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Cardiff's Forgotten Past

Tourist Information Centre in The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH, Wales
07538 878609
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Ranked #28 of 79 Activities in Cardiff
Type: Walking tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: This walk is brought to you by "Cardiff History and Hauntings" offering professional guided walks discovering Cardiff's past. On a gentle walk through the heart of Cardiff hear stories of a town long gone: gang warfare between powerful families on the Tudor streets, pirates seeking haven and sheltered by nobles, statesmen holding the highest office in the land, martyrs who died for their faith, and poor folk who worked hard but paid a heavy price for minor crimes.

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Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We are just back from Cardiff - we saw an advertisement for this tour on the railings on St. John's Church and just showed up at the appointed time on Saturday morning. Jim walked us through Cardiff, telling us about the Cardiff that existed in Tudor times - the links with the Tudor monarchs, the most powerful families in Cardiff... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Jim gave my wife and I the perfect tour of Cardiff and Castell Coch in mid-April. Completely accommodating and very engaging, Jim's love for Cardiff and Wales was evident during our one day tour. He drove us to Castell Coch in his personal vehicle and then dropped us off at Cardiff Bay even though it was completely out of his... More

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I called Friday night to inquire about booking a next day tour with the assumption it wouldn't be possible. However, I was pleasantly surprised when Jim said "absolutely" even though I was the only reservation! He was even kind enough to tailor it to my situation, since it was my first time in Cardiff. Though it was raining and dreary,... More

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Dorset
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6 reviews 6 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I originally contacted Jim to book a private tour of Castell Coch and was so impressed that I also decided to book this tour as part of our weekend visit to Wales. We started the 90 minute tour at 10am on Saturday morning outside the tourist information centre as part of a group of 7. As per the other reviews,... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

I went on this tour yesterday and was amazed that despite being born and bred in Cardiff I still knew so little about the place I call home. Jim is truly a fantastic tour guide who knows everything there is to know about Cardiff and then some. He took us on a journey around the city centre and gave indepth... More

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Cardiff
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6 reviews 6 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

We decided to go on this walk after doing Jim's Llandaff Ghost Walk (which is excellent by the way). We are lifelong Cardiffians but had some friends staying so wanted them to share in Jim's passion for this city. What really makes these tours so great for me is the passion with which Jim conducts them - he really absolutely... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

I've lived in Cardiff for 30 years but this tour told me so much about the place that I did not know that I saw it again in a new way. This is a great tour if you know Cardiff or if you don't. I went with my wife but it would be good for families with older children or... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

My wife and I were both born in Cardiff so Jim's stories lifted the veil on some of the things we didn't know about our home town. Our friends from Woking who came with us found it equally fascinating. Most of all, Jim is a genuinely interesting person both to listen to and to talk to. His knowledge of Cardiff... More

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Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

We liked Jim's Llandaff ghost walking tour so much we decided to take this tour as well, and were so glad we did! It's a really fun way to get a feel for the city, both its long history and what it offers today. We arrived in Cardiff in the mid-morning and were not really thrilled with the city; as... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

This was brilliant, Jim has some many stories to tell on Cardiffs history and keeps you captivated for whole walk, which doesn't take you that far around the city centre. This really helped shape our trip into a truly memorable occasion, telling us many things we did not know and from the sounds of it alot of local people too!

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