginning of the tour and we discussed my expectations from the tour. Overall she was very nice and informative, and we even went on a book hunting to answer some burning questions I had. However, it was only later when she offered me to take me to Caerphilly Castle and back which very impressed me. It went on an hour past our appointment but she did it anyway. She is an excellent guide and if I had more cash on me after the shopping I would have tipped more. Totally deserved it.

Tony Lloyd is the best local guide we had in this trip. His knowledge of the city is amazing. He turned our initial negative impression of Cardiff to a very positive one . My daughters adored him. He is witty, funny, fatherly, and went out of his way several times to make sure we had an enjoyable 3 hour tour of Cardiff. His being a tourist himself in more than 1000 cities around the globe prepared him to be this excellent .Me and my family will definitely recommend him to anyone who visits the city .

Darren was exactly the guy for this trip. Very knowledgeable and helpful for my purposes to learn about life in Cardiff. Even though the weather was terrible, we made the most of it seeing the sites and even sharing some coffee and a meal when the weather got really bad. Highly recommended.

Tony is an outstanding guide, very knowledgeable and personable. He managed to give us a tour that satisfied us both. Myhusband went to university in Cardiff and knows the city well, I had never been.

Excellent tour of Cardiff’s hidden gems and the harbour. It really rounded off our experience and showed us a lot more than we had time to find in our own. Hoping to be back in before too long.