The Whovian’s Guide to Cardiff

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With the famous Tardis spotted in Cardiff last week, filming for the 10th series of Doctor Who is underway and many fans will be patiently awaiting the show’s return.

In the meantime, fans of the Time Lord can head on a Doctor Who-themed break. Here’s Vada‘s weekend guide of where to stay, what to do and where to eat (very Who-centric of course).

Where to Stay

Head to Cardiff for a chance to spot the filming in action and stay at Raven View in Caerphilly, South Wales. Just a 25-minute drive or 20-minute train ride from Cardiff, the two bedroom property sleeps up to four people and is ideally located for exploring the beautiful South Wales valleys.

With a spacious lounge and a TV, guests can enjoy a cosy night in, binge-watching past Doctor Who series. Nearby, guests can enjoy a day out visiting Caerphilly Castle, one of the largest fortresses in Wales which was featured in the ninth series of the show.

A seven-night stay from 9 July 2016 costs £460. For more information or to book, visit

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What to Do

Visit the BBC’s Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff Bay. This purpose-built space – just a stone’s throw from the BBC studios where Doctor Who is filmed – will take you on an exciting and sometimes scary journey through the 50-year history of the show. Probably the most exciting museum you’ll ever visit.

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Grab a copy of the souvenir guidebook for £10, and it’ll give you loads of inspiration for places to visit and things to do in the Cardiff Bay area.

Adult tickets start from £14. For more info and to book, visit

Where to Eat

Eddie’s DinerThis Cardiff Bay restaurant is short walk from The Doctor Who Experience and features in the Matt Smith episode, ‘The Impossible Astronaut’. The Doctor and co tucked into some American nosh, as the recipient of the fourth envelope was revealed.

Bospherous: Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor bought Rose (Billie Piper) and Mickey (Noel Clarke) breakfast at this Cardiff Bay restaurant. It boasts stunning views, though it doesn’t actually serve breakfast, and it’s a great stop if you fancy traditional Turkish lamb dishes.

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About Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.