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fiwen1010 wrote in tw_tourists
This is the first survey.

ETA: Where there's a scale for ranking, 1 is least important and 10 is most important. Thanks to those who pointed this out to me.

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If you can, please use the comments to explain a little of your reasons for your answers. Detailed poll results are only available to me.

While visiting the UK from the US, I took a daytrip to Cardiff to see the National Museum of Wales & St. Fagan's, Roald Dahl Plass/ the Millenium Centre & the memorial to coffee boy. I wouldn't have known about Roald Dahl Plass and the Millenium Centre without having seen Torchwood. I spent two weeks in the UK, and the trip to Cardiff was definitely among the highlights.

I went to Cardiff 3 years ago to visit an online friend and his boyfriend, I've known my friend for about 8-9 years so pre-tw, I did take the tourbus where tw-sights were pointed out and I did see the Millennium Tower and Centre, oh and the Doctor Who thing, but mostly we just spent time talking and goofing around

I went to Cardiff in January 2010 to see John Barrowman in Panto. It was my first trip outside the USA and I really enjoyed it! Saw many of the Doctor Who/TW filming sites -- and the Doctor Who exhibition was still around then, too.

It was also wonderful meeting other folks who also loved TW...

I would like to go back one day when it's not so cold, though!

Edited at 2012-02-15 05:06 pm (UTC)

I visited in 2008 as part of a larger trip (ostensibly to see David Tennant's Hamlet, but it was mostly an excuse for a good all-around UK visit - I'm from the US). I specifically went to Cardiff because of Torchwood/Doctor Who and because thanatos_kalos is there and I wanted to visit with her (we'd met the year before). So while we had a wonderful time seeing Torchwood and DW sites (including the TIC - this was before COE and the shrine), and had dinner at Bosphorus, we also went to Cardiff Castle and I enjoyed seeing the city and hanging with M. I'd love to get back and see more of Wales, because what I saw from the train window was lovely.

it's kind of funny you're doing this now, because just a few weeks ago I was in Cardiff for the first time!

I think it was the combination of the history (I love things like castles and all that) and the Torchwood influence (seeing the shrine and the Millenium Centre were AMAZING experiences!) that made me want to go. I'm studying in London for the semester (originally from Minnesota in the United States), and I had to jump on the chance at going to Cardiff while I'm here.

Ultimately, though, I really loved my visit, and it actually reminded me slightly of home in the weirdest way (I think the city I come from is comparable in size to Cardiff, and the people seem similar), so that was a nice reprieve from London.

But yeah, I don't know if I immediately would have thought 'oh, Cardiff!' if I didn't know Doctor Who and Torchwood.

Torchwood would definitely be a motivator to visit Cardiff while in Wales. Now I learn Ianto has a shrine..which I know nothing about other than it exists at this moment, but I would like to see that too. Other reasons would be the history of the place. I'm not the typical tourist regarding shopping and etc so those questions aren't particularly relevant for me. Do people really go to Cardiff to relax?

If you had asked me before I ever went to Cardiff, visiting because of Torchwood would be a 10 and everything else would be between 1 and 4.

But now that I've been, I love Cardiff! And I want very much to go back and do the few touristy things I didn't manage to do and wander around more and hang out at the tiny culture center I found last time and try to catch a rugby game or a play. I really liked the city overall, honestly.

I wouldn't take Torchwood away as a motivating factor, though. Or Doctor Who!

I first visited Cardiff because of TW - stayed at Joylons B&B (in the same room as Chris Ecclestone when he was filmign DW, but not at the same time ;-) ) ... met up with fellow TW fans from the US (although I live in the UK) to tour Mermaid Quay and the Plas ... visited the Shrine on a number of occasions ... stayed at the St Davids Hotel for TW related reasons ... went to see Barrowman in panto one year ( the Robin Hood panto season) ... and visited the DW exhibition when it was there ...

went to Sex Wales and Anarchy II in 2009 because of GDL - therefore because of TW, otherwise I'd never have heard of the event or Blue Gillespie ...

So all of my visits to a city only 2 hours away by train have all been prompted by TW ...

on a non TW point I'd highly recommend Fabulous welsh cakes in Mermaid Quay if they're still there - lovely warm, freshly griddled welsh cakes .... yummy flavours ...

Edited at 2012-03-18 03:42 pm (UTC)

I've only been to the UK once, 10 years ago. It wasn't a long trip, just for the Thanksgiving weekend and we went to London. I didn't even have enough time to see London properly which is why I've wanted to go back. There is so much that I want to visit.

I haven't been to Cardiff yet, but the desire to visit is definitely because of TW who wouldn't want to see everything show related. Now there's the Doctor Who exhibition. At work, I have a screensaver of UK castles and they are just so beautiful. If I got a chance, I'd love to do a castle tour.

Ideally, I'd like to spend, like, a few months in the UK, seeing and visiting everything there is to see and visit. ;) I don't know anyone in Cardiff, or anywhere else in Wales, so the main reason for me to go there would be Torchwood (though it wouldn't be the only one - I generally like traveling to new places :)).

Actually just booked my Cardiff train tickets the other day for a day trip during my week long London trip with my friend. She's a fan of Doctor Who (and enjoyed Torchwood, though not as much as me), and I'm definitely a fan of Torchwood (and Doctor Who to a slightly lesser degree). The trip to Cardiff is definitely Torchwood motivated, with the additional benefit/motivation to see a castle and do a day trip outside of London.

We're visiting/staying with one of my best friends from high school who is now living in London (we're all from the midwest in America), and there was no way I was going to be so close to where Torchwood is set and not visit. The goal is to see as much Torchwood related stuff and sites as we can, as well as gain an up close appreciation for the Welsh culture I've grown to love through this series. To say I'm excited for this portion of the trip is, without a doubt, an understatement!

Good luck with your research! I'd be happy to answer any other questions you might have!