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Welcome to The Tardis – The Doctor Who Experience

Doctor Who Experience – Welcome to The Tardis

What’s one of the first things any Doctor Who fan would want to do? I suspect to visit the Tardis – Well now you can, for a limited time this summer the Doctor Who experience are offering visitors the chance to tour the actual set used in the currant series, not in the experience, but in the very studio at Roath Lock where the programme is filmed.


Thanks to BBC Worldwide we were lucky enough to be in one of the first parties to step foot on the set, needless to say its an experience not to be missed, the set is completely enclosed so the thought that you are in studio at all soon disappears, in fact the outside world suddenly seems very distant – its somewhere where you feel you want to stay for a while.

I think in this case we will let the pictures do the Talking…


Also on offer are walking tours to filming locations around Cardiff, its actually quite fascinating finding out how some of the buildings and interiors were used, not just for Doctor Who but Torchwood as well. From Derelict buildings to Sand dunes its well worth adding this attraction to your day out. We have not included any pictures of the tour as they may somewhat spoil the surprise of how buildings and interiors are used. Its much better to see them for yourselves.

The Experience also has a number of new addition from series 7b so a return visit is well worthwhile if you havnet been for some time. You cna see some of the more recent additions along with some of the long standing props in the gallery below.

Press release…

Official TARDIS Studio Tours

Available from the Doctor Who Experience now

The Doctor Who Experience is adding an exciting new dimension for Summer 2013. For the first time ever, visitors to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay – the spiritual home of Doctor Who – will have the opportunity to visit the TARDIS set at the nearby Roath Lock Studios.

Guests will be able to set foot on the brand new TARDIS console room which has been seen on screen since the 2012 Christmas special The Snowmen and will also be featured in the highly anticipated 50th anniversary episode on 23rd November.

Visits begin from the Doctor Who Experience foyer and it is advisable to book in advance of a visit. More information on tickets can be found at

Prices start from £20.50 for adults and £14.50 for children, which includes general admission to the Doctor Who Experience and the TARDIS studio set tour, or £25.50/£14.40 respectively to include a walking tour of filming locations around Cardiff Bay.

These official studio tours are available to book now until the 25th of August.

Photography is permitted while on the Official TARDIS Studio Tours.



  • The Flying Shark

    August 11th, 2013 - 7:06pm

    I am going to Cardiff tomorrow and staying until Thursday, I hope I get to go and see this TARDIS.

    • The Flying Shark

      August 15th, 2013 - 7:14pm

      I didn’t get to go after all, the tours were fully booked up. Oh well, it was still a good holiday.

    • Anonymous

      August 26th, 2014 - 10:51pm

      No good us popping down while we visit Cardiff on Thursday then, was thinking we could pay on the door and see some of the Dr Who props,

  • Tony PJ

    August 11th, 2013 - 8:41am

    What a great day, visited the set no words to describe the moment of walking through the doors. Amazing the closest ill ever get to being the Dr in the Tardis. At 44 my inner child was jumping for joy. Fantastic. Also great new additions to the experience, it just got to be done every year. Cannot help but wonder where they go from here with Peter taking over hmmmmm.

  • Pete

    August 8th, 2013 - 4:02pm

    Do they allow filming? I was thinking about a nice shot of entering the TARDIS, but from what you’ve said, it sounds like they only let you do it once you’re in there, and it’s only photos?

    • Pete

      August 8th, 2013 - 4:19pm

      Also, how many people go in at once?


      August 8th, 2013 - 7:28pm

      4-6 at a time 🙂


    August 8th, 2013 - 8:54am

    who’s in that picture right at the end?

    • doctor who whovian fan no 1

      August 8th, 2013 - 7:50pm



    August 8th, 2013 - 8:49am

    The Tardis was BRILLIANT!!, while we were waiting to go in, the tour guide made a quiz for us to do. I did the ultimate tour: The Walking tour first, then the Tardis and then the experience.

    • Adam Wilkin

      August 8th, 2013 - 3:11pm

      am going to that very soon, do you get to touch or go near the console at the BBC studio or is it all fenced of?


      August 8th, 2013 - 7:27pm

      no you can’t touch anything as it is a working set and they might have to use it anytime so it is fenced off but you can still go downstairs 🙂

    • thedaleksdeath

      August 8th, 2013 - 10:07pm

      Your allowed VERY VERY close but can’t touch considering of filming (Basically I mean if the Doctor made a leaver go up, you pulled down and they were filming again it would be pulled down instead of up.)

  • Andrew

    August 7th, 2013 - 7:01pm

    I was fortunate enough to visit on Monday and it was completely amazing !!

    • The11thdoctorThe2nd

      August 7th, 2013 - 8:35pm

      Were the lights on for you?? 🙂

  • The11thdoctorThe2nd

    August 6th, 2013 - 8:02am

    Me and my dad were very fortunate yesterday when we managed to get 1xadult and 1xchild for this!! Very excited!!! 😀

  • paul cox

    August 5th, 2013 - 9:36pm

    Seems like all the tickets to go around the studios have been snapped up? a pity really as i would have loved a look around the location.

    Not to worry i will be still coming down for the experience in a couple of weeks (was there last year!).

