Cardiff Shopping Tour, Cardiff (Self Guided)

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.
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Cardiff Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Cardiff Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Wales » Cardiff (See other walking tours in Cardiff)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Author: Nick

1) Troutmark

Troutmark is one of those lovely, second-hand book stores where one might get lost in an amazing book labyrinth. It is the large old book shop in the city that offers books with a wide range of topics and genres. Check out the bargain shelf to buy a really cheap book. The first floor of the shop is a paradise for the fantasy and science-fiction lovers. Many people come here to buy a rare book at a reasonable price.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5:15 pm; Sunday: 11:15 am - 4 pm
Welsh Lovespoon Gallery

2) Welsh Lovespoon Gallery

Nestled near the Cardiff Castle, Lovespoons Gallery is a lovely crafts shop that offers the world's largest handmade wooden carved lovespoons. Lovespoons shop keeps the Welsh traditions of the 17th century alive: a carved lovespoon gift given to a woman symbolized the gentleman's affection and was a sign of man's serious intentions. Inside the shop you can see the world's smallest and biggest lovespoons. You can buy something really unique and beautiful for your loved ones.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cardiff Market

3) Cardiff Market

Set inside a wonderful Victorian building, Cardiff Central Market offers a unique shopping experience. The trading began here more than 300 years ago, but nevertheless the structure still preserves many beautiful old features such as the clock made by H.Samuel jewelry chain, that is placed above the entrance. The glass roof is a great architectural addition and it provides good lighting to the stalls. Cardiff Market amazes with the wide variety of gastronomical products on display, providing an exciting, wandering, smell-and-see tour.

4) Waterstones

Waterstones, Cardiff's premier book vendors, is one of the leading UK book stores that offers a large range of books with interesting topics, bestsellers, table games, guides and maps, greetings and postcards, encyclopedias, dictionaries and colourful books for children. Waterstones revives classical gift traditions and provides a spacious, thematically-arranged, eye-catching environment in which to shop.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Spiller's Records

5) Spiller's Records

Spillers Records, established in 1894, is the oldest record shop in the world. It is located in Cardiff, Wales. In addition to selling music, it is the city's main location for buying tickets to alternative music concerts. Spillers was founded in 1894 by Henry Spiller at its original location in Queen’s Arcade, where the shop specialized in the sale of phonographs, wax phonograph cylinders and shellac phonograph discs. In the early 1920s, Spiller's son Edward took over the business and with the aid of the popular accordionist and bandleader Joe Gregory, sold musical instruments alongside the pre-recorded music. In the late 1940s, Henry moved the shop around the corner to larger premises on The Hayes, where it has remained ever since.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am -6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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 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
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
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
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
Cardiff Daily Life Tour

Cardiff Daily Life Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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.