Cardiff tourist scavenger hunt

Cardiff 3-hour self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt

Are you looking for things to do around Cardiff? Try our self-guided walking tour & scavenger hunt to walk the historical government, education, and castle district.

Walk from City Hall to the Welsh Government and Cardiff Castle while seeing the universities, market, burial grounds, and much more. Solve challenges at every stop to learn your next destination. You’ll also learn some local history and fun facts.

This activity is adapted for social distancing.

  • Do it in a small group (up to 6).
  • The guide is our mobile website, on your smartphone.
  • Go at your own pace, no time limit.
  • No need to touch anything or enter any building.

Scavenger Hunt information :

  • City Hall
  • Welsh Government
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Anthony Hopkins Center
  • St John The Baptist Church
  • Cardiff Museum
  • The old market
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Wales
  • And much more!
  • Starting point: outside the City Hall Lawn, Cardiff CF10 3ND, UK
  • Distance: 3.5 km / 2.2 mi
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Method: walking
  • Required: Fully charged smartphone with internet access (data plan) – Wifi will not be enough.
  • Suggested:
    • Water bottle
    • Local map

Ancient History

This area was settled at least 8000 years ago during the Neolithic. That’s 1500 years before Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Celtics flourished here until the Roman conquest.

Romans arrived and built a fort and established a presence here as of 50 CE. They remained until the 2nd or 3rd centuries when the Saxons moved in.

In the 11th century, Normans conquered the British isles. In the early 15th century, Owain Glyndwr burned the city and took possession of the castle. Welsh culture took hold. 

The port was completed by the end of the 18th century. This facilitated trade with Bristol. The railway arrived in the 1830s. Cardiff finally became a county borough in 1889.

Modern History

Cardiff became a city in 1905 and the capital of Wales in 1955. The city hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1958.

In 1997, Cardiff voters rejected a Welsh National Assembly, in favor of British identity.

The Cardiff Tourist Scavenger Hunt is in development

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