Start your experience with a hotel pickup by traditional London black cab, and meet your friendly driver who doubles up as your personal guide. Relax in one of the cab’s comfortable seats, and listen to tales and trivia about the Doctor Who TV series as you travel west out of the city, along the motorway to the Welsh capital.
After roughly 3 hours on the road, work your way into central Cardiff to see all the Doctor Who sights. Pass the American cafe where the Doctor regularly meets his friends, and visit the places where Captain Jack Harkness from the Torchwood Institute — an extraterrestrial-fighting team — and the Doctor puzzled over weird and wonderful events.
Having seen the fictional character of the Face of Boe (‘played’ by a giant mechanical head), loop past the houses of the Doctor’s two trusted sidekicks: Amy and Rory Pond. From the residential neighborhoods, travel back into the city center and head inside the Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff Bay.
Enter the interactive exhibition at your own expense, and then explore with your guide, seeing a collection of original costumes alongside other attention-grabbing memorabilia and Doctor Who artifacts. Watch a short film about the series, and then become the Doctor’s assistant on a walk through the TARDIS time machine. Step through a crack in the wall, battle with the Doctor’s enemies and gasp in awe at the special effects that line your route. Finish by posing for a photo against a giant screen, displaying your choice of background.
Take a break for lunch (own expense), and then sightsee around Cardiff some more, seeing the wedding setting of Amy and Rory Pond besides others. Learn about Rose Tyler, played by British celebrity Billie Piper, while passing her place of work. You can stop for a quick snack before you make your way out of the city, traveling back along the motorway.
Upon arrival in the capital, take in some of the London filming locations such as the only remaining Tardis — a genuine London police box — before finishing with a hotel drop-off in the evening.
Your centrally located London hotel
12 hours 30 minutes
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This was an amazing day. Our guide Steve took care of us like we were King and Queen for the day. No time was wasted, no getting lost. Put us in position at all the right spots. Made sure we saw everything that was Dr Who and Torchwood. It was so relaxing getting to place to place. This was the hi light of our trip. All though a pricey tour I will consider a black cab tour again as it was so enjoyable and stress free. Be sure to add the private Cardiff castle tour as well. You get insider scoops and allowed to go where the general public is not allowed. Thanks Steve!!!
Getting the Doctor Who Experience booked was a nightmare due to the website not working, etc. etc. The day spent was totally amazing due a lot to our cab driver. He was very entertaining and helped us so much taking photos, finding a great place for lunch, getting us on a boat trip and finally personally knowing the guide in the castle. My grandson was totally in awe and couldn't say enough good things about the day and our cab driver.
Amazing trip. The experience is essential for any Dr Who fan. Out guide was excellent. He researched some filming locations including the courtyard in Ledworth and the church from Vincent and the doctor for us to go to after we attended the Dr Who experience.
If you are a Doctor Who fan then you have to take this tour. It is the BBC's everything Doctor Who experience.
The trip was fabulous. The driver was great and very personable. We got to see all of the filming locations in Cardiff and enjoyed the visit.
Not quite what I expected, but a trip highlight. There is an optional private tour add-on for Cardiff Castle: DO IT. We hadn't planned out doing that, but changed our mind at the last minute and WOW, was that a great decision. This tour does seem to depend a lot on your specific guide. There is a range of their fandom and knowledge base for the sites and how they relate to Doctor Who. The tour didn't match up with the exact description as listed in Viator, so I can't give it 5-stars, but it was a fantastic day that our family of 4 really enjoyed. Our guide was nice, fun and completely delighted our son. He also had a great recommendation for a lunch spot. The guide will help out those in the group who aren't Whovians with interesting things too.
PROS: You aren't dependent on public transportation to get you to Cardiff. The train wasn't running the day we went, so think of what a wrench that could throw in your plans. You get the iconic black cab experience. The add-on for Cardiff Castle is its own tour with a different guide who was a superfan and takes you where the general public can't go. It is a magical experience, and exciting for non-Whovians too. The 50 is for the group, not a per-person price, and totally worth it. There is some bonus Torchwood stuff in Cardiff as well. You get to see one of the few, still existing police boxes in London. You are picked up/dropped off directly from your hotel. Cardiff is a nice place to see, with a pretty harbor and lovely Pierhead.
CONS: The price tag is steep and basically just covers the ride to Cardiff and back a stop to see the police box in London. You pay extra for The Doctor Who Experience itself, food and the optional Cardiff Castle tour. We weren't shown any Doctor Who sites in London or, aside from the castle, in Cardiff.
OVERALL: This was a great day that the entire family enjoyed. Do not cheap out on the castle. You'll be thankful you took the tour.
TIPS: Bring umbrellas.
For DR WHO fans,Excellent tour, loved the extra personalised tour of Cardiff Castle...
Discover the ‘Doctor Who’ world of daleks, sontarans and extraterrestrials on a day trip to Cardiff by London black cab! With a private driver as a guide, explore the Welsh capital and see many of the exciting filming locations used in the hit sci-fi TV series. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Rose Tyler and Amy Pond; see the cafe where the Doctor met with his trusted companions; and visit Cardiff Bay for a trip to its popular interactive exhibition: the Doctor Who Experience (entrance at own expense).