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Discovering Cardiff’s trails and tales

guided sightseeing on two wheels

Ding will take you on a cycle tour of the Welsh capital. On our distinctive blue bikes, furnished with traditional bells, you’ll explore the sights and stories of Cardiff, from Romans to rock stars. Along bike lanes and through the city’s parks, you’ll learn the history behind Cardiff’s landmarks and visit the parts other tours can’t reach. With frequent stops and an easy pace, you don’t need to be super-fit – just a competent cyclist. And the added ingredient? Our friendly guides, featuring journalists and broadcasters, will pass on their own experiences of living and working in the city. So, give the bell a ding and come along for the ride.

Why choose us ?

Great Routes

Cycling is the perfect way to see a city but you don’t want to be caught up on busy roads. We can help you navigate the best routes along Cardiff’s cycle lanes and through its beautiful parks.

Great Guides

We have decades of experience of living and working in Cardiff. We’ll ensure your tour is fascinating and fun, with a dash of humour, whether you’re new to the city or you live locally. We love Cardiff and we love cycling here – we hope you’ll share our enthusiasm.

Great Bikes

Our distinctive traditional blue bikes are comfortable, well-maintained and easy to ride. They have a stand for easy parking. We’ll go at a leisurely pace (hundreds-of-years an hour) and the great news is, it’s virtually all flat.

Great Communication

Siarad Cymraeg? Parlez français? ¿Habla español? If you’d like a tour in another language, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

WHICH TOUR DO YOU FANCY?

City Centre, Parks and Bay

Setting off from a city centre independent café, you’ll ride on cycle paths to Cardiff’s grand Edwardian civic centre, past the third Marquess of Bute’s statue overlooking the castle he rebuilt in gothic style and through Bute Park with its famous arboretum. You’ll follow the river past the Principality Stadium and through the city’s wetlands to the old Tiger Bay – the site of the docks which made the city rich. You’ll pass the Senedd (the Welsh Parliament) and make a pit-stop at the Norwegian Church, built by visiting sailors. You’ll head back to the city centre, with its beautiful Victorian arcades, home of the world’s oldest record shop. En route, we’ll sample a Welsh cake from the old city jail, now home of the indoor market.

City Centre, Parks and Cathedral

Setting off from a city centre independent café, you’ll ride on cycle paths to Cardiff’s grand Edwardian civic centre, past the third Marquess of Bute’s statue overlooking the castle he rebuilt in gothic style and through Bute Park with its famous arboretum. We’ll head north alongside the river to the historic village of Llandaff with its 12th century cathedral. We’ll visit the Victorian Insole Court mansion, home of pioneering mine owners, before sampling a craft beer (or a coffee) in the leafy suburb of Pontcanna. Back in the city centre, there’ll be time to take in the beautiful Victorian arcades and the old city jail, now home of the indoor market.

Bespoke Private Guided Tours

Fancy a day out with friends or a team-building outing with colleagues? You can choose when you set off and design your own route, or we can help you set an itinerary. Either way, whether you’re new to the city or live locally, our expert guides can give you a real sense of the history of Cardiff and the surrounding area. If you fancy going a bit further afield, why not make a day of it on a three castles tour – starting at Cardiff Castle, an easy cycle ride will take you along the River Taff to the fairytale Castell Coch. There’ll be time to explore the castle and grab some refreshments before heading gently uphill along cycle routes to Wales’s biggest castle, the medieval Caerphilly Castle. You can picnic by the castle walls or grab a pub lunch before heading downriver back to Cardiff. There are lots of places within easy reach of Cardiff on a bike – ask our guides for other suggestions.

Why book with ding wales ?

We’re broadcast journalists who have covered many a story in Cardiff and we’re keen to pass them on.

Whenever we go to a new city, the first thing we do is take a cycle tour. It’s the perfect way to get your bearings and learn about the highlights from local guides, and if you’re lucky you can pick their brains about where to eat that night or what to do on a rainy day (and there are plenty of those in Wales – don’t worry, we provide waterproofs!). We love our home city of Cardiff and we love telling people about our favourite places – the bits visitors sometimes miss. And if you’re local, join us to learn more about your city’s history. Walking is great but you can go so much further on a bike. Don’t miss out – sign up and come along for the ride!

Mark and Beccy

What our customers say

Zara

Enjoyed every minute of my Cardiff bike tour. Mark, my guide, was friendly and engaging and seemed to know everything worth knowing about the city's history, culture and more! Route was well thought out and easy to ride bikes! Would highly recommend to Cardiff visitors and locals alike!

Carlos

Amazing tour. Mark and Beccy are fantastic guides, very knowledgable, and took good care of us. We learned so much during our bike ride. The tour covered all of the sites we expected to see and more. Enough time to observe and talk about the history of each place. I highly recommend it. Great and a fun tour. La mejor manera de conocer Cardiff y sus alrededores! Una experiencia inolvidable. Mark y Beccy son guías excepcionales, muy bien informados y nos cuidaron de maravilla! Aprendimos mucho durante nuestro recorrido en bicicleta. La visita cubrió todos los sitios que esperábamos ver y algo más. Tuvimos el tiempo suficiente para observar y hablar sobre la historia de cada lugar y sus anécdotas. Fue un recorrido increíble y divertido. Lo recomiendo totalmente.

F Allery

An easy-going bike ride to appreciate Cardiff. I am a local resident who was surprised to learn how much I had overlooked significant landmarks. The tour was nicely paced with a variety of places - from medieval to the millennium. The cycling itself wasn’t at all strenuous as we followed scenic and flat trails on comfortable bikes. Mae’n amser i ddysgu am Gaerdydd!

Dave Wright

What a great idea, a cycle tour of Cardiff! The knowledge of the local guides was excellent and it made for really enjoyable and fun day out. The cycling was easy, the bikes were comfortable and well maintained. The route we took was well thought out and included much new and interesting information. Can't recommend this trip highly enough. If you want to explore Cardiff or just want a great way to spend a few hours, then give Ding cycle tours a go!

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