Only in Wales: Unique sightseeing tours

Our specialist guides have some fascinating secrets up their sleeves. Lace up your boots, get on your bike or hop aboard a helicopter, train or vintage coach – it’s time for a thoroughly Welsh adventure.

  • Exterior of 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea

    5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea

    With Roam Wales, you can explore the corner of Cardiff where glitzy diva Dame Shirley Bassey was born, then bowl along to Pontypridd to see Tom Jones’ birthplace and the venue which launched his career. Next, it’s Pontrhydyfen and Margam, where Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins entered the world. Finally, dip into Dylan Thomas’ Swansea, including a fascinating visit to the house that was his birthplace and childhood home.

  • Bardsey Island, Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia Coast
    Bardsey Island, Llyn Peninsula

    Discover prehistoric sites, ancient churches and hidden coves as you follow the coastal path around the Llŷn Peninsula, much of which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with a guide from Llŷn Walking Holidays. In medieval times, Christians believed that three pilgrimages to the abbey on Bardsey Island, just offshore, bestowed as much godly grace as a visit to Rome. If weather permits, you can pop across by boat.

  • Whitmore Bay & Promenade, Barry Island

    Whitmore Bay & Promenade, Barry Island, Glamorgan

    Check out what’s occurring on Barry Island in this warm-hearted tribute to the much-loved BBC TV series. Travelling in the original Dave’s Coach from the show, you’ll visit the amusement arcade, Marco’s Café, Boofy’s fish and chip shop, the church and Nessa and Dave’s caravan with a guide who knows the characters so well you’d think they were old mates. At weekends, you can even drop in at Gwen and Stacey’s house.

  • Gower Peninsula

    Gower Peninsula, Swansea

    Groups with their own wheels can hook up with a guide at the Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill for a tour of the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll enjoy fine views from Cefn Bryn, tales of the past at Arthur’s Stone, breezy beauty at Rhossili Beach and Worm’s Head, then round it all off with a yummy Welsh cream tea back at the centre.

  • Great Orme
    Great Orme, Llandudno

    For a truly civilised trundle around Great Orme, follow Griff Rhys Jones’ lead and hop aboard one of Alpine Travel’s comfy and lovingly maintained vintage coaches. Their four-mile scenic drive from Llandudno takes around an hour, with wonderful sea views and plenty of sing-along potential en route.

  • Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia

    Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia

    Sweep a loved one off their feet by treating them to a bird's eye view of some of Wales' wildest and most wonderful landscapes. From their base at Haverfordwest Airport, Fly HeliWales can show you every crinkle of the West Wales coast, while Whizzard Helicopters take off from Betws-y-Coed to soar over the crags and waterfalls of Snowdonia.

  • Ogmore Castle on the Vale of Glamorgan Coast Path
    Ogmore Castle, near Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan by Paula J James

    There’s nothing like a healthy dose of nostalgia, especially when you’re beside the sea on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Relax into the back seat of an open carriage drawn by a horse called Wendy, and you’ll be transported back to an elegant era when life moved at a gentler pace. Vale Carriages can take you to a village pub or tea room, show you the Ogmore Estuary and let you have a peaceful wander around Ogmore Castle.

  • Cyclists in Aberaeron

    Aberaeron, Ceredigion

    There’s nothing to stop you cycling this fantastic, 276-mile trans-Wales trail under your own steam – but there’s a lot to be said for joining an escorted ride. With Drover Holidays, you’ll have a qualified guide, vehicle back-up, luggage transfer, accommodation and meals all sorted, so all you have to worry about is which reviving local tipple to sample at the end of each day. Oh – and the pedalling.

  • Bodnant Welsh Food interior of shop.
    Bodnant Welsh Food, Conwy by Jonnie3

    They may not sound like obvious partners, but they’re two of North Wales’ tastiest sustainable specialities. Conwy Mussels are the richest and meatiest in the UK – the secret is they’re raked from the seabed by hand. And at The Mushroom Garden, an award-winning artisan mushroom producer, delicious shiitakes grow on blocks of Welsh oak. During this Celticos tour, you’ll lunch at the wonderful Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.

  • Powis Castle and Garden.
    Powis Castle, Welshpool by Powis Castle, Welshpool

    If you’re keen on all things green and pleasant, what could be lovelier than a holiday spent touring the finest gardens in Wales? With ten days to play with, there’s plenty of time to visit National Trust properties such as Powis Castle, Bodnant and Dyffryn. Cambrian Routes will also let you soak up the sights and smells of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the fascinating historic gardens at St Fagans.

  • A girl walking the Snowdon Horseshoe
    Walking the Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia

    You don’t need to be a mountaineer to make it to Snowdon’s summit on foot – you just need to be reasonably fit. Apart from that, suitable clothing and footwear are the main thing, according to experienced mountain leader Amanda Whitehead. She’ll guide you up “the best side” and down the other, sharing the mountain’s history and legends. To explore Snowdonia in depth as well as height, try one of her five-day hikes.

  • Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Snowdon Mountain Railway, Gwynedd, North Wales

     by Snowdon Mountain Railway

    More leisurely than hiking, but still wildly scenic, the train to the top of Snowdon is an unforgettable way to climb a mountain. To make a day of it, Great Excursions North Wales will also show you around Betws-y-Coed and take you to Llanberis via Thomas Telford’s scenic A5, built to carry stagecoaches and mail coaches between London and Holyhead. Finally, you’ll see both Telford’s Menai Bridge and Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge.

  • Tenby Harbour
    Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire

    Tenby-based Blue Badge Guide Marion Davies knows all the very best places to track down interesting jewellery, clothing, ceramics, glass, bric-a-brac and other vintage oddments. Join her on one of her treasure hunts, travelling by private minibus, and she’ll help you find whatever you’re hunting for, be it one-of-a-kind antiques or thrift store bargains.

  • Cerys Matthews and band performing at WOMEX 2013 in Cardiff
    Cerys Matthews and band at WOMEX 13 in Cardiff by Yannis Psathas

    This tour explores South Wales' hotbed of musical talent, taking you to venues in Cardiff and Newport and visiting the legendary Rockfield Studios near Monmouth. This residential studio has hosted Welsh rock heroes such as Catatonia, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics. What's more, Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody here. Keeping the beat will be Phil Coates, a Blue Badge Guide with over 25 years experience.