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 CastleNational Museum Cardiff, the Wales Millennium CentreTechniquestSt David’s Dewi Sant shopping centre and Principality Stadium.

Open top sightseeing bus outside Cardiff 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

Exploring Cardiff's unique history

Cardiff on Foot invites you to put your best foot forward on their 2-hour tours of Cardiff city or Cardiff Bay. You'll need to pre-book as a group of 6 or more. 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.

Fogo's Free Tours take place in Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay. Tour options include 'Dark Cardiff' and 'Doctor Who' filming locations. The regular, child-friendly walking tours showcase the history, architecture, and characters of the city.

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 arcade, South Wales

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.

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

Swansea: Wales' second largest city

Griffin Guiding can introduce you to the city where Dylan Thomas grew up by taking you to Dylan Thomas' Birthplace 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 and the No Sign Bar.

exterior of Victoria detached building with wall and gate
An historic living room of a famous writer with a feature fireplace.

Dylan Thomas' birthplace, Swansea, West Wales

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 BathsTredegar 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.

A side view of a grand house with orange brickworkand black and gold railings.
A large metal bridge at sunset.
indoor pool with lights and stone walls

Tredegar House, The Transporter Bridge and the Roman Baths, Newport, South Wales

Conwy tour, North Wales

There’s much more to Conwy 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 her Welsh lady tour and she'll show the whole family the sites of this coastal town, including Plas Mawr Elizabethan town house, the Church of St Mary & All Saints, the Town Walls and the bustling quayside. You'll hear all about the town's history and its inhabitants from Amanda, who is not only a guide, but also a resident of Conwy.

Castle next to the sea

Conwy, North Wales

Llandudno and Conwy tours, North Wales

Explore this part of the North Wales Way with a sightseeing bus tour round the traditional Victorian resort town of Llandudno, and nearby Conwy, known for a brilliant castle and busy quayside.

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 a 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

St Davids Cathedral and city, West Wales

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  Bishops Palace in St David's Pembrokeshire.

The Bishops Palace and St Davids Cathedral,  Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Tenby

Marion Davies is an official registered Blue Badge Guide based in stunning Tenby, who loves to tell her walkers stories about ghosts, pirates, fairies, witches and strange Pembrokeshire customs. Enjoy her Story of Tenby walk or join her for a Ghost Walk of Tenby.

stone archways.
Image of Tenby Harbour beach, colourful houses and the lifeboat station.

Tenby town walls and harbour, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Mid Wales

As the only licenced tour guiding company in the UK providing clients with fully guided tours on a motorcycle and sidecar, Mid Wales Tours allow visitors to experience the Mid Wales mountains, lakes, scenery and highways and byways from a totally different perspective. Customers are equipped with radios and guide Sean provides a commentary as you travel around the countryside. Helmets and wet weather clothing can also be provided if required.

If you prefer to go on foot or let someone else do the driving, Guided Tours of Wales offer sightseeing coach and walking tours of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Mid Wales and the Cambrian Mountains.

two women walking on a hill with country views.
Rolling green mountains and sky.
An aerial shot of the river held back by the dam surrounded by forest.

Brecon Beacons Geo Park, Cader Idris and Pen y Garreg Dam in the Elan Valley, Mid Wales

Further information

These are just a selection of guided tours available across Wales. Use our search facility to find out more.

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