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 Principality Stadium.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.