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The City Sightseeing open-top bus tour around Cardiff

They're the big red ones that you see all over town, they go every half an hour and they let you jump on and off at selected spots around town.

You get a set of personal headphones with a running commentary and the complete loop takes just under an hour. Make sure you come armed with cash - cards aren't accepted.
Your tickets also gets you money off at the castle and the Doctor Who Experience. And there's a free map thrown in.
The bus stops at:
STOP 1 - Cardiff Castle
STOP 2 - National Museum of Wales
STOP 3 - Fitzalan Place
STOP 4 - Doctor Who Experience
STOP 5: Cardiff Bay
STOP 6: Mermaid Quay
STOP 7: Techniquest
STOP 8: Craft In The Bay
STOP 9: Lloyd George Avenue
STOP 10: Millennium Stadium

What you need to know:
The City SightSeeing tour starts outside the Castle on the hour and half past the hour - the first one goes at 10am, the last one at 5pm during the summer holidays, although it finishes earlier out of season.
Adults tickets are priced at £12; Children are £7 (aged five to 15); Seniors and students are £9.50. You can get a family ticket for two adults and three kids for £30, so that's a good saving.A ticket gets you 10% off admissions to Cardiff Castle and the Doctor Who Experience and, let’s face it, every penny counts in the summer holidays.

Wye Valley heritage trail

The Wye Valley can easily be reached by train. The valleys offers dramatic landscapes and nature trails, as well as great food. This is the borderland where King Arthur ruled, the Romans bathed, the Normans settled, pilgrims worshipped and Turner sketched. Today, it’s a place where grapes ripen, salmon leap, markets bustle and culture thrives. Walkers, mountain bikers and canoeists love the place. And a large chunk of it is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you like history and castles, then this is the right place for you!

Must see:

  1. Chepstow Castle
Chepstow’s Great Tower keep was commissioned by William the Conqueror barely a year after the Battle of Hastings, making this Britain’s oldest surviving post-Roman stone castle. Three major building phases followed. Overlooking the Wye, its position was highly strategic. We don’t mind a bit if you pop across to the English side of the river – the views from there are fantastic.

2) Chepstow High Street
Chepstow, which means marketplace in Old English, offers relaxed, niche shopping in arty surroundings. Lined with handsome Georgian and Victorian buildings, the heart of town was made even more appealing in the mid-2000s. An award-winning scheme added pedestrian areas and intriguing stone walls and sculptures, inspired by local lore.

3) Old Wye Bridge
This Regency road bridge has carried traffic from Chepstow to Gloucestershire since 1816. With massive pillars topped by five arches of gracefully curved cast iron, it crosses one of the world’s most tidal stretches of river. Between high and low tide, the Wye can drop by almost 15 metres.

4) Wye Valley Walk
From Chepstow Castle car park, a 17-mile waymarked walk meanders all the way to Monmouth via the Lower Wye. This wooded gorge is both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If the distance sounds a bit challenging, you could just sample a section.

5) Tintern Abbey and Devils Pulpit
The sublime ruins of Tintern Abbey are less than six miles from the centre of Chepstow by bike, bus or car. From here, you can cross the Wye footbridge for a lovely woodland walk. Head for the Offa’s Dyke Path to Devil’s Pulpit, which offers dramatic views back to Tintern.

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About Peartree Languages

Peartree Languages is a language school located in Cardiff.


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