Llandaff Ghost Walk

Price guide: Budget

Cathedral Close, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2

Price guide: Budget

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By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#6 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Education, History, Sightseeing

Best for History - Expert review of Llandaff Ghost Walk

Spooky sagas of Cardiff’s illustrious past in the city’s oldest suburb.

Jim Cowan’s ghost walks have been one of city’s most discussed attractions of late. So much so, the one-time civil servant has been able to develop his passion and knowledge of Cardiff into a full time career concern. It’s not hard to see why; his oratory and guide skills captivate you from the moment you meet at the 800 year old stone cross outside the cathedral. The meeting point sets the tone for the entire trip; the oldest evidence of Llandaff’s murky roots, his walk is peppered with detailed anecdotes of Cardiff’s fascinatingly rich history.

A torch-lit trek through time and dark shadowy fields, Jim shares secrets and stories only a dedicated historian can. Each one combines factual evidence, urban myths and tales of repeated sightings and sensations: Learn of the curse of Llandaff, get spooked by the many white or grey ladies and strange and wonder at the legends of the playful orbs that have been ‘spotted’ as recently as last year.

More of a history tour than a ghost hunt, Jim defies the current séance-like celebration of spirits and tips a nod to tradition by telling tales the same way folk would way back when they originally occurred.

Price advice: 

Advanced bookings cost £4 or pay £5 on the night.

Expert tips: 
Be sure to book, this attraction is really popular.
Private tours can be arranged.
Check the website for other historic tours that happen at different parts of the day in different parts of the city.
Take a torch!

More information on Llandaff Ghost Walk:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Castle / palace, Historic site, Tour
Address:
Cathedral Close, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2
Telephone:
+44 7538 878 609
Website:
http://www.cardiffhistory.co.uk
Months open:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Opening times:
Walks take place at twilight on Thu, Fri and Sat. The times change depending on time of year, check the website before your visit.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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