South Wales
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  • From Barry Island: Gavin and Stacey Tour

    1. From Barry Island: Gavin and Stacey Tour

    Discover the locations of the Gavin and Stacey TV show by mini-coach. Then visit the home of Stacey, the arcade where Nessa works, and the church where Nessa nearly gets married to Dave. You’ll have opportunities to stop, take pictures, and see the locations up close. The tour will end at the Barry Island seafront. As tour a guest, you will have an exclusive opportunity to go inside the home of Stacey and Gwen. It’s also a great way to see Barry Island and its surrounding areas as your guide shows you the sites from the hugely popular TV show.

    We thoroughly enjoyed the Gavin & Stacey tour. Fantastic guide & driver, highly recommend!

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

    2. 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 A...

    Decent tour to seem so sites . Driver was not particularly helpful on explaining reason for your being shortened or distance to place we wanted to be from nearest stop . Recording was repetitive .

  • Cardiff: Tootbus Cardiff Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

    3. Cardiff: Tootbus Cardiff Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

    Hop-on and off to explore all the attractions and famous landmarks in and around Cardiff. Discover 14 stops along the route, including Cardiff Castle, Bute park, Principality Stadium, Norvegian Church, and Cardiff Bay. Jump off the bus to admire the modern Wales Millennium Centre, visit the Craft in the Bay Gallery and the fascinating Cardiff Barrage or stop for a drink at the Mermaid Quai. Visit the Techniquest, an interactive science discovery center for family-friendly fun. Take in some shopping in the city center, one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain.

  • Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

    4. Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

    Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castl...

    I really enjoyed the 5 day trip to Wales! It was my first tour with Rabbies, and I couldn't be happier. the small group size was great and we all got along super well by the last night... we didn't want it to end. Rob and his trusty sidekick Draco was helpful and full of so much knowledge! I would travel with them again!

  • From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

    5. From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

    Start by meeting your guide at the central train station in Cardiff. Hop on an air-conditioned minivan and travel along the southern coastline of South Wales, passing the cities of Port Talbot and Swansea. Explore the charming area of Mumbles and stroll along the "Mumbles Mile" to see the wonderful pier and offshore lighthouse. Take some time to explore the boardwalk and grab an ice cream as you enjoy the pleasant surroundings of this quaint location. Next, explore the Gower Peninsular in all of its natural glory with a hike from Langland Bay along the coastal path to Caswell Bay. Enjoy the beautiful scenery throughout with plenty of fantastic photo stops. Return to Cardiff in the evening after a full day of exploring. Finally, visit Worms Head and the majestic sweep of Rhossili Bay, which is regularly voted in the top ten beaches.

    Riki is an amazing tour guide. We had plenty of time at each stop and we've learned a lot about Gower Peninsula. Definitely recommend!!

  • From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

    6. From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

    Start your guided tour in Cardiff city center. Begin with Cardiff's origins as a Roman garrison, traveling through time to the medieval period and the city's expansion as a global distribution center for coal.

    Visit Cardiff Bay and the Victorian seaside town of Penarth. Drive through the Vale of Glamorgan and discover ancient burial chambers and hidden villages.

    Follow the Heritage Coast and don't miss the chance to hunt for fossils, or maybe take a dip in the sea. The tour finishes where it began in Cardiff.

    Me and my girlfriend had am amazing time. Ricky is very knowledgeable and well informed on different topics regarding Cardiff and the surroundings: history, politics, customs, traditions, urban legends, geography. He was very friendly and accommodating and answered all out questions. The gorgeous places we visited were enhanced by having someone to tell us local legends and historical facts. We enjoyed every minute or our trip, from visiting the most important places in Cardiff to the gorgeous view of the bay, the visit of a ruin castle in a field full of beautiful, friendly horses, the ancient burial site, to the créme dé la créme, the absolute stunning beach that left us breathless with its unique beauty. Definitely wear waterproof shoes and pack a waterproof jacket just in case, we had beautiful weather. One of the best tours we have been on and the best outdoors activity of this year so far.

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

    7. 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.

