Cardiff, or Caerdydd to give it its native name, is the capital city of Wales, the ninth largest in the UK and home to over 300,000 people. It has been a city ever since King Edward VII granted it city status in 1905 and has grown steadily to become the important business, transport and leisure hub that it is today. Cardiff’s history can be traced back over 6000 years. Taking its Welsh name from the Roman fort which stands at the edge of the River Taff (Caer meaning Fort, and Dydd meaning Taff), Cardiff has a proud, rich fascinating history, some of which is still evident today.
One of the more recent attractions that put Cardiff on the intergalactic map is its the new home of the modern day Doctor Who, or at least, BBC Wales’ production facilities that make the show. Fans of all things ‘Who’ can now be transported through time and space (not literally) by visiting the Doctor Who Experience in Discovery Quay. It’s full of amazing special effects, specially created sets, the iconic enemies and some exclusive footage featuring the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith.
Doctor Who shares the recently redeveloped Cardiff Bay with a host of other attractions. Originally home to Cardiff’s dockyards and just a mile from the City Centre, the Bay is an ideal sport for one of our Treasure Hunt locations. It now sports the 5-star St. David’s Hotel and Spa and the amazing Mermaid Quay; a restaurant serving cuisine from around the world. In the summer, it is also home to the International Food and Drink Festival and the Cardiff Harbour Festival, both of which are free.
Sport is a huge part of Welsh culture and Cardiff is well-placed if you share their love. The Welsh passion for Rugby is famous but it’s not the only sport that the area prides itself on. Despite being relegated from the football Premier League in 2014, Cardiff’s own Bluebirds are still a force in the game. Their Cardiff City Stadium is a testament to their importance and ambitions. In addition to football, Cardiff can offer club rugby with the Cardiff Blues playing at Cardiff Arms Park or international rugby at the stunning Millenium Stadium. The stadium stood in for many major events during the construction of Wembley, but is also an incredible visitor attraction in its own right. 2015 will see the stadium host the Rugby World Cup. Cardiff also boasts their own Ice Hockey team; The Cardiff Devils are the only professional Welsh club to play in the UK’s Elite League. However, if you prefer your sport a little more sedate, then Glamorgan play their county cricket at the SWALEC Stadium at Sophia Gardens in the heart of the city.
Wales is known the world over for being a land of song with male-voice choirs echoing up and down the land. Cardiff leads the way with a huge choice of live music venues whatever your taste. Larger acts are well catered for with the aforementioned Millenium Stadium and the Motorpoint Arena just on the doorstep, but it doesn’t stop there. St. David’s Hall is the national concert hall and the largest performing arts venue in Wales. It offers a diverse range of artists from world music, jazz, classic rock and pop and is also home to the Welsh Proms. St. David’s Hall is a great choice for visitors. Not content with offering a superb range of events, the Hall also includes a restaurant, art gallery and cafe. Located in the city centre, it’s perfectly placed as one of our clue locations.
Our Cardiff Treasure Hunt is very flexible and will take in sights to suit your start and finish points. The one thing that you can be sure of is that there are plenty to choose from, so wherever you start and finish you can be sure of a great event.
Our Cardiff Treasure Hunt takes in sights such as Cardiff Castle, City Hall, The River Taff and the Millennium Stadium. The centre of the city has plenty of parks and green space to explore and we can put our characters in great locations if you choose to have them. One famous Cardiff personality is Henry Morgan, the renowned pirate and Admiral of the British navy, from the days when there was not much difference between the two. So we have a pirate as one of our characters and his themed challenge will have you roaring with laughter.
the Cardiff treasure hunt usually lasts for two or three hours. We have questions that you need to answer in specific locations, items that must be collected and photographs to take. You will have a digital camera in your pack and we always encourage plenty of shots of your team having fun which you can enjoy after the event.
We can start at an office or a hotel or arrange a meeting point and choose a finishing location to suit your group, so you can have a cool cocktail bar or a more traditional pub or hotel. Venues will reserve an area provided that you buy at least a round of drinks, and you will probably want one after your Cardiff treasure hunt adventure!
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