Cardiff audio tour: A Capital Day Out: A Stroll From Cardiff Castle to City Hall

A Capital Day Out: A Stroll From Cardiff Castle to City Hall

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1.3mi

About the Tour

Discover how Cardiff grew from a sleepy market town to a bustling young capital on a walking tour around this compact, walkable city. You’ll get a glimpse of its colourful Roman history, find out how the fortunes of Welsh Steam Coal helped the city grow during the industrial era, and hear about the legacies left behind by the Scottish Bute Family.

On our walk, I’ll share how Cardiff Castle evolved from a Roman Fortress and Norman stronghold into Victorian folly. At key locations along the way, we’ll stop and marvel at beautiful architecture like the Civic Centre. A tour around the city would not be complete without a mention of the home of Welsh Rugby, the Principality Stadium, where I’ll explain how this versatile venue is used for more than just the sport.

Along the way, you’ll hear stories about:

• The Marquess of Bute’s lavish lifestyle
• A secret room hidden within the walls of a restaurant
• Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, two sisters who built up Europe’s largest collection of impressionist art
• The engineer who moved an entire river

Let’s set off on a leisurely stroll around this small city with a big story.

Tour Producer

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Stephen Griffin

My name is Stephen Griffin and I am a Wales Blue Badge Tourist Guide. I am a passionate Welsh man and love nothing more than telling everyone about my beautiful corner of the world..

Major Landmarks

  • Cardiff Castle

  • Principality Stadium

  • Cardiff Market

  • City Hall

  • National Museum of Wales

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts in the city centre right outside the main entrance of Cardiff Castle. If arriving by car there is pay and display parking in the Civic Centre (CF10 3NP) or on the opposite side of the city there is Sophia Gardens car park (CF11 9FH) . Follow signs to Cardiff Castle .
If arriving by rail, Cardiff Castle is a short stroll from the Cardiff Central Railway station and most city centre buses stop close to the Castle.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Market, National Museum of Wales, Principality Stadium

Best time of day

Summer 8am-8pm, Winter 9am-4pm

Precautions

You will have to cross some major roads during the tour so make sure you use the pedestrian crossings.

Comments

What a great tour, really informative and clear, nice and easy to follow. Well worth the money.

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A Capital Day Out: A Stroll From Cardiff Castle to City Hall