Cardiff parks & canals by bike
By providing bikes and helmets and choosing a route that’s flat and mostly off-road, Cardiff Cycle Tours has created a three-hour ride that anyone can tackle. You’ll pedal through parks, along waterways and past docks, learning how Cardiff grew from a small town to a thriving capital in less than two centuries.
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.
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.
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 half hour during the daytime from March to late October. There are ten stops en route, making it a breeze to visit Llandudno Pier, the Great Orme Tramway, Conwy Castle and MOSTYN, Llandudno’s much-praised contemporary art gallery.
Beaumaris town trail
Beaumaris has it all – a remarkable castle, courthouse 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.
Cardiff sightseeing tours
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 Baths, Tredegar House and, in Newport itself, St Woolos Cathedral and the Transporter Bridge.
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.
Swansea: Dylan's literary pub crawl
What better way to conjure up the spirit of Wales’ favourite writer than to 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.
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.