Cardiff's Forgotten Past


Three city walks to learn Cardiff's story as never before!

Who said history was about muddled dates and boring buildings! Do your own bit of time travelling on these riveting 100 minute gently paced and largely traffic free walks through the city centre’s past.

Each tour has its own theme, but all complement each other with surprising facts about Cardiff's Forgotten Past and help you get under the skin of the story of this City!

Please note: these tours are available only on a PRIVATE basis by appointment and subject to availability.

£7.50 per person with a minimum charge per walk of £50.

So take your pick from the walks below!

Walk 1: It's a Royal City but not as we know it!

Cardiff is so different as a Capital City compared to the other Capitals of Britain, Edinburgh and London: never the home to Royal rulers of Wales, it lacks the palaces and Royal sites of those other cities.

However, few realise just how remarkable Cardiff's connections are to the stories and the fates of both English and Welsh Royalty.  The fate of Royal rulers of England and Wales has been influenced and even altered by people from Cardiff and events in Cardiff.  

Similarly Royal rulers from England and Wales have played a crucial role in the fate, fortunes, and ongoing story of Cardiff.

On this unique take on the history of Cardiff we follow what was the medieval road network of the centre of Cardiff, with stories of links between Cardiff and English and Welsh Royals from the 12th to the 21st centuries.  

The stories may surprise you.  They are colourful, remarkable, bizarre, even downright hilarious!  

Subject to availability the walk includes visits to relevant key sites to these stories, including the 15th Century Church of St John the Baptist, and the grounds of Cardiff Castle. We end at the Civic Centre and inside the glorious neo-Baroque City Hall, which symbolised reconciliation between Cardiff and Monarchy as both the role of the city and the role of the Monarchy went through a dramatic transformation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This is a private walk at a date and time to suit (subject to availability).  

£7.50 per person (minimum total charge £50)

To enquire about a private walk on the theme "It's a Royal City but not as we know it!" please click here

To confirm your booking with a £50 deposit, please click here


Walk 2: Life in a Tudor Town

The Tudor dynasty, Britain's most colourful, had strong Welsh connections, and Wales's fortunes changed dramatically during the 120 years of the Tudor era which lasted from 1485-1603.

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 this tiny walled town on the Taff.  

This walk takes you back in time to walk the streets as if you had been walking them in Tudor times:

  • The streets scenes as you would have seen, heard and even smelled them
  • Cardiff characters, rich and poor, you might have been lucky enough, or unlucky enough, to bump into!
  • Everyday life of ordinary folk: the markets, the festivals, the hardships, the punishments!

Subject to availability, this walk includes visits to relevant historic sites, including the 15th Century Church of St John the Baptist and the grounds of Cardiff Castle. 

This is a private walk at a date and time to suit (subject to availability)

£7.50 per person (minimum total charge £50) 

To enquire about a private walk on the theme "Life in a Tudor Town" please click here

To confirm your booking with a £50 deposit, please click here

 

Walk 3: The Civic Centre walk

One of the city’s greatest secrets is its Civic Centre in Cathays Park (adjacent to Cardiff Castle): a suite of palatial civic buildings whose domes, gleaming white towers, marble halls, colonnades, formal gardens and tree lined avenues make this place easily the finest presentation of civic buildings in Britain. No other British city boasts such a combination of architectural order, elegance, and co-ordination.

This walk tells the story of how the Victorian town fathers became ever more determined and impatient to place Cardiff on the world map, with ambitious dreams of a glorious city. The resulting buildings display pride in Cardiff’s emerging status combined with a rediscovery of Welsh nationhood and culture not felt for centuries. and sometimes more subtle symbols of national pride: baby sleeping dragons and hidden daffodils!

This walk also points out how the design of the different buildings reflects the changing fortunes of a twentieth century city.  Finally, we step back to the time before the Civic Centre was created, to discover what lay here before: medieval farmsteads, a magnificent palatial house long; a temple like structure reminiscent of India; a lake; a jungle; and a giant garden party!

This is a private walk at a date and time to suit (subject to availability).  

£7.50 per person (minimum total charge £50)

To enquire about a private walk on the theme "The Civic Centre walk" please click here

To confirm your booking with a £50 deposit, please click here

Practicalities

Duration of each walk: 100 minutes

Meeting point: Negotiable to suit, please enquire.

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