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Address: Tourist Information Centre in The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH, Wales
Phone Number: 07538 878609
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This walk is brought to you by "Cardiff History and Hauntings"...

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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What a great evening!

A group of us went on James' Civic Centre Tour last night. It sounds quite boring but it was really interesting. We are all Cardiff residents, most for at least a couple of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2016
Bryn_the_Great
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Roving Brit
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

A group of us went on James' Civic Centre Tour last night. It sounds quite boring but it was really interesting. We are all Cardiff residents, most for at least a couple of decades, but we learnt such a lot about the history and people who were influential in Cardiff's past. James has clearly spent a lot of time researching... More 

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JimCardiffresident, Owner/operator at Cardiff's Forgotten Past, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great feedback. It was a pleasure meeting your group and it was a very memorable evening for me too: the first time for me to do a tour of the civic centre in the evening instead of the day and I felt that the calm serenity of the avenues and ornamental gardens at that... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This tour is great for covering the bits of history you never hear about - where did Cardiff residents grow their food? Why is the doorway to St John's Church so far below street level? What did the place smell like in Tudor times? Jim builds up a picture of exactly what you would have been able to see, hear... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 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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35 reviews
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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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 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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2 Thank DorsetPetal
Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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4 Thank Stanmax
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 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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