Forget Hollywood, visit Cardiff and walk in the footsteps of legends!
Some come for easy access to the wild nature of the Brecon Beacons, or walks along the South Wales heritage coastline, while others use Cardiff as a base from which to explore the many castles to be found within easy reach of the city. These are all rewarding tourist activities, but there are some rather more recent creations that have been drawing dedicated fans to hotels in Cardiff in recent years that were not made by mother nature, or kings of old, but mere mortals with a gift for storytelling, like Dr Who!
Doctor Who is viewed by its legions of devotees as a work of genius that transcends the normal confines of TV, and since the massively successful reboot of the show in 2005, much of the action has been filmed in and around Cardiff! The Doctor Who Cardiff Bus Tour offers the ideal way to see many of these locations, and in so doing offers a fun new way to take in much of the Welsh capital and surrounding areas.
You'll get the chance to walk around Amy Pond's Village, and visit the church where the Doctor and Rose sought safety from the Reapers, as well as see many of the locations featured in the 2012 Christmas special episode. There is also a two hour Dr. Who walking tour of Cardiff that will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the Cybermen in The Age of Steel, see the department store where Rose worked, and stand where the Doctor stood as he faced the Robot Santas in The Runaway Bride.
And as if that is not enough excitement for a seasoned connoisseur of that thoroughly distinctive genre, the best of quintessentially British television, Barry Island is also accessible from Cardiff in less than half an hour - a location that needs no introduction for fans of Gavin and Stacey!
Not only does the Gavin and Stacey Tour offer the chance to get a guided tour of Gwen and Stacey's home (conducted by the real life owner, at weekends), you are actually transported in the same vehicle used by Dave's Coaches in the show! You can see the amusement arcade where Nessa works, as well as where she performs as a mime artist, and also the church where Nessa nearly gets married to Dave.
And after stopping off at the caravan where Nessa and Dave live with baby Neil, and getting a great tour of the area in general, you can also enjoy a 20% discount on hot food at Gavin and Stacey's favourite chip shop, Boofy's! The question is, do you know enough about what's occurring to win a prize in the Gavin and Stacey quiz? Better dust off that DVD box set!