  • From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

    8. From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

    Day 1: Manchester to the border of Wales Depart from Manchester by coach for your first stop of the day, Conwy. Explore the town and its award-winning, picturesque harbor. View a castle perched by the sea, the "world’s smallest house", and traditional restaurants boasting the best fish and chips. Travel to the Llanberis Slate Museum, after you've soaked up the sea air, and learn about the history of the second largest slate mine in the world. Continue to Beddgelert, known as the "loveliest" village in Snowdonia. Admire the beautiful architecture of the stone houses and arched bridges. Travel through the heart of Snowdonia as the evening comes, arriving at your overnight stop in Aberystwyth. Day 2: Aberystwyth to New Quay Set off from Aberystwyth in the morning for the colorful seaside town of New Quay. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the picturesque be...

    This was an awesome trip in Wales. Many areas were visited with wonderful scenery everywhere.

  • Cardiff: City Center Walking Tour

    9. Cardiff: City Center Walking Tour

    This 2.5-hour walking tour of central Cardiff shows you the best the Welsh capital has to offer: beautiful green spaces, the iconic castle, unique arcades and its stunning civic center. Cardiff is a city with over 2,000 years of history. It’s the youngest capital city in Europe, and the fastest growing capital in Western Europe. Discover many facets of Cardiff’s rich past and present on a leisurely stroll through the city. The route will take you via the shopping district, the Castle Quarter, through Bute Park and the civic center, ending in front of Cardiff Castle.  Your guide will give you plenty of tips, suggestions and recommendations of things to do in Cardiff and around Wales, including where to find the city’s hidden gems and best bars and restaurants. The tour is flexible, so if you have any specific requests they can be catered to, such as where you want to start or finish, ...

    Read up on history of Cardiff and even Wales in general, whether its small or lot that know of. I found the tour very rewarding and the guide Eugene very knowledgeable about the history of this city, which for me did know much at all before the tour and the tour only had myself and the guide, which was fine. Its an amazing place to go see at least once, there's so much to explore and learn from it. I would like to make as a recommendation that learnt from tour guide that if other tour companies such as Contiki and Topdeck which been on recently, should include Cardiff and Wales in general as not sure why they don't specifically, there might be genuine understandable reasons behind it but im sure any tour guide or even Eugene would love to have a travelling tour group, go on this.

  • Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

    10. Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

    Cardiff has been the home of Doctor Who since the show returned in 2005 and on this fully guided walking tour you will get to see where over 30 memorable scenes from more than 20 episodes have taken place. This is then followed by a walking tour around Cardiff city center and includes the scene of Danny Pinks death from Series 8, a visit to the National Museum of Wales which has hosted many scenes from the show, the site of Donna Nobles ill fated wedding, Rose Tyler’s workplace and much more. Your guide will show you how terrestrial and intergalactic scenes were filmed on location in Cardiff and give you the chance to follow in the footsteps of four of the Doctors’ and their assistants. Please note that due to the nature of the locations visited this tour is not wheelchair or pram friendly.

    The tour was very nice, especially the tour in the castle. Our host Dean was very enthousiast and he told a lot about the scenes and he gave us the feeling that we had a special and exclusive tour, just for us. ;-)

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What people are saying about South Wales

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 339 reviews

Me and my girlfriend had am amazing time. Ricky is very knowledgeable and well informed on different topics regarding Cardiff and the surroundings: history, politics, customs, traditions, urban legends, geography. He was very friendly and accommodating and answered all out questions. The gorgeous places we visited were enhanced by having someone to tell us local legends and historical facts. We enjoyed every minute or our trip, from visiting the most important places in Cardiff to the gorgeous view of the bay, the visit of a ruin castle in a field full of beautiful, friendly horses, the ancient burial site, to the créme dé la créme, the absolute stunning beach that left us breathless with its unique beauty. Definitely wear waterproof shoes and pack a waterproof jacket just in case, we had beautiful weather. One of the best tours we have been on and the best outdoors activity of this year so far.

Brilliant tour from start to finish. Our tour guide Sally from the valley was excellent and very knowledgeable, cracking jokes and telling us funny anecdotes. Glenda the owner of the Gwen and Stacey's house is very accommodating and clearly embraces the fact her house was used. It is basically a shrine to the show. I would highly reccomend this tour to anyone who is a fan of the show. You finish off in Barry island which is lush.

Carrie from Barry was so much fun and created a fabulous atmosphere on the coach . The whole tour was great

We thoroughly enjoyed the Gavin & Stacey tour. Fantastic guide & driver, highly recommend!

Very fun tour with friendly and knowledgeable tour guide