Cardiff history walk

Cardiff on Foot invites you to put your best foot forward on their 1.5-hour afternoon tour. You’ll explore the city’s seedy past – in centuries gone by, it was a place of treachery, piracy and general debauchery – and revel in the Victorian splendour of its Gothic revival architecture. You’ll also hear about the unique role Cardiff played in the World Wars.

aerial shot of Cardiff Castle with view of city
Ornate Victorian bedroom with wooden bed, decorative mantel piece and chandelier.
interior of Victorian arcade, roof, windows and light.
Cardiff: aerial view of the city with castle in centre, ornate bedroom in Cardiff Castle and Victorian acade

Caernarfon hauntings and hangings

There’s much more to Caernarfon than its magnificent castle according to Amanda Whitehead, an experienced Blue Badge Guide with a degree in history and past experience of working for Cadw and Visit Wales. Set off on foot on the hauntings and hangings tour, and she’ll lead you through the cobbled streets of the walled town to hear tales of sailors, soldiers, centurions and nymphs of the night.

Image of Caernarfon Castle from the South
Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales

Swansea: Wales' second largest city

Griffin Guiding can introduce you to the city where Dylan Thomas grew up by taking you to the house where he was born on Cwmdonkin Drive, then showing you around the Dylan Thomas Centre in the Maritime Quarter. Other Swansea highlights include a trip to Swansea Market to try Gower cockles and laverbread, or a jaunt to Mumbles for Italian-style ice cream.

What better way to relax after than to conjure up the spirit of Wales’ favourite writer and  raise a glass to his name in a few of his favourite haunts? Although some of Dylan Thomas’ regular watering holes have long since disappeared, Swansea still boasts historic spots such as Queen’s Hotel, The Cross Keys, the No Sign Bar and The Adelphi. 

Seafood stall in market - foreground mussels with scoop

Llandudno and Conwy sightseeing tour bus

One ticket gets you 24 hours of travel on the Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus service, which runs every hour during the daytime from March to late October. There are two bus tour routes and 12 stops en route, making it a breeze to visit Llandudno Pier, the Great Orme TramwayConwy Castle and MOSTYN, Llandudno’s much-praised contemporary art gallery.

Passengers on Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno as it passes the coast in the background
aerial view of pier and coastline from out at sea
harbour with boats and background of castle and hill with trees
Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno, Llandudno Pier and Conwy, North Wales

Beaumaris town trail

Beaumaris has it all – a remarkable castlecourthouse and gaol, a hotel built for a royal visit in the 1830s and an inn which hosted Charles Dickens in the 1850s. Anne Harris, a Blue Badge Guide from a Welsh-speaking Anglesey family, is fascinated by the history and folk heritage of her island and loves to share its stories on this short walking tour.

lifesize figure of judge with wig sat at table with reflection.
Room with pink walls, mantel piece, paintings and wooden table with papers and chairs .
stone court yard of goal.
Beaumaris courthouse and gaol, Anglesey, North Wales

Cardiff sightseeing tours

You can’t miss Cardiff’s colourful Hop-On Hop-Off buses which circle the city every half hour during the daytime. Fully guided, the route takes in highlights such as Cardiff CastleNational Museum Cardiff, the Wales Millennium CentreTechniquestSt David’s Dewi Sant and the Principality Stadium.

open top sightseeing bus outside castle with clock tower.
Image of a City Sightseeing bus outside National Museum in Cardiff
City Sightseeing bus outside Cardiff Castle and The National Museum in Cardiff, South Wales

Get to know Newport

Most people who come to Newport on holiday have golf on their minds. Celtic Manor Resort, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010, is right on the doorstep. But if you have time to spare away from the fairways, it’s well worth having a guide show you Caerleon's Roman Fortress and BathsTredegar House and, in Newport itself, St Woolos Cathedral and the Transporter Bridge.

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bridge gondola
indoor pool with lights and stone walls
Tredegar House, The Transporter Bridge and the Roman Baths

St Davids Cathedral and city

Both modest and thoroughly splendid, St Davids Cathedral, the focal point of the smallest city in Britain, is a fascinating place to spend time. Visit with David Blackmore, a trained cathedral guide, and even if you’ve been here before, you’ll see it with fresh eyes. There’ll also be time to wander around the pretty streets of St Davids.

View of The Bishops Palace in St David's Pembrokeshire
The Bishops Palace and St David's Cathedral,  Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Mid Wales

Exploring Mid Wales offer bespoke, exclusive, guided tours of the Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales - by car, on foot or by bike. Unlock some of secret places of Mid Wales or can design a day specifically for you.  

Argae yng Nghwm Elan, Powys
Elan Valley, Mid Wales

Cardiff parks & canals by bike

Cardiff Pedal Power offers a large variety of inclusive cycling options, as part of its seven days a week cycle hire in Pontcanna and seasonal hire in Cardiff Bay. Two wheel and adaptive cycle hire to the general public either as short term hire or long term which includes large groups of 50 plus, as part of this we are happy to provide pre-arranged tours. Both cycle centres are situated right in the heart of cycling opportunities for Cardiff being connected to the Taff Trail and Bay loop providing excellent options for all to cycle.

The local Cardiff charity focuses on inclusive cycling and enabling all to cycle through access to a large variety of cycle types such as trikes, side by side cycles and hand bikes, as well as a large fleet of two wheeled standard bikes. They also provide cycle training to all abilities and disabilities including learn to ride for adults and children, confidence building sessions, safety training and bike specific rides such as tandem cycling.

Image of two people cycling on the Taff Trail in Cardiff with a bridge in the background
Cycling on the Taff Trail in Bute Park, Cardiff, South Wales

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