St Fagans National Museum of History

Cardiff, United Kingdom

St Fagans National Museum of History is an open-air museum in Cardiff chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

It consists of more than forty re-erected buildings from various locations in Wales, and is set in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house. A six-year, £30-million revamp was completed in 2018 and the museum was named the Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2019.

The museum comprises more than forty buildings representing the architecture of Wales, including a nonconformist chapel (in this case, Unitarian), a village schoolhouse, a toll road tollbooth, a cockpit, a pigsty, and a tannery.

The museum holds displays of traditional crafts, with a working blacksmith forge, a pottery, a weaver, a miller, and a clog maker. It also includes two working water mills: one flour mill and one wool mill. Part of the site includes a small working farm which concentrates on preserving local Welsh native breeds of livestock. Produce from the museum's bakery and flour mill is available for sale.

The medieval parish church of Saint Teilo, formerly at Llandeilo Tal-y-bont in west Glamorgan (restored to its pre-Reformation state), was opened in October 2007 and still serves as a place of worship for Christmas, Easter, and Harvest Thanksgiving. A Tudor merchant's house from Haverfordwest, opened in 2012, is the latest building to be added to the museum's collection. Future plans include the relocation of the historic Vulcan public house from Newtown in Cardiff.

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Founded: 1946
Category: Museums in United Kingdom

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Ryan Whitlock (3 years ago)
A weekend spent with friends who took us here on the Sunday. A fantastic venue and so much for kids outside. Well signposted, very interactive and interesting. Staff were great, restaurants were great and fairly priced. The outdoor play park was fantastic for the kids. The sweet shop wasn't open but gives us an excuse to go back. Great value for money having only to book the parking. I highly recommend.
Pete Sessions (3 years ago)
A really excellent day out. Loads of interesting historical things to see. Indoor space if the weather is poor. Amazing grounds and gardens and good cafes. We visited with our family. Two kids aged 4 and 7. Most notable were the staff who were really friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and professional. From the guy manning the car park, the one who explained the history of the terrace of houses going back in time and the guy who served us coffee in the cafe. All of them were fantastic.
scott sturley (3 years ago)
What a fantastic place to visit. So we’ll kept with friendly helpful staff adding to this. I cannot believe it is free! We are so lucky to have this in Wales! Even the additional charge for my son to use the high rope course was very reasonable! Highly recommended
Ava & Daddy (3 years ago)
Great place, haven't been for years, only live 5 minutes away as well. Took my kids and was great. The museum ( inside ) is excellent. Really amazing and free!! Cafe and gift shop on site and a chippy. Great.
Kerry Jones (3 years ago)
It's always worth the long drive to get here and a must if you are visiting Wales . Personally I could spend a week here I love it, if you tire easily I would suggest do the castle and gardens first as it's well worth it. Lots of things to experience for all ages. Free entry just pay to park, the freshly baked bread is wonderful, if you're on a budget take a picnic. Wonderful museum
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