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St. Fagans: National History Museum, Cardiff
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Chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people, St. Fagans: National History Museum consists of more than 40 recreated buildings taken from various locations in Wales. Located on the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house, this open-air museum welcomed its first visitors in 1948. The site, modeled after an outdoor museum situated in Stockholm, includes a Unitarian chapel, village schoolhouse, tollbooth, pigsty, and tannery. Holding permanent displays of traditional crafts, the museum also features a working blacksmith’s forge, pottery shop, mill, and clog maker’s shop. Drop by the site’s small farm, which concentrates on preserving native breeds of livestock, to peruse the fresh produce available for sale. Our Cardiff travel itinerary planner makes visiting St. Fagans: National History Museum and other Cardiff attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Intended to spend a couple of hours here whilst on a short break in Cardiff. However, the time passed so quickly, and there was so much of interest, that we spent the best part of a whole day there, i...  more »
  • We were disappointed with our day trip as the museum was being upgraded We had to park in a field at a cost of £5 but not told of renovations to the museum , our grandchildren were disappointed as mos...  more »
  • You will enjoy this place which rises above the pastiche I think I expected to produce a wonderful collection of buildings with further improvements on the way soon. A really good insight into Welsh l...  more »
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  • Good day out for the family. Free entry but parking could cost up to £5 for a car. Lovely gardens and lakes. Plenty of historical buildings to see. Can walk around the main house and some of the reconstructed buildings. Staff are friendly and helpful with good knowledge. Main block currently under revamp so facilities are limited. Not sure when it is due to fully open, maybe early 2017. Food available at different points.
  • Really cool outdoor museum where you can see buildings from all over Wales as they would have been hundreds of years ago. They are real, antique buildings which have been moved from other parts of Wales, containing antique furniture set up as it would have been originally. The staff are all very knowledgeable and love to chat about the buildings. There is somebody in each of the buildings to answer any questions and they even tend to fires in the fireplaces. Some days you will be able to see a cogmaker or a blacksmith at work. They are working on building an indoor area to the museum which will have more of the history of Wales.
  • One word FANTASTIC, for just the price of £5 for parking you just can't beat it. The staff are enthusiastic, happy to answer questions and talk about the building they are in, whether an adult or a child has asked it. You could easily come here anytime of year and several times a year as it changes all the time. Lots of construction happening which makes for an exciting future. A full days sightseeing is easily done and lots of lovely places to sit down for a picnic.
  • Great day out and very inexpensive as the only costs are travelling there and parking. Lots of fascinating buildings lovingly moved and rebuilt. Knowledgeable guides. Beautiful gardens and main house.
  • A fantastic look into various points of Welsh history. Entire buildings and been moved and where required restored. Craft historians will show you how our various industries started and you can buy some of their produce. Food on site is available and to a good standard. Excellent for a sunny day.