Exploring Cardiff with Doctor Who
Cardiff has been the official home of the hit BBC show Doctor Who since the series’ reboot back in 2005. 10 years on, with Dalek invasions and spatial-temporal rifts, the Welsh capital has become one of the show’s main characters.
You might think you’d need a TARDIS to follow in the footsteps of The Doctor, but actually you just need a trip to Cardiff. The popular TV series has featured multiple filming locations from around the city and not only that, it’s also home to a number of Doctor Who-related tours and exhibitions.
Take in the world of the Doctor
Many of the most famous filming locations are obvious as soon as you see them, for example Roald Dahl Plass, the headquarters of Torchwood Three. You can find plenty of filming locations online, but leave it to the experts and join an unofficial walking tour. Brit Movie Tours offer an unofficial walking tour which takes in 30 scenes across 20 episodes. See Rose Tyler’s workplace, Donna Noble’s wedding venue, and the place where Danny Pink died. The walking tour also takes in Cardiff Castle and ends in the city center – a definite must visit even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan!
Experience the sights with the experts
Brit Movie Tours also runs an unofficial bus tour of Doctor Who filming locations which covers a bit more ground. The bus gives you the opportunity to see key locations in the suburbs, such as Amy Pond’s village. There is still some walking involved, so fans can get up close to some of their favorite filming locations. This means you have the opportunity to wander up and down steps and along the eerie narrow corridors. The tour is run by Doctor Who experts, some of whom have appeared on the show as extras, so it’s a great opportunity to learn more about your favorite actors and hear some behind-the-scenes trivia.
Feast like a Timelord
During the filming of season eight in 2014, the cast and crew of the show were spotted at the Trade Street Café, located behind Cardiff Railway Station. The café was cordoned off for a day while the crew built the TARDIS, rehearsed lines, and probably enjoyed a snack or two. The menu offers a good selection of local and international classics. Which leads to our most important question: did The Doctor go for the grilled halloumi salad or the homemade beefburger?
Whatever your pick for your Timelord-feast it is sure to satisfy the appetite. Afterwards, head back to our Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre which makes a great base for a cosmic weekend break.