Pirates, Indian temples and Protestant martyrs are all part of Cardiff's forgotten history which one historian wants to bring to life for 21st century Cardiffians.
Jim Cowan, 45, has recently started a new venture in the city centre, which incorporates a leisurely Welsh breakfast with a tour of historical Cardiff.
Mr Cowan said: "I don't want it to be an ordinary history walk about buildings and dates. I want it to be about bringing the people to life and making it easy to imagine what historical Cardiff was like to live in."
For someone with little grounding in Cardiff history there are plenty of gems, and Cowan's enthusiasm and charisma make sure his tales are never dull.
Cowan skips between stories with ease, in one moment telling of the 16th century citizens of Cardiff who grew rich on wares stolen by pirates lurking along the South Wales Coast, waiting for merchant ships coming to and from Bristol and in the next of ardent Protestant Rawlins White being burnt at the stake and is now commemorated in St John's Church in the city centre.
One of the most surprising tales is of the opening of the old library by Edward VII in 1896, which was celebrated with an exhibition in Cathays park. In spectacular style a lake was built to re-enact famous sea battles, an Indian temple was constructed and a jungle complete with real animals was put in place.
More strangely still, the only remaining evidence of the event are a few photographs and a ticket stub.
The walk also includes a sneak peak at the magnificent tiled corrider in the old library. Hidden from the public for decades it will open this week as part of the new Cardiff Story museum.
Cowan may have just started this latest project but he has plans for the future,
"I just love the history and doing the walks," he said.
"I would love to write a book about the Llandaff ghosts as well."
One thing is certain from this walk; Cardiff history is anything but dull.
The walks take place on Saturday mornings, starting at 10am outside tourist information, or breakfast is served from 8am at Garland's Eatery in the Duke Arcade.
Bookings can be made here