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FOR Cardiff Announce Groundbreaking AI-Powered ‘Talking City Trail’ coming to Cardiff City Centre this summer
<< Back Posted on 28th July 2023

By Abbie Dix

FOR Cardiff Announce Groundbreaking AI-Powered ‘Talking City Trail’ coming to Cardiff City Centre this summer

The immersive experience, suitable for all ages and free to use, will offer an exciting new way to explore the Welsh capital while learning about its remarkable past. 

This Summer, FOR Cardiff will launch Talking City, an interactive historical walking trail powered by artificial intelligence (AI), presenting a significant development in the city’s cultural offering. 

By scanning QR codes dotted around the city centre, users will be able to interact with virtual tour guide, Ceri, who will share facts, ask questions, and send pictures, audio & video of the specific locations through a two-way conversation.  

Launching on Saturday 22nd July, the trail will highlight the iconic landmarks and history of Cardiff, including Cardiff Castle and its iconic Animal Wall, Betty Campbell, the Principality Stadium, and the historic arcades. 


Carolyn Brownell, Chief Executive (Interim) of FOR Cardiff said: 

“We are thrilled to bring this new, free attraction to Cardiff city centre.” 

 “Using innovative AI technology, the Talking City Trail will give families, residents, and visitors an exciting way to explore the capital while learning about its rich history.” 

The Talking City trail is suitable for families of all ages, with two varying length trails available. The first is shorter and aimed at children aged 6 – 11, with the longer trail recommended for children aged 12+ and adults. With no time limit to complete the trails, users will be able to stop and start, allowing time for personal exploration of all that the city has to offer. 

Tiernan Mines, CEO & Co-Founder of Hello Lamp Post:

“We are delighted to partner with FOR Cardiff in bringing the Hello Lamp Post tour to the brilliant city of Cardiff.”

“Our mission has always been to provide unique, immersive and meaningful experiences that foster connections between individuals and their environment.”

“This collaboration exemplifies our commitment to pushing the boundaries of interactive technology and forging new paths for future AI-driven encounters.”

Brought to the city by FOR Cardiff, and created by Hello Lamp Post, the Talking City Trail will be available all year round, and available in both English and Welsh. The trail is completely free to join and there is no need to book. With all QR codes in accessible locations, it is also and suitable and for wheelchairs and prams. 

For the best experience it is recommended that participants start at Cardiff Castle and work their way around the city centre. 

Find out more about Talking City here.