Start at the white-stoned Civic Centre. Its impressive buildings are set in tree lined parkland and wide avenues and includes the National Museum Cardiff. It consists of 15 galleries and it has the best collection of impressionist paintings outside of Paris. Guided tours of the historic art galleries are available on request. Your clients can also experience the galleries via AR animation. Hand-held devices are available to hire from the shop for £10 per hour, with a refundable deposit. There are three experiences to choose from which are available in Welsh, English or Japanese. The Evolution of Wales exhibition takes visitors on a 4,600 million-year journey to find out how life in Wales has changed. Pre-booked groups benefit from, 10% off in the museum café and restaurant on a minimum spend of £5 per person, 10% off in the museum shop on a minimum spend of £5 per person, guided tours and complimentary refreshments for the coach driver.
The Principality Stadium (formerly known as Millennium Stadium) was built for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and is now a major sporting and concert arena. A 90 minute behind the scene tour is a great introduction to the Welsh love of rugby and to find more out about the stadium. Check directly on availability as during build-up to matches and events tours may not be available but a mini 40 minute tour is usually offered instead. Group discounts for groups of 20 or more are available on request.
Take time to browse amongst the Victorian Arcades, home to many of Cardiff’s individual and unique shops. St David's Shopping Centre is home to big branded goods. After the shops close at 20:00hrs, stay and enjoy a meal at the many restaurants and coffee bars, which are open even later.
Learn about Cardiff's history at the Museum of Cardiff in The Old Library, The Hayes. It has art galleries, a learning suite, interactive exhibitions and other objects and stories that bring to life the history of the capital. There is a small charge for groups.
Alternatively, book your clients on any of these bookable walking tours of Cardiff led by a local expert:-
- Cardiff on Foot
- Creepy Cardiff Ghost Tour
- Dark Wales Tours
- Planet Wales’ Cardiff Walking Tour
- Loving Welsh Food – private tours can be arranged in French, Italian, Spanish and German
This evening, enjoy an evening performance at St David's Hall, the New Theatre, the Sherman Theatre, Welsh National Opera or the Wales Millennium Centre (detailed on day two). Explore the restaurants, bars, clubs and bistros both in the city centre or overlooking the water by Cardiff Bay.
Go to the official website for more information about coach parking in Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay.
Cardiff Castle is located in the heart of the city and enjoys a history spanning nearly 2000 years. The highlight is a guided tour of the spectacular castle apartments. They were created in the 19th century by eccentric architect William Burges for the very rich Third Marquess of Bute. Designed as a medieval fairytale home, the rooms are filled with ornate fireplaces, gilded ceilings, intricate stained glass as well as carved and painted animals throughout. House Tours can be arranged in English, Welsh, French and Spanish and audio guides of the complete site are available in English, Welsh, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese. The café offers views of the Norman Keep and castle and a gift shop is available. For groups attending the evening ‘Castle Banquet’ for a small additional charge there is the option for a 30 minute evening tour of the clock tower beforehand and Travel Trade rates for the banquet are available.
Continue to Cardiff Bay, there are boat tours around Mermaid Quay, visitors can take a tour of the Senedd (main image) - the Welsh Assembly Government's eco-friendly debating chamber or a visit to the Wales Millennium Centre that has already established its reputation as a unique and lively performing arts centre. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy performances ranging from blockbuster West End musicals, Welsh National Operas, ballet and stand up comedy. There are also behind the scene tours available and a variety of specialist tours, such as discovering the building's architecture or technical aspects and touch tours for the visually impaired. Discounts are available for pre booked groups of 10 or more.
Or for the more adventurous, take on the waters by rafting, canoeing, paddleboarding to name but a few of the activities on offer at Cardiff International White Water.
Again, go to the official website for more information about coach parking in Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay.
It's just a short journey to St Fagans National Museum of History on the outskirts of Cardiff. Voted Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, the most prestigious museum prize in the world, visitors travel back centuries with its reconstructed cottages, farmhouses, rural workshops, mill, chapel, village store and so on. There are plenty of options here for lunch – Y Gegin, Gweithdy, or the Gwalia Tea Rooms. They all serve good quality food that is cooked on site using local, Welsh products whenever possible. Groups must book in advance and will benefit from 10% discount in the museum café and restaurant on a minimum spend of £5 per person, 10% discount in the museum shop on a minimum spend of £5 per person, guided tours and complimentary refreshments for the coach driver. Entry is free. Coach parking is also free of charge.
After lunch, visit Castell Coch, a fairytale castle peeping out of the trees north of the city. Part of the Marquis of Bute's legacy to the city. Castell Coch is the whimsical brainchild of architect William Burges. Take a look at Lady Bute's tower bedroom. It comes with a fabulously painted double dome featuring twenty eight frolicking monkeys – quite risqué in its day! There’s a small tea room on-site. Coach parking is possible but groups must phone in advance of visiting.
Castell Coch is in the care of Cadw. Register with the Cadw Tour Operator Scheme (CTOS) to become a member of Cadw’s online group booking scheme. Members benefit from preferential trade rates and discounts, complimentary admission for your tour leader, complimentary introductions to Cadw monuments, enhanced information for existing tours and invoicing following your visit. Alternatively, Day Tickets can be purchased up to three weeks in advance. Visit Cadw Admissions for more information.