City of Layers: Monopoly to Metropolis

  • 1.5 Hours
  • 3-15
  • Every day at 11am and 2.30pm except Fridays

Tour Highlights

Line drawing of a bearded man wearing glasses and a zip-up jacket. He has a serious expression, styled hair, and embodies the Monopoly tycoon aesthetic.

Meet your guide

I’m excited to share my guided walk and knowledge with others. We may engage the wider cultural conversation of “Public History”, as we contest the shapes of our cities past, present, and future, and connect with today’s agenda for Social Justice and the City.

Cities shape people, and people shape cities.
Successive generations have contested the present and future shapes of Cardiff. In this walk we view today’s cityscape with fresh eyes discovering the stories behind the making of the Global Coal Metropolis.
Our waymarks include traces of the Medieval town, fragments of industrial archaeology, and the gothic splendour of the Church of St John the Baptist. The climax of the tour is the architectural triumph of Cathays Park which was the first planned Civic Centre in the United Kingdom, inspiring the American City Beautiful movement.
We will end the tour at the allegorical sculpture of Minerva featuring the coal miner as an emblem of the source of Cardiff’s wealth as a port and city.
As you walk with me, tracing a 1.5 km northerly line through the city space of 1.5 hours duration and covering some 150 years of history, you will see for yourself why Cardiff was dubbed the “Chicago of Wales”.

Meeting Place by the Statue of the Second Marquess of Bute, Callaghan Square, CF10 1BT



Book Now

Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account


Tour revenue will be invested in providing support for our tour guides, who have all been affected by homelessness. If you can donate, any extra amount will be greatly appreciated and very helpful.