|Cardiff's Forgotten Past
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Step back in time to a Cardiff long gone!
Who said history was about muddled dates and boring buildings! Do your own bit of time travelling on this riveting 90 minute gently paced and traffic free walk through the city centre’s past.
Enjoy history brought to life through colourful stories of its forgotten past, lost streets and lively people.
Never a base for Royals and power like London or Edinburgh, Cardiff was like a Tudor version of the Barbary coast, where pirates, merchants, nobles, and martyrs walked, lived, thrived and died within the confines of a tiny walled town whose population hardly changed for 600 years. Alas not much remains of that life, swept away by the age of coal and industry. Yet there are facts about our long forgotten history, and its citizens, that will amaze you. On this walk you will discover:
Why the walled Tudor town of Cardiff was called the prettiest in Wales and yet is the only British Capital to have been devastated by both fire AND flood in its history;
Our little known ties to the most legendary monarchs: Richard III; Henry VIII; Lady Jane Grey; Queen Elizabeth I and many other Royals through the centuries;
What life was like for some wealthy characters in Cardiff – privileged, all powerful, even all mighty!
What life was like for the poor in Cardiff – wonderful ways to make a living, some exciting times, but a terrible price to pay for minor wrong doing;
How the settled life of the small walled town vanished overnight, with a painful birth as the world’s largest coal port and future Capital.
This walk is available on a private basis only, by appointment, at £5 per person (subject to availability and a minimum charge of £25). To book a private walk please click here
Duration: 100 minutes
Meeting point: Tourist Information Centre entrance, The Hayes.
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