St. Fagans - National History Museum, Cardiff
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Address: Cardiff CF5 6XB, Wales (Creigiau - St. Fagans)UnitedKingdom
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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Experience the historical metamorphosis of Wales as you wander around St. Fagans National History Museum. With each path begging to tell you a story, this open air museum has been named the most fascinating sight in the country numerous times, and for good reason.
It all started in 1946, when the Earl of Plymouth donated the land and St. Fagans Castle. The museum opened to the public in 1948 and was initially called the ‘Welsh Folk Museum’, which is still its name in the local tongue. It was built with the Swedish ‘Skansen’ museum in mind, but is considered to be a more ambitious creation since most of its buildings were created in hard to de-assemble masonry.
Today the museum is a 100 acres expanse of land, filled with luscious greenery, quaint tea stalls and more than 40 re-erected buildings from around the country. Each of these marvellously built structures is an example of a different period and phase in the country’s lifetime, from rural life to the industrial period. There are even some secret buildings hidden away in the corners and only those exploring the area on foot will be able to find them. Fans of TV show ‘Dr. Who’ will find this sight particularly delightful, as two episodes of the show (‘Human Nature’ and ‘The Family of Blood’) were filmed here.
- Gaze at beautiful architecture as you pass by structures created by Welsh builders of old, and how their craft evolved over time, with the designs of a Unitarian chapel, a tollbooth, a cockpit and a tannery as examples. The medieval parish church of Saint Teilo, a Tudor merchant’s house and a historic Vulcan public house are also aesthetically pleasing buildings.
- Take a look at the life of the average artisan, as a functional blacksmith’s forgery, a pottery, a weaver and two working water mills, highlight traditional crafts. There are real life craftsmen who will take you through each trade with on the spot demonstrations. There’s even a small working farm filled with native breeds of livestock! Picnic on the lush, green garden grounds afterwards, all that work is sure to whip up an appetite.
- The industrial period, probably the most impactful time in the world, is highlighted by a row of workers cottages, Oakdale Workmen’s Instititute and a post-war, pre-fabricated bungalow. Hunters of historical sites will find these most interesting.
- There’s a small playground for children that’s sure to be a hit, while grown-ups can relax and enjoy some tea after all that walking and exploring.
- There are traditional festivals, music and dance events held year throughout the year. It’ll be worth catching a program on these giant grounds, so do check the ‘Festivals’ section on the City Page.
St. Fagans - National History Museum Information
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Food is expensive so it’s best if you pack a picnic basket for yourself.
- There’s a lot of walking to do so ensure you’re fit enough to cover the whole museum by foot, otherwise you can pay£1 for a ride from one end to the other.
- You can opt for an official tour of the area, which includes cookery demonstrations, re-enactments and hands-on art and craft activities.
- Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to take prams or pushchairs into the buildings.
- Wheelchairs on request at main entrance. A motorised vehicle can be pre-booked for those with mobility problems. Ramps provide access to the entry point and shops.
- Large print guide books are available free on loan. Please ask at the entrance.
- Dogs are allowed on site provided they are kept on a lead.
- Please note the Explore Wales Pass is only valid on services operated by Cardiff Bus and City Sightseeing.
- St Fagans National History Museum is located 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre, just off the A4232. For satellite navigation purposes use the post code CF5 6XB.
St. Fagans - National History Museum Ticket Prices
- Car parking is £3.50 per car per day.
How To reach St. Fagans - National History Museum by Public Transport
- Bus: Buses operate between Cardiff Central Bus Station and the Museum throughout the year (number 32A, 320, 322).The Museum is a 20 minute bus ride from Cardiff city centre.
- Train: The nearest railway station is Cardiff Central.
Restaurants Near St. Fagans - National History Museum
- The Vale Restaurant (Lunches, snacks)
- The Plymouth Arms (Welsh)
- Razzi Restaurant (International)
- Las Iguanas (South American)
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St. Fagans - National History Museum, Cardiff Reviews - Write a Review
One word, fantastic... Open air museum, with some demonstrations to give it an authentic feel. Staff very friendly. A great place to take the kids. Although we didn't use it, there is a cafe for a bite to eat. It also has a great gift shop as well.
Fantastic free museum of buildings from around Wales moved & rebuilt to the site. It's quite a lot of walking too, so make sure you have time for a couple if rest stops at the cafes! Parking £5. Gardens not open all year. Some buildings may not be open depending on staff numbers, time of year, etc.
Third time of visiting..just love this place and always visit while on holiday.. lovely new visitors centre has just been opened with a great restaurant. Would recommend this place for anyone wanting a good day out, although a lot of walking is involved. Dr who fans, look out for filming locations...
Love this place. Free to enter...£5 parking. Great hot meals ..very delicious. Fantastic walks and history is good. The staff there are very approachable to explain more about the houses etc. I also take a picnic for my son. Dog walkers are welcome with dogs kept on a lead and more and more being built all the time. For a fun free day out for everyone I would recommend St Fagans.
Great day out. Easily accessible from Cardiff city centre, although the last bus back is before closing time. Sandwiches too expensive, and the restaurant had practically run out of food by the time we were ready to eat. Great collection of buildings and friendly staff. And free entry!
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