City Orientation Walk, Cardiff

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Wales » Cardiff (See other walking tours in Cardiff)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: Nick
City Hall

1) City Hall (must see)

City Hall is a civic building in Cathays Park, Cardiff. Built of Portland stone, it became the fifth building to serve as Cardiff's centre of local government when it opened in October 1906. The competition to design a town hall and adjacent law courts for Cardiff was won in 1897 by the firm of Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards. Construction was carried out by local builders, E. Turner and Sons. Cardiff received its city charter while construction was underway, in 1905. The building is an...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Museum Cardiff

2) National Museum Cardiff (must see)

National Museum Cardiff is a museum and art gallery in Cardiff, Wales. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (formerly the National Museums and Galleries of Wales). Entry is free thanks to a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government. The National Museum of Wales was founded in 1907, when it inherited the collection of the Cardiff Museum, which shared the building of Cardiff Central Library. Construction of a new building in the civic complex of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The New Theater

3) The New Theater (must see)

The New Theatre is one of the principal theatres in Cardiff and celebrated its centenary in 2006. It is located in Cardiff city centre on Park Place, close to Cathays Park. The theatre has a capacity of 1,144, and hosts a number of touring productions including Musical theatre, plays and children's shows and also presents an annual Christmas pantomime.

The building was constructed from brick and Bath Stone and opened to the general public on 10 December 1906. The first public...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral

4) Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral (must see)

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St David, also known as St David's Cathedral Cardiff is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city centre of Cardiff and is the centre of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff. It remains the focal point for Catholic life in Cardiff, and the country as a whole. It is one of only three Roman Catholic Cathedrals in the UK which is associated with a choir school.

The original church was built at a cost of £2,124 in 1842, after fundraising in Wales and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Queen Street

5) 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...   view more
Cardiff Castle

6) Cardiff Castle (must see)

Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian architecture Gothic revival mansion, transformed from a Norman keep erected over a Roman fort in the Castle Quarter of Cardiff. In 1947, the Bute South Wales estates having all been sold, the castle, and surrounding park, was gifted to the City of Cardiff by the fifth Marquis. It is now a popular tourist attraction, and houses a regimental museum in addition to the ruins of the old castle and the Victorian reconstruction. It sits in the expansive...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Millennium Stadium

7) Millennium Stadium (must see)

The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales, located in Cardiff. It is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and also frequently stages games of the Wales national football team, but is also host to many other large scale events, such as the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, boxing and many music concerts, including Tina Turner, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, U2, Stereophonics, and the Tsunami Relief concert. It was built...   view more
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Cardiff Central Market

8) 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,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Hayes

9) The Hayes

The Hayes is a commercial area in the southern city center of Cardiff. It is mostly pedestrianized and has an open-air snack bar. The area is home to the most fashionable brands in Cardiff, becoming the luxury shopping street of the city. At The Hayes one can find several famous buildings and structures, such as Cardiff Central Library, St David's Hall - a large performing arts and conference venue, St David's shopping center, the 25 meters (82 ft) high Alliance sculpture, and Café...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Wales Millennium Centre

10) Wales Millennium Centre (must see)

Wales Millennium Centre is an arts centre located in the Cardiff Bay area of Cardiff. The site covers a total area of 4.7 acres (1.9 ha). The centre has hosted performances of opera, ballet, dance, comedy and musicals.

Locally nicknamed "the Armadillo", the Centre comprises one large theatre and two smaller halls with shops, bars and restaurants. It houses the national orchestra and opera, dance, theatre and literature companies, a total of eight arts organisations in residence. The...   view more
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11) Techniquest (must see)

Techniquest is a large science center containing interactive exhibitions. Visitors can conduct their own experiments and other hands-on activities in specially designed Discovery Room, enjoy the exciting presentations in Science Theatre and observe the breathtaking views in the planetarium. Techniquest is a great cultural venue for all the family.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm (during school holidays); Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (during school...   view more
Pierhead Building

12) Pierhead Building

The Pierhead Building stands as one of the city of Cardiff's most familiar landmarks and was built in 1897 as the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company. The clock on the building is unofficially known as the "Baby Big Ben" or the "Big Ben of Wales", and also serves as a Welsh history museum. The Pierhead Building is part of the estate of the National Assembly for Wales, which also includes the Senedd and Ty Hywel. It was a replacement for the headquarters of the Bute...   view more
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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: 4.1 km
Museums and Galleries Walk in Cardiff

Museums and Galleries Walk in Cardiff

The capital of Wales Cardiff offers a unique cultural experience for art lovers and people who are passionate about archaeology and history. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the fascinating world of Wales National Museum, glorious expressions of Welsh Soldier military museum and many lovely visual art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 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 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
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
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