Cardiff sightseeing bus 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 Castle, National Museum Cardiff, the Wales Millennium Centre, Techniquest, St David’s Dewi Sant shopping centre and the Principality Stadium.
Exploring Cardiff's unique history
Cardiff on Foot invites you to put your best foot forward on their 1.5-hour afternoon tour. You’ll explore the city’s fascinating 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.
Tour Cardiff on two wheels
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 they 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.
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.
Ancient and modern Newport, South Wales
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.
Discover more about the places and personalities who instigated the Chartist Riots of 1839, leading to extensive electoral reform in Britain. Wales Best Guides website can help you find a guide for a bespoke Newport tour or explore the wider area with a Wye Valley Heritage Trail tour with Roam Wales.
Exploring Beaumaris, Anglesey
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 Beaumaris Town Trail tour.
The dark tales of Caernarfon, North Wales
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.
Llandudno and Conwy tours, North Wales
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 Tramway, Conwy Castle and MOSTYN, Llandudno’s much-praised contemporary art gallery.
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.
Exploring Mid Wales offer bespoke, exclusive, guided tours of the Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales - by car, canoe, on foot or by bike. Unlock some of secret places of Mid Wales or design a day specifically for you. There are loads of tours to choose from including history and heritage, faith, geology, myths and legends, and literary tours.