    • dalek eternal

      August 8th, 2013 - 6:55pm

      same I really wanted to go but all the tickets are sold out really gutted

  • the eternal doctor

    August 5th, 2013 - 8:13pm

    can not go to look around the tardis as all the tickets are booked but hopefully I willable to go to the doctor who experience

  • TheNose

    August 5th, 2013 - 7:08pm

    I phoned them and said it was fully booked will they be doing it again for the 50th anniversary

  • Davros Flatley

    August 5th, 2013 - 7:05pm

    Do you go to the Doctor Who Experience first to then go over to the studios.

  • the astroanout of death

    August 4th, 2013 - 2:14pm



      August 4th, 2013 - 8:30pm

      How do you know?

    • the astroanout of death

      August 4th, 2013 - 9:14pm

      my mum rang up before and they said it is sold out 🙂


    August 3rd, 2013 - 9:22am

    Booboo what other locations do you visit on the walking tours ? 🙂


      August 3rd, 2013 - 9:23am

      as I’m going there on tuesday


    July 31st, 2013 - 7:52pm


  • John smith

    July 31st, 2013 - 3:36pm

    on the actual set tour, do you get to look around the other TARDIS consoles? e.g. the 10th doctors

    • booboo

      July 31st, 2013 - 4:04pm

      That is in The experience itself

  • Kate Morris

    July 31st, 2013 - 1:22pm

    Just booked for Friday. Think I may be even more excited than my 6 year old son 🙂


      July 31st, 2013 - 2:08pm

      Can you book for any other days during the week?

    • booboo

      July 31st, 2013 - 2:40pm

      Only what’s on offer

  • Adam

    July 31st, 2013 - 11:34am

    Can you walk around the console? Im sure you can need clarification can you take picturs of the tardis door

    • booboo

      July 31st, 2013 - 1:37pm

      Yes you can take pictures but only on the set itself you can walk around some of it but not touch you get very close

  • Andy

    July 31st, 2013 - 11:31am

    Booked for Monday SOOOO excited !

    • the eternal doctor

      August 5th, 2013 - 8:10pm

      lucky my mum rang up and the tickets were sold out =(

  • fantastic mr e

    July 31st, 2013 - 10:12am

    i want to go nnnnnooooooowwwww

  • starshipalaska

    July 30th, 2013 - 10:35pm

    Are you given full access around the set? As in, are you allowed to touch the console, or go up the stairs to the balcony or down the stairs to the controls underneath?

    • booboo

      July 31st, 2013 - 10:36am

      you can walk around yes but cant touch the console, its a working set, not an exhibit and they need everything to stay where it is for continuity purposes.

      you cant go to the top level because of safely but there is still plenty to see, you wont regret it

  • Sam (UDWF1)

    July 30th, 2013 - 9:14pm

    I got to go in once. They didn’t turn the lights on for us, but it was still fascinating and something I will never forget


    July 30th, 2013 - 8:09pm

    Booboo what days are the walking tours on?

    • booboo

      July 30th, 2013 - 8:18pm

      you will nee to check the site for that


      July 30th, 2013 - 8:20pm

      thanks hoping to go here 🙂

  • Andrew

    July 30th, 2013 - 6:35pm

    Sorry I keep talking im just too excited about this and im 18 :/ But I bets its awesome just to stand there, its probably bigger in person than on the photos right? Also I assume they lets groups in at a time, or do u book your own slot?

    • booboo

      July 30th, 2013 - 7:03pm

      You book with an experience ticket and yes it bigger

    • Andrew

      July 30th, 2013 - 7:11pm

      Thanks, il be there last week!

  • Andrew

    July 30th, 2013 - 6:31pm

    Don’t suppose theres a chance of seeing people there? Such as actors etc.


    July 30th, 2013 - 6:14pm

    hey I’m scottish and since the summer holidays work differently down south so I will probably be back at school and when is the limited time that you get to go and visit the TARDIS interior

  • Andrew

    July 30th, 2013 - 5:51pm

    Plus, do we have to book quickly? are there limited places?

    • booboo

      July 30th, 2013 - 6:19pm

      yes, its just over the summer, between filming although it could be needed again at a moments notice

  • Andrew

    July 30th, 2013 - 5:49pm

    I assume there s alimited amount of time we can spend in there? cus i have a feeling i wont want to leave once im there, and can we actualyl walk around it and touch thing!!?

    • booboo

      July 30th, 2013 - 6:18pm

      you can walk around yes but cant touch the console, its a working set and they need everything to stay where it is for continuity purposes.

      you can get very close though and you are given plenty of time – but yes you wont want to leave

    • Andrew

      July 30th, 2013 - 6:29pm

      They will have to drag me.

    • Andrew

      July 30th, 2013 - 6:30pm

      I mean its my life long dream to time travel, and I think that is one of the closest things to the real thing lol.

  • truewohvian

    July 30th, 2013 - 5:37pm

    I am so jelous of u

  • The Silent Silent

    July 30th, 2013 - 4:59pm

    Just booked to go see the tardis, going to be epic


      July 30th, 2013 - 8:15pm

      Is it during the week?

    • The Silent Silent

      July 30th, 2013 - 8:48pm

      Not sure, i booked for sunday

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