This tour helps you escape the modern city of Cardiff and picture what it was like to walk through the streets of the tiny but lively Tudor Town of Cardiff in the 1500s. Most (but not all) of the Tudor buildings are long gone, but thanks to historical records and maps we can piece together, as you meander through the city centre, what you would have seen, what dramatic events you might have witnessed, and who you might have been lucky enough (or unlucky enough!) to meet. Your journey back in time is helped with period music and sound effects to complete a magical journey of the imagination!
The Hayes, St Mary Street, the Church of St John the Baptist, High Street, Cardiff Castle, Bute Park
The tour starts right in the heart of Cardiff City Centre. Please make your way to Working Street, and stand outside the large branch of Barclays Bank. The address is 28 Working Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DP. If using the front gate of Cardiff Castle as your starting point, as you face the castle please turn right and make your way to the far right hand corner of the castle. Here you will see a large pedestrian crossing. Cross here, and then immediately turn right to walk down St John's Street. This street lies between Burger King on the corner to the right, and the Spar store on the corner to the left. Keep walking, and after 100 metres St John Street becomes Working Street and very soon afterwards you will see Barclays Bank on your left.
Places to stop along the way:
The route in the city centre is packed with lots of places to stop and grab a snack or hot/cold drink, either to take a break, or to have on the go. The Victorian arcades (there are several of joining the route we take) are a special treat and worth a quick diversion to take in their small shops and eateries (many of them are independent traders).
Best time to walk:
I recommend you do this walk after 10am and before 5pm. This is when the shops and attractions will be open should you wish to take a break from the tour (one of the stopping points, the Church of St John the Baptist, is open daily between 10am-3pm should you wish to look inside although we do not strictly enter as part of the tour). I do not recommend doing the tour earlier than 10am as there is a strong chance the route will be crammed with delivery vehicles and street cleaners which will make the route noisy and congested. After sunset it is not possible to enter Bute Park which is important to the last part of the tour.
Most of the route is pedestrianised but parts of it have restricted vehicle access (eg making deliveries) so please always be aware of slow moving vehicles. Please take great care when you are asked to cross roads and please obey pedestrian light controlled crossing instructions. The route is safe by day as it is busy with pedestrians, without being overly crowded but, as always, please take common sense precautions regarding personal possessions.