Do-It-Yourself Audio Tours

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the past, at a time and pace to suit you, with our audio walking tours of Cardiff.

Thanks to a partnership with Voicemap, we have designed and recorded these tours to give you as near as you can get to a personal guided tour, delivered with local knowledge and passion.

Voicemap is a global specialist in the creation of immersive audio tours which use GPS and smartphone technology.

It is so easy to use! All you need is the Voicemap walking tour app, available for iPhone and Android. It uses your location to play audio automatically and includes offline maps. Just put on your headphones and you’re ready to explore!

Listen while you walk with GPS Autoplay

Your phone’s built-in GPS is accurate to between 5 and 15 metres. We have used this to bring to life your walk through Cardiff's history, pointing out tiny details at exactly the right time. We also use it to give you directions too.

Use the app offline to save on data and roaming costs

You can download Voicemap audio tours with a single tap before you leave your WiFi zone. They come with offline maps, and you don’t have to pay for data while you’re out exploring.

Please click on the titles below for more information on each audio tour.

You can select "Preview" to hear a free sample of each tour. There is a charge for downloading the full tour for the price shown.

 

CHECK OUT OUR CARDIFF AUDIO TOURS!

Tour 1) A Journey Back to Tudor Cardiff ($3.99 for full tour download)*

This 60 minute tour guides you through Cardiff City Centre and Bute Park, hearing the stories of what you would have seen on that exact route in the 1500s, what events you might have witnessed on your journey, what colourful (and notorious!) characters you might have met. Period music and sound effects bring this journey vividly to life. 

On this tour you can discover.....

  • how The Hayes got its name 
  • the hustle and bustle of Tudor St Mary Street 
  • how people lived their lives
  • the riotous merry making of the Tudor Cardiff Fairs

...and witness

  • public punishments carried out in the streets of Cardiff
  • the sounds of the Tudor dock as their infamous pirates swagger around
  • the fall of the Cardiff friars
  • a grand Tudor Banquet
  • some incredible Tudor characters from Cardiff who played key roles in British history.

For more information and to download your audio tour of A Journey Back to Tudor Cardiff, please click here

* The price is quoted in dollars but when purchasing you will be prompted to do so at the prevailing exchange rate value in your own currency. $3.99 = apprx £3.00 or apprx €3.40 

 

Tour 2) Cardiff's Civic Centre ($2.99 for full tour download)*

This 40 minute tour takes you on a journey through a momentous time in Cardiff's history: explosive economic growth in the 19th century ushered in a passion and desire to project Cardiff as a world city and a "Capital City in Waiting".

The result is this landscaped park, beautified with gardens, boulevards, statues, and monumental buildings whose designs send messages about Cardiff, Wales and its place in world.

The buildings themselves tell many other stories, however (often hidden unless you know where to look!):

  • A desire to project Cardiff, which had grown almost out of nowhere overnight, as a city to be admired
  • A desire for Wales, its language, and culture, to be recognised after centuries of conquest and relegation as a nation
  • How the tone and style of the buildings changed with the approach of twentieth century wars and economic hardship
  • For more information and to download your audio tour of Cardiff's Civic Centre, please click here

    * The price is quoted in dollars but when purchasing you will be prompted to do so at the prevailing exchange rate value in your own currency. $2.99 = apprx £2.30 or apprx €2.60 

     

    Coming soon: The Llandaff Ghost Walk audio tour!