Delve into the fascinating history and vibrant culture of Cardiff on this free walking tour: discover Medieval castles, elegant Victorian arcades and a traditional local pub!
Cardiff Free Walking Tour Itinerary
Meet your guide at 11 am next to the statue of John Batchelor located in The Hayes, a pedestrianised area in the heart of Cardiff city centre. From here, you'll make your way over to Bute Park, the city's green lung. Did you know it is one of the largest parks in Wales?
Cardiff claims to have the highest concentration of castles of any city in the world, and not far from Bute Park you'll reach one of the most famous: Cardiff Castle, an important symbol of Wales. Make a stop here to take in the views of the majestic façade of the building, which is a Victorian Gothic Revival mansion built on top of an 11th century Norman castle, which was constructed upon the ruins of a 3rd century Roman fort! Discover what remains of the Roman wall, the Medieval fortress and the Clocktower as you explore this historic site. You'll also learn about the Bute family and Owain Glyndŵr, who was the last Welshman to hold the title of Price of Wales.
Head to Principality Stadium next, a favourite spot for sports fans. Do you know which event it was constructed for? Wandering through the picturesque streets of the Castle Quarter, you'll pay a visit to Cardiff Central Market. This Victorian market has been open since the late 19th century, and is packed with food stalls selling typical local produce and delicacies.
Discover one of the city's typical pubs and hear all about its namesake, Aneurin Bevan, before you make your way over to the emblematic Church of St John the Baptist, the only one in the city which dates back to pre-Medieval times. On the walk over, your guide will tell you some fascinating facts about the Welsh language!
Finally, you'll pay a visit to Cardiff's traditional Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades, an iconic feature for which the city is famous. The most well-known, the Royal Arcade, has welcomed shoppers since 1858.
Your free walking tour of Cardiff will come to end at 1:30 pm in the city centre.
Please note: it is not possible to reserve this free walking tour of Cardiff for groups of more than 6 people.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
2 hours 30 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You will receive an email with your ticket attached which you must print out and show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not advisable for people with reduced mobility).
Statue of John Batchelor.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.