Private Tour
Tour type
8 hours
7 days

Wales is home to many famous and talented people – our Sons and Daughters of Wales private sightseeing tour discovers the places where Welsh superstars Dame Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Richard Burton, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dylan Thomas were born and grew up. See where their lives began and the culture and heritage of Wales which inspired their creative talents.

DEPARTURE DAY 7 days a week – you choose!
The front of Eglwys Dewi Sant,    View on map
St Andrew’s Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 3DD

or your chosen departure point (please let us know at the time of enquiry).

PRICE*  (per tour)
1 to 3 people – £360.00
4 to 5 people – £595.00
6 to 8 people – £800.00

Please note that the price is the total cost of the tour, not per person.

Dedicated transport Bottled water
Driver guide Welsh Cakes
Other refreshments Gratuities
RETURN TIME 17:30 – 18:00 dependent on traffic conditions.

This private sightseeing tour is perfect for anyone who wants to see the birthplaces and inspiration for some of Wales’ greatest singers, actors and poets.


Depart from Cardiff

Our private tours leave either from our standard departure point at St Andrew’s Crescent in central Cardiff, or from your hotel in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. Alternative departure points may be available – please enquire for details.


Cardiff Bay - Dame Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey grew up in an area now known as Cardiff Bay but recognised in her childhood days as Tiger Bay. Born in 1937, Dame Shirley Bassey was the youngest of seven children. During the day, she worked at a local factory but earned extra money signing in local working men’s clubs in the evenings. Famed for her powerful voice and glamorous reputation, Shirley Bassey was made a Dame in 2000 and now lives in London and Monaco.


Pontypridd - Sir Tom Jones

The town of Pontypridd is a famous mining town, as well as being known as the birthplace of singing superstar Tom Jones, who has collaborated with the likes of Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. We visit the house where Sir Tom was born and where he grew up, as well as where he made his first public appearance.


Pontrhydyfen - Richard Burton

The mining town of Pontrhdyfen, birthplace of Richard Burton, is set high in the valley of the River Afan. We explore the small village where this highly regarded actor of stage and screen was born and raised. Burton, who was famously twice married to Elizabeth Taylor, died suddenly from a cerebral haemorrhage at his home in Switzerland in 1984.


Port Talbot - Sir Anthony Hopkins

Port Talbot is the birthplace of the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins, considered to be one of film’s greatest living actors. Famous for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs, he was knighted in 1993, became an American citizen in April 2000 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.


Swansea - Dylan Thomas

Our final stop is Swansea, birthplace of Wales’ greatest poet, Dylan Thomas. We visit the centre dedicated to him and the house he was born in, discovering the surroundings that inspired him. Thomas, whose most acclaimed work was Under Milk Wood, died in New York in 1953, aged just 39, with his poetry making him famous around the world.


Return to Cardiff

We return to central Cardiff, leaving you free to enjoy your evening in Wales’ capital city.

dylan thomas statue maritime quarter swansea
the pierhead building cardiff bay
the norwegian church cardiff bay
statues of miners cardiff bay
the old bridge pontypridd
welcome to pontrhydyfen sign
dylan thomas love the words exhibition swansea
dylan thomas love the words exhibition swansea 1
dylan thomas cwmdonkin drive blue plaque

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
11 February 2016

I absolutely loved the Before They Were Famous tour… Roam Wales offered the best value for money. My driver was warm, charismatic and knowledgeable… providing an unforgettable experience to your clients.

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