St. Fagans - National History MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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: Museums, History Museums, Outdoors, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Architecture , Picnic Spot, Specialty Museums, Fair
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.
- 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.
- Car parking is £3.50 per car per day.
- 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.
- The Vale Restaurant (Lunches, snacks)
- The Plymouth Arms (Welsh)
- Razzi Restaurant (International)
- Las Iguanas (South American)
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Really enjoyed our Saturday there. Great to see the house and business history of Wales. Each and every building is a eye hole onto the past. The working men's club looked absolutely amazing. Also the toll house and general stores. It was as if it had been taken out of a history book. Well done to the curator's your providing a brilliant look at the Welsh past. My only negative was going to see the clogs being made and the man who was there really didn't want to talk to the general public. I was quite interested in there production and how there made. It was as if my questions where nothing but a hindrance to the person. Surely if you're working in this environment then you should expect being furnished with more than yes and no answers. In every other attraction the staff where totally welcoming and happy to talk. Thanks to the two gentlemen in the main house who spoke with us and explained the history of the house and site with certain authority and knowledge....
I haven't been here for a few years but I was amazed to see how much money has been spent upgrading the whole place. New buildings to see, new parks for the children, including a high rise climbing trek in the air, there are safety lines, great for the older children and teens. Nice to see the good old buildings as well as the new, there's more to see and do.
Lovely place to visit as always, great recent updating of sections at fagans. Nice to see local crafts in the shops. Visited this time for children to go on the high wires. They enjoyed but rules changed slightly to the first go on them in terms of age AND height, which meant I had to go on also. I think problems with confidence have occurred during it's early opening months so that the new minimum solo restrictions are age to be 14, despite height. (Ideally over 140cm as well as age 14). We travelled with a 10, 9 and 7 year old who have done these before without issue but I had to go on as the adult (and pay an extra £10) due to the changes. Shame that an accompanying adult can't have a concession price. Parking has also gone up slightly over the past few visits. I remember it being around £3-3.50 and it's now £5. But it covers a lot of the upkeep of this amazing place and events always seem a reasonable price (Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc) New parks added and cafe, which we are yet to visit. It offers rooms for courses and conferences etc Well worth a visit 😊
Very interesting and lots to do. Amazing to see the ancient items from Roman times all the way up to present day, charting Welsh history. Highlights were the faithful reconstructions of ancient housing and village buildings throughout the site. Lots to do for little ones and great sandwiches in the cafe.
Great place to go and experience the Welsh life in the past. Lots to do for the kids and adults. Free to go in, just have to pay for car park. Would definitely go again next time we are in Wales as we were on holiday from Devon in England. Well done Wales.