St. Fagans - National History Museum

Currently 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
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, History Museum, Outdoors, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Architecture , Picnic Spot, Specialty Museum, Fair

About St. Fagans - National History Museum, Cardiff

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

  • An amazing living museum of Welsh history. Property throughout Wales destined for destruction is slowly and painstakingly taken down brick by brick and rebuilt here. An altogether incredible history, with baker, funfair, ironmonger, church amongst others. The high rope adventure park looks outstanding but sadly isn't open yet. Wearing Wellington boots is perhaps wise. Although free to get in there is a suggested donation of £5, which is well worth the money, but what isn't is the extortionate price of food. Bringing a picnic might be more sensible. All in all a great day out for all the family. Incidentally, a Cardiff pub is due to be built here in the next couple of years.

  • Next visit I will make sure I spend a day there. Loved the old stone cottages. The smell of the real lit coal fire as you enter the door, brought back memories of my Gran. Great play areas for children young and older. The olde world shops as they would have been, selling jams, pickles Welsh cakes and lots more, sweets from sweet jars hand made chocolate novelties, well worth a visit. I will be back. Free to go in, they make some profit from shops and cafes to help cover running costs. Big car park disable friendly.

  • A lovely family day out great facilities and even though we visit regularly there is always something new to see. It's free entry but the cafe and extras or very pricey 1 black coffee and one sandwich costing £8.60 so if your on a budget take a picnic , there are plenty of picnic tables dotted around and lovely spots to sit. It's a lot of walking but there is wheelchair access to most of the museum . Highly recommend, especially in good weather

  • This place is absolutely fantastic. I wish I could give it more stars! I highly recommend visiting. Great for children all ages. Great for teenagers, couples, elderly, everybody! Take a picnic and enjoy a free day out! We paid £5 for the whole day parking. You can easily spend a whole day here.

  • Exciting day out for grown ups and children alike to take a walk through history and experience life through the ages in Wales whilst enjoying fresh bread and hard boiled sweets. The gardens are fabulous, you can have afternoon tea in the tearooms above the shop or a meal in the restaurant. All you pay for is parking (£5) most machines take coins, 1 takes card payments and if it's broken (which it was the day we visited) the lovely staff at the help desk in the main building are happy to oblige you. I can't recommend this place highly enough!

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