Cardiff Daily Life Tour, Cardiff (Self Guided)

Cardiff is a vibrant and diverse city with a strong British tradition and community feel. Take this self-guided walking tour to feel the local lifestyle and explore the city's most frequently visited places such as Central Market, Queen Street and Gorsedd Gardens.
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Cardiff Daily Life Tour Map

Guide Name: Cardiff Daily Life Tour
Guide Location: Wales » Cardiff (See other walking tours in Cardiff)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: Nick
Cardiff Central Market

1) Cardiff Central Market

Cardiff Market, also known as Cardiff Central Market, is a Victorian indoor market in the Cardiff city center, the capital city of Wales. The market was designed by the Borough Surveyor, William Harpur, and opened in May 1891. A farmers' market is known to have existed at the site since the 1700s. The market consists of two shopping levels, a ground floor and a balcony level which wraps around the exterior market walls on the interior. Entrances to the market are located at St. Mary Street, Trinity Street and from an alleyway off Church Street. There is a large H. Samuel clock above the High Street entrance, which was presumably donated by the H. Samuel jewellery chain, which once had a store just outside the High Street entrance. Traders in the market offer a variety of fresh produce, cooked food, various delicacies and more durable goods.

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Clwb Ifor Bach

2) Clwb Ifor Bach

Clwb Ifor Bach (English: Little Ivor's club) is a Cardiff nightclub, music venue, Welsh-language club and community centre. It is known to the Cardiff Welsh-speaking community as Clwb (Welsh: (The) Club) and is often known by others on the Cardiff music scene as The Welsh Club. Clwb Ifor Bach is used as a social centre by Welsh speaking people in Cardiff, as well as by many non-Welsh speakers. Until recent years, the club had a number of regular members only nights. This policy has been discontinued. Clwb Ifor Bach is the focal point of many Welsh-medium organizations and events in the area: social, educational, sporting and otherwise. English and Welsh are spoken equally throughout the club, and most of the staff is required to be bilingual.

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Firing Line Museum of the Welsh Soldier

3) Firing Line Museum of the Welsh Soldier

Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier, formerly known as the Museum of the Welsh Soldier and prior to that as the Welch Regiment Museum, is a museum and exhibition centre dedicated to the history of the Royal Welsh and the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards. The museum is located in Cardiff Castle in Cardiff city centre, Wales.

The museum commemorates the services of the infantry in South Wales, as well as the history of the Glamorgan militia and the auxiliary land forces of South Wales.

Operation hours: March - October: Daily 9 am - 6 pm; November - February: 9 am - 5 pm.

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Queen Street

4) Queen Street

With numerous shopping arcades, trendy boutiques and lovely specialty shops, Queen Street is Cardiff’s busiest area. Live music, clown entertainment and street comedy have always been a part of the vibrant Queen Street scene. Come here to see how the real activities of Cardiff’s daily life unfold.
Gorsedd Gardens

5) Gorsedd Gardens

Located between National Museum of Wales and historical neo-Gothic Park House, Gorsedd Gardens is a lovely park thanks to all its attributes: colorful floral compositions, intricate fountains and monuments. The Garden’s monuments include Celtic Stonehenge, Gorsedd Stones built in 1899, statues of the only Welsh Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Lloyd George and the hero of the First World War Lord Ninian. Come here for a short break from your city adventure.
Eglwys Dewi Sant

6) Eglwys Dewi Sant

Situated in the oval-shaped St Andrew crescent, Eglwys Dewi Sant is a lovely old Anglican church that is the home of the Welsh-speaking congregation of Cardiff and its surrounding district since 1954. Step inside to see beautiful carvings of saints, the distinctive St Andrew X-shaped cross and the magnificent organ made by the most famous British organ-builder "Father" Henry Willis. Come here to sign your name in the church’s old visitors' book and after the service, learn some Welsh words over coffee in the church’s hall.
Gassy Jacks

7) Gassy Jacks

Gassy Jacks is a local, vibrant students’ bar and a popular community spot of the district. The large lively bar offers sporting games on TV, all-day delicious traditional pub food and cocktails. It is a great place to find out the latest local gossip and news. Come here if you want to feel the flow of local life.

8) G39

G39 (G for Gallery and 39 for the street number) is a contemporary art gallery situated in the heart of the city. The national artists program, working in close partnership with the Gallery, provides support for emerging talents, the reason why the G39 art collection is constantly being updated with innovations. The biggest artist-run gallery in Wales welcomes visitors to enjoy the most exciting visual artwork of the country.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm

Walking Tours in Cardiff, Wales

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cardiff is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cardiff Shopping Tour

Cardiff Shopping Tour

The coal-mining capital of Britain, Cardiff offers an exciting shopping opportunity in many state-of-the-art shopping centres like St.David's or Capitol. Along with modern shopping arcades, the busy Cardiff streets are packed with lovely, small specialty shops and galleries. Take this walking tour to discover some of Cardiff's best shopping spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The capital of Wales Cardiff is an exciting tourist destination, rich in historic sights and places to visit. The city center and Cardiff Bay area are particularly popular with visitors for the number of cultural locations contained - museums, theaters, art centers and more. Take this self-guided tour and have a great time exploring key attractions of Cardiff.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Religious Tour in Cardiff

Religious Tour in Cardiff

The long and rich history of Wales is reflected by the presence of beautiful religious buildings. Cathedrals and churches had always dominated the architectural landscape of Britain. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beautiful places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Walking Tour Around Cathays Park

Walking Tour Around Cathays Park

Cathays Park, also known as Cardiff Civic Centre, is the core of the Welsh Capital city. Central park area of Alexandra Gardens park is surrounded by late 19th century's stunning construction including Cardiff City Hall, Temple of Peace, Cardiff University and National Museum of Wales. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beloved landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Cardiff Family Fun Self-guided Tour

Cardiff Family Fun Self-guided Tour

Cardiff is a vibrant city and a popular tourist destination with lots of interesting places for children and their parents see and visit. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the best family fun attractions Cardiff can offer such as fascinating Techniquest science museum and workshop, Hollywood Bowl games entertainment, Wharf water-front picnic pub and many more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Architectural Jewels of Cardiff

Architectural Jewels of Cardiff

Old and new architecture beautifully combine together to create that unique and vibrant landscape of Cardiff. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the city's most prominent landmark buildings such as the University building, City Hall, Millennium Stadium and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cardiff for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cardiff has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cardiff, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.