St. Fagans - National History Museum

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  • Address: Cardiff CF5 6XB, Wales (Creigiau - St. Fagans)UnitedKingdom, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-2920573500
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, History Museum, Outdoors, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Architecture , Picnic Spot, Specialty Museum, Fair

St. Fagans - National History Museum - Review

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 Address: Cardiff CF5 6XB, Wales (Creigiau - St. Fagans)UnitedKingdom, United Kingdom
  • St. Fagans - National History Museum Contact Number: +44-2920573500
  • St. Fagans - National History Museum Timing: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • St. Fagans - National History Museum Price: Free
  • Best time to visit St. Fagans - National History Museum(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit St. Fagans - National History Museum: 03:00 Hrs
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St. Fagans - National History Museum, Cardiff Reviews

  • I love visiting St. Fagans. I can keep coming back and it never gets boring. Many of the buildings have members of staff in them who can tell you more about the building, it's time period and is history. It really helps to bring alive history and understanding of the lives of everyday people. A great experience for both adults and children. There is such a large number of different types of buildings and different time periods from which the different buildings come from. A lot of the buildings are set apart from each other, so there is some walking (not lots) between the different exhibits but the scenery is lush and green and pleasant on a non-rainy day

  • St Fagans is a great place for a day out. There's a very large car park and an even bigger overflow field that they can park any number of cars on. Because the museum is in Wales it is free to enter but you do pay for the car park on our visit in August of 2018 we paid £5 for parking. This is a collection of historic Houses from around Wales that has been rebuilt all in the one location. there are plenty of guides to talk to you in some of the older houses which makes them come alive. There is a Victorian collection of houses including ironmongers and sweet shop. there is a bakery that is very popular because they sell what they make and there is often a queue out of the door waiting to buy. Recently they've added a high ropes course to make it more interesting for the younger people. If there is a negative it's the fact that there seems to be a great number of wasps around that can be quite off-putting if you're trying to sit and eat your picnic.

  • This is a large open air museum with many buildings from throughout Wales that document the history of the land. Buildings include farmsteads, churches, terraced cottages, chapels, shops, Mill, toll House, Castle and many more. It is free to enter with just a £5 car parking charge for the day. There are numerous food outlets including the traditional style bakery and 2 cafés but they also include plenty of benches and picnic tables. It's great for all ages as there is plenty to see and the information boards are packed with great information about the buildings. Not the best place to visit in the rain but still manageable giving the wide variety of buildings to take shelter in.

  • This museum is first class, indoor museum closed until October 2018 but outdoor exhibits are excellent, easy to spend a whole day here and be totally engrossed with each and every aspect of it, stunning gardens and house, wonderful cottages exhibiting post war periods, fun activities for kids and memory lane exhibits for older folk. This museum is a jewel on the outskirts of Cardiff and you will take away memories to treasure and want to return often. Don't miss this free and exciting site. Affordable car park charge applies. Plan your visit today, all ages will love it.

  • This is a great venue for a day out all year round. Personally I prefer it in the winter when the crowds reduce and I can take more time to study each exhibit and take some photos. The exhibits by the way are actual buildings, each of a specific historical type and age, moved piece by piece from all over Wales. If you like crowds of course then the summer is for you. Lots of walks and plenty of benches for a sit down and relax. There are always events taking place so check the website frequently. They are setting up some new craft workshops which look interesting and some new (old) buildings are nearing completion. The venue is free but in the summer the car park will cost you £5 per car. I believe this is reduced in the winter. Well worth checking out if you fancy something out of the ordinary.

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