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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 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. 

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

2. 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

3. 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: 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.

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Cardiff: Private Walking Tour with Green Badge Guide

5. 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

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.