Private Doctor Who Tour of Cardiff and South Wales

Explore the home of 'new' Who

This tour is perfect for those of us who live, breath, and love Doctor Who! Led by a Whovian, who loves Doctor Who as much as you do, this tour promises not to disappoint. Starting with a walking tour of Doctor Who locations in Cardiff City Centre, during the afternoon portion of the tour your driver/guide will take you out of the city to some of the most iconic new Who locations including the famous (and tear-jerking) Bad Wolf Bay. During your tour, not only will you explore the filming locations and how they are used in the BBC’s hit TV series, your guide will also explain the history, and importance, of the locations which you are visiting. Along the way you will visit the National Museum in Cardiff, St John’s Church (the oldest church in Cardiff) and a whole Tardis load of locations.   

Visit: (the tour includes, but is not limited, to the following locations)

As we want you to see Bad Wolf Bay at its best during low tide, the route of the tour is subject to change.  However, all these locations, and many more, will be visited during the tour.

The tour includes, but is not limited to:

Cardiff City Centre, starting with a pick up at your accommodation, most tours will start by exploring the Welsh capital, Cardiff, on foot. This gives us access to some of the stunning historic buildings in a city centre which is heavily pedestrianised. Along the way we will see locations from a range of Doctor Who episodes including the very first episode ‘Rose’, and how the Doctor Who team managed to film in the centre of Cardiff with the ‘pop princess’ Kylie Minogue without anyone disrupting the filming.

National Museum Cardiff, The National Museum Cardiff has appeared in numerous episodes of Doctor Who, Sherlock and other film and TV productions set and filmed in Wales. Home to one of the best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art in the world, it is worth a visit even before you consider its links to Doctor Who! During your visit to the National Museum, your guide will show you some of the highlights of the collection, including works by Monet, van Gogh, and Cézanne. Your guide will also point out where the painting ‘Gallifrey Falls No More’ was placed in the gallery during the filming of the 50th-anniversary episode ‘The Day of the Doctor’.

Please note that the Museum is closed on Monday’s and so tours booked on Monday will be unable to visit the interior of the museum. To compensate for this we will add several alternate locations to the tour.

Cardiff Bay is not only home to the BBC Roath Lock Studios where Doctor Who is filmed, but it also one of the most heavily used areas in Cardiff when it comes to Doctor Who filming. This stunning part of the capital is full of Doctor Who locations including:

The Wales Millennium Centre, possibly the most iconic building in Cardiff The Wales Millennium Centre is home to several resident arts organisations, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales (both of which regularly provide music for Doctor Who). Used as a major location in several episodes of Doctor Who, most Doctor Who fans will recognise this building from its appearance in the episode ‘New Earth’. Also used as a location in “The Sounds of Drums”, “The Girl Who Waited” and “Vincent and the Doctor” your guide will explain what the filming crews love so much about this location, which is literally on their doorstep!

Ianto’s Shrine, Ianto’s Shrine is not only a shrine to the dead fictional character Ianto Jones from the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, but is also a shrine to the fans love of all things related to Doctor Who. At the shrine, you will be able to admire some of the numerous artefacts and items that fans have left behind to commemorate one of the Whoniverse’s most memorable characters, and if you are willing, add your own momento to the shrine. Whilst at Ianto’s shrine your guide will explain how Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Class have changed the Welsh capital forever and why having an extended universe was so important to Russell T Davies, the man who brought Doctor Who back to our screens.

St Fagans National Museum of History, was voted the Art’s Fund Museum of the Year in 2019 and it is, and always has been, one of our favourite places to visit!  This unique museum is home to historic buildings from across Wales which have been carefully dismantled and lovingly restored onsite at St Fagan’s Museum. Many of these buildings have appeared in a popular Tenth Doctor two-parter ‘Human Nature/Family of Blood’ and part of St Fagins appeared in the season 12 finale episodes “Ascension of the Cybermen” and “The Timeless Children”. Whilst at St Fagan’s we will stop for lunch either in their excellent cafe or if you prefer you can bring your own packed lunch for a picnic within the grounds.

Southerndown/Bad Wolf Bay Southerndown has appeared throughout Doctor Who in episodes including ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ to ‘The Time of the Angels’. However, most people will recognise Southerndown as Bad Wolf Bay from the highly emotional ‘Doomsday’ where the Doctor says goodbye to Rose from across the void. In good weather, you will have time here to explore the beach, which forms part of the heritage coast and if you are feeling brave, you might even be able to dip your toes into the waters at this award-winning beach!

David & Chris
David & Chris
2020-08-24
Thank you Henry for an amazing day out! We took this tour with Henry a few days ago and really enjoyed it. We're sometimes a bit wary of booking a private tour as a Gay couple (you never know what the guide is going to be like) but Henry made us both feel totally at ease. He collected us from our hotel, provided us with face masks and hand sanitizer, and drove us out to the Cotswolds. We were also really lucky that Henry was able to get us into places that are currently closed to the public, thanks to his relationship with the locations that we visited. He was charming, well informed, and funny. Henry was able to tell us lots of interesting facts about the places that we visited, and told us where to stand to get the best photos. Thanks for an amazing day out, will definately book with Tours of the UK again in the future.
Selina E
Selina E
2020-02-16
I spy with my little eye.... We took this tour with Chris in January whilst we were visiting after Christmas. The tour is really informative, full of great facts and stories, and even included some locations from the James Bond franchise. It was great hearing the history of the British Secret Services and their exploits during the Second World War and The Cold War. We also had no idea that Roald Dalh was a spy and had helped write the Bond films. We'll be back for the Bond Tour next time.
Eric D
Eric D
2020-02-16
Great day out with Dewi We took out grandkids on the tour with Dewi and it was fantastic. The grandkids loved every second of tour and the locations that we visited. Highly recommended for any Doctor Who fan
KingBooScaresYou
KingBooScaresYou
2020-01-30
Absolutely fantastic tour! I had the pleasure of going on the Churchill walking tour today with my guide Karl. As an avid history fan I was in my element seeing the famous sites, and Karl really brought them to life. He couldn't have been more friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic, and evidently has a real passion for history which came across in this tour. I thoroughly recommend Karl and this tour to any fellow history geeks out there! You wont be disappointed! Thanks for an amazing day!!
Karen W
Karen W
2019-12-01
Excellent value Kathryn was a great host very knowledgable about sherlock movies and other movies shot in the area. We went past the sherlock Holmes pub and many more places of interest
Natalie D
Natalie D
2019-11-16
Really fun day out! I went on the Harry Potter tour with Dewi and he was brilliant. Was a really fun tour and so informative. I looooooove Harry Potter and it was so cool learning all the facts and seeing the spots of filming. Would definitely recommend!
Lauren
Lauren
2019-11-15
Absolute riot I went on a hybrid tour with Dewi at the end of the summer and it was such good fun, me and my friend (we’re the folks in the pictures in the header!) got to wander round London being absolute needs and learning about the locations of doctor who and Harry Potter and evening stopping off at some of London’s best drinking establishments. Dewi was very knowledgable and a lot of fun, would recommend in a heartbeat!
Cez1984
Cez1984
2019-11-15
Dewi was a fantastic guide! Brilliant tour around lots of filming sights in London and a chance to recreate famous scenes from the film. Our guide Dewi was really informative and enthusiastic and we had a really good laugh all throughout the whole tour. Highly recommended