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Cardiff Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cardiff: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Cardiff: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Cardiff is the youngest and fastest growing capital city in Europe. Cardiff is home to the famous Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle which is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions, the magnificent Cardiff Civic Centre which includes The National Museum of Wales and the beautiful tranquil Alexandra Gardens. Hop-off at Cardiff Bay and see this fantastic new development and the Cardiff Barrage. Visit the Millennium Centre, one of the world’s iconic arts and cultural destinations, Mermaid Quay a major waterfront development for a wide range of eating and drinking places and Techniquest, the hands on Science Exhibition Center for all ages. Cardiff is known for it's shopping with a vast array of popular high street stores with three indoor shopping centers, surrounded by many independent stores in and around the city. It is also well known for its prestigious Victorian & Edwardian Arcades which houses a mix of designer boutiques, cafes, arts and crafts shops, specialist food shops, and music shops – to name but a few. See the past, present and future of Cardiff with a live tour guide. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Kingsway Cardiff Stop 2 - Principality Stadium Stop 3 - St Mary's Street Stop 4 - Herbert Street Stop 5 - Norwegian Church Stop 6 - Cardiff Bay Stop 7 - Mermaid Quay Stop 8 - Techniquest Stop 9 - Craft in the Bay Stop 10 - Lloyd George Avenue Stop 11 - John Lewis/Bute Street Stop 12 - Queen Street Station Stop 13 - National Museum of Wales

Cardiff: Private Half-Day City Center and Bay Walking Tour

2. Cardiff: Private Half-Day City Center and Bay Walking Tour

Discover Cardiff's rich past and present on a private half-day tour. Take a leisurely stroll through the city center, starting at Cardiff Castle. Continue to the civic center, Bute Park and the Castle Quarter. Then head to Cardiff Bay.  Learn about Cardiff's 2,000 years of history from your informative guide. Benefit from advice and suggestions on what to do in Cardiff and around Wales. You guide will tell you where to find the city's hidden gems and best bars and restaurants. Specific requests regarding the itinerary can be accommodated with prior notice. The tour will end outside the stunning Wales Millennium Center.

Day Trip to Cardiff from London

3. Day Trip to Cardiff from London

After arriving in Cardiff at approximately 10:30 AM, hop on the Cardiff “Hop-on Hop-off Tour”, available from April through October. You can discover the Welsh capital in style on this open-top bus tour. Visit Cardiff Castle, explore the National Museum of Wales, enjoy the atmosphere of Cardiff Bay and more. The Cardiff Castle Tour takes you through the steeped history of this striking medieval castle, originally built on the site of an ancient Roman fort and Norman keep. From November to March, there will be a visit to the Millennium Stadium which welcomes over 1.3 million visitors per year. With the first retractable roof in the UK, the Stadium is a multi–purpose, all round venue. With a UEFA 5–Star rating and two Rugby World Cups, a Wales Grand Slam, six FA Cup Finals plus a plethora of major concerts and motorsports events on its CV, the Millennium Stadium is established as a world-class must play, must-visit venue and has played home to five major sporting bodies over the last eight years.

Cardiff: Private Walking Tour with Green Badge Guide

4. Cardiff: Private Walking Tour with Green Badge Guide

Discover Cardiff's rich and varied history on this walking tour with a certified Green Badge guide. Wander through the city's streets and alleyways and see sights such as Cardiff Castle, Principality Stadium, and the Civic Center. With your guide, trace Cardiff's origins as a modest Roman Port, to its prominent role in the court of Elizabeth 1st. Learn about the prosperity of the entrepreneurial Victorian era when Cardiff dominated the world's coal industry and how this created one of Europe's youngest capital cities. Start your tour on the grounds of Cardiff Castle and learn about its 2000-year history. Take in views of the Principality Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby. Walk through the beautiful parklands surrounding the Castle and learn about the Bute family clan and how they shaped Cardiff. Next, visit the Civic Centre, which includes the Museum, City Hall, University, and the Queen Alexandria Remembrance gardens. Stop for a coffee in a unique landmark building. Take in the unique Victorian shopping arcades and indoor market before finishing the tour back at the castle.

Cardiff: Private Doctor Who Walking Tour

5. Cardiff: Private Doctor Who Walking Tour

Walk through the world of Doctor Who in Cardiff as you encounter the show's most iconic filming locations. See how Cardiff has featured in the modern show from the first the episode to the most recent stories. On this tour you will discover 30 filming locations that reference up to a 100 different episodes all over central Cardiff. Your guide will reveal all of Cardiff's major geographic landmarks and notable buildings that are used in the show. Head to the glamorous Civic Centre area and stroll through the old city center towards the modern Cardiff Bay area. Finish your tour at the home of the Doctor Who spinoff "Torchwood" in Cardiff Bay.

The Dark Side of Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

6. The Dark Side of Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

Walk the dark edge of Cardiff, the largest city in all of Wales. Hear the twisted tales, from slums to graveyards, ghosts to pirates, and prisons to disease. Discover a time when danger lurked behind every corner. Confine yourself to the Cardiff's Castle Quarter, starting and finishing at The Hayes.

Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

7. Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Doctor Who as you explore the locations that the world-famous franchise was filmed in, around the vibrant city of Cardiff. Enjoy a fascinating journey through the history of Cardiff and the production of Doctor Who, as well as learning behind-the-scenes stories from the BBC hit series. Gain captivating insights into the rise and fall of the largest coal-exporting city in the world during the 20th century, and get invaluable tips on the highlights of modern-day Cardiff. Learn about the hidden gems of the city, such as the best places to buy Welsh cakes and try traditional Welsh dishes. Admire impressive Dr. Who filming sites along the way such as Millennium Stadium, the National Museum of Wales, and the Welsh Parliament building.

Cardiff: Half-Day City Walking Tour

8. Cardiff: Half-Day City Walking Tour

Explore Cardiff with a local guide, and get an insider's view of the historical sites, local landmarks, and hidden gems. Meet at Cardiff Central railway station before walking through the city's stunning Victorian shopping arcade. Listen to your guide explain local favorites, including the oldest record store in the world. Next, walk to Cardiff's famous indoor market, where you can purchase a range of local treats. After, visit Cardiff Castle, the oldest building in the city. Later, follow your guide to the second-oldest building in Cardiff, St John the Baptist Church, before strolling through Cathay's Park and National Museum Wales. View the museum's impressive collection, including work by leading contemporary Welsh artists. Afterward, travel to Cardiff Bay, which was once the largest coal-exporting port in the world. View the modern buildings that have sprung up since the bay's redevelopment.

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What people are saying about Cardiff Castle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 276 reviews

Easy to book online and very reasonable price. Tour was excellent and the driver was so helpful. Would recommend this tour to everyone visiting Cardiff.

If you have a limited time and want to explore Cardiff, I highly recommend this trip. The drivers are so helpful and friendly.

Great commentary and friendly drivers. Didn't realise Cardiff had so much going on

Well worth an hour - informative, relaxing and really nice driver!

An excellent tour. Thoroughly enjoyed by our party.