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Free Walking Tour of Cardiff Bay

Historic buildings, sea views and a hotel that doubles as a museum: join us in discovering the best of Cardiff Bay on this free walking tour of one of the Welsh capital's most popular districts.

Cardiff Bay Free Walking Tour Itinerary

Meet your guide at 3 pm at the Wales Millennium Centre, the enormous contemporary cultural centre in the heart of Cardiff. From here, you'll begin exploring Cardiff Bay, one of the most emblematic neighbourhoods in the Welsh capital.

The first stop on your free walking tour will be the old Coal Exchange. The beautiful façade of the historic Renaissance Revival style building will undoubtedly leave an impression on you. In the 19th century, this was one of the hubs of the global coal trade and shipping industry; nowadays it is home to a luxury hotel and features a museum dedicated to the history of the building too.

Strolling through the streets of Cardiff's business district, you'll relive the years of the Industrial Revolution. From industry to culture, you'll next hear all about renowned author Roald Dahl, who was born in Cardiff. Have you got a favourite book by the writer? 

Next, you'll head over to the Senedd, or the Welsh National Assembly, passing by the Pierhead Building on the walk. The striking red façade of this dockside structure makes it one of the most recognisable buildings in the city. 

Reaching the Norwegian Church and Arts Centre, you'll feel as though you've travelled to Scandinavia without leaving Cardiff. From there, you'll make your way to Butetown, one of the Welsh capital's most historic neighbourhoods, and named after a local family who you'll hear all about on your tour. Finally, you'll visit Mermaid Quay, a shopping centre located right on the waterfront. 

At 5 pm, your free walking tour of Cardiff Bay will come to an end.

You decide the price

Our tour guides work exclusively for tips received from visitors. At the end of your tour, you'll be invited to pay them the price you think their service deserves.


Please note: it is not possible to reserve this free walking tour around Cardiff Bay for groups of more than 6 people.

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Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

Tours or activities will not consist of more than 10 people per group.

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.


English speaking guide.

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

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Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.


Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Wales Millennium Centre.