Doctor Who Private Day Tour of Cardiff and South Wales

This tour is perfect for those who live, breathe, and love Doctor Who! Led by a Whovian who loves Doctor Who as much as you do, we will take you to some of the most iconic “new Who” locations. Starting with a walking tour of Doctor Who locations in Cardiff, we will drive out of the city to visit more 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.

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2. National Museum Cardiff

Cardiff National Museum
Cardiff National Museum

The National Museum Cardiff is a filming location for several Doctor Who episodes as well as The Blind Banker episode of Sherlock. We will also explore the nearby civic centre, which includes St Luke’s University from series 10, the location of Danny Pink’s death and “Sheffield” police station.

Whilst at the National Museum, your guide will show you some of the highlights of the collection as well as the spaces used in filming for Doctor Who – including the room where Gallifrey Falls/No More was displayed in the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.

Please note: The Museum is closed on Monday’s. Tours booked on Monday will be unable to visit the interior of the museum, but other locations will be added to the tour by the guide on the day to compensate for this.

3. Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is the modern name for the old Cardiff Docks which at their height were the largest coal exporting docks in the world. Owned by the Marquis of Bute, the Jeff Bezos of the day, the area was as multicultural then as it is today.

It is home to the Wales Millenium Centre, Roald Dahl Plass, The Senedd, BBC Wales’ Studio and countless Doctor Who filming locations. Whilst “down the bay” as the locals would say, your guide will show you around one of the most interesting, and beautiful parts of Cardiff, the locations used during the filming of Doctor Who, and its more adult spin-off Torchwood including the internationally famous Ianto’s Shrine.

4. Welsh National Assembly Senedd

Welsh National Assembly Senedd
Welsh National Assembly Senedd

The National Assembly for Wales, known as the Senedd, is the home of Welsh devolved democracy. Once through security, you will learn how this government building has been used in Doctor Who and how the James Bond film Spectre was refused filming access.

5. Wales Millennium Centre

The Wales Millennium Centre
The Wales Millennium Centre

The Wales Millennium Centre is one of the newest and most iconic buildings in Cardiff. Home to several resident arts organisations, it’s a major location in several episodes of Doctor Who. Perhaps most notable for its appearance in New Earth, the Wales Millennium Centre has also been seen in The Sounds of Drums, The Girl Who Waited and Vincent and the Doctor.

6. Ianto's Shrine

Ianto’s Shrine
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 want to, you can add your own momento to the shrine.

You will learn 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.

7. St. Fagans National Museum of History

Celtic Village at St. Fagans National Museum of History
Celtic Village at St. Fagans National Museum of History

As part of the tour, we will visit Wales’ most popular tourist attraction which is home to numerous historic buildings that have been conserved through their reconstruction at St Fagan’s Museum.

Several of these buildings have appeared in a popular Tenth Doctor episode. St Fagan’s is also where we will take a lunch break either in their excellent cafe or, if preferred customers may bring their own packed lunch or picnic to enjoy within the grounds.

8. Southerndown

Dunraven Bay / Bad Wolf Bay in Doctor Who
Dunraven Bay / Bad Wolf Bay in Doctor Who

During the tour, we will visit Southerndown which has appeared throughout Doctor Who but is most famously Bad Wolf Bay. The time that we visit will depend on the tide times and the time of year.

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