Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.
We don’t live far from Cardiff, but like anyone, a lot of the time we take our lovely city for granted. We dash in and out, doing what we need to do, but never taking the time to truly look around and appreciate what’s on offer, let alone delve into the history of such a fantastic city. So, this week we were lucky enough to have a family trip upon one of the City Sightseeing open-top buses, to find out a little more about Cardiff and to check out its beauty without any distractions.
It was a lovely sunny day so we chose to sit upstairs on the bus, right at the back giving us a fab view of the city (and we could still hear the tour guide!). We all snuggled up and reminded the children to stay seated during the trip, and off we went.
We started our journey at Cardiff Castle, and it was pretty awesome to see it from a different viewpoint and really take it in. It’s completely majestic, and it reminded me how overdue we are for a visit!
The trip consists of several stops along the way to the bay and then back to the pick-up point by the castle. What I loved most was the opportunity for people to hop-on and hop-off as they go, and the buses run from 10am until 4.30pm so there’s plenty of time for you to hop-off and have a wander before returning to your desired location.
I really loved the tour, from the beautiful sights to the interesting facts from the humorous tour-guide. There were a few jokes, all well received and I loved hearing about things such as the tunnel running from the courthouse to the prison for prisoners really interesting, as well as little unknown (to me!) facts such as Bute Street being the longest street in Cardiff or the fact that for many years Cardiff set the coal price for the world! Such fascinating and interesting facts, and they tie in perfectly with places such as Cardiff Story Museum, a wonderful place well worth visiting to find out even more about the history of Cardiff.
George and Molly had such a fab time, you can check out George’s video below to get an idea of what it’s like…
He’s hilarious, and I think he had a lot of fun! Molly was snap-happy so I’ve included her photography below…
I think my favourite stops were Cardiff Bay because of the beautiful architecture (Wales Millennium Centre and the Pierhead Building two of my favourites!) as well as the area surrounding Cardiff Museum; I loved learning about the Statue of Peace, an angel with an olive branch and a dove. She is so beautiful, and to discover her meaning really touched my heart.
We all loved the tour, and before we exited the bus we introduced ourselves to our lovely driver, Steven. He was so sweet to George and Molly, even allowing them to try out the driver’s seat! They loved it and it was so wonderful for them to have such a special moment to end the tour.
I cannot praise this company, tour and staff highly enough. We were welcomed warmly, and we learnt a lot along the way! I would definitely recommend using the ticket for the entire two days, leisurely exploring the gorgeous sights of such a wonderful city, whether you’re visiting or living local to Cardiff, you’ll learn something new and see the city with fresh eyes!
Tickets start at £12.50 and for a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) you’d only pay £34.00. The ticket also lasts for 24 hours, so you get two days worth of travel, perfect for exploring the gorgeous Welsh capital. The bus runs from 10am til 4.30pm, with live guides and multilingual guides available throughout the day.
Have you tried out this fabulous tour?