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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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  • Our first visit, didn't expect to be there as long as we did and we had to rush out....closing!! We will return as we didn't get to enjoy the castle and gardens. Interesting place. 
  • St. Fagans is a great day out for families and has some great walks. We've taken nieces children there for years and it never fails to intrigue. A great place for young (and old) to learn about Welsh ...  read more »
  • Visited St fagans while in Cardiff on a short break. The weather was great and made the visit worth that extra special. The gardens were immaculate and a credit to those whom look after them. The whol...  read more »
  • Plan to come back another day - there's so much here you can't do it one! Huge range of interest and history. Don't forget the castle and gardens up the hill (we did and had to come back the next year - and that took all day!). The farms, mills, barns, pubs, clubs, shops and houses tell the story of Wales from harsh rural farming to the development of towns and industry. Everything feels authentic and is well laid out. The new visitor centre opening in 2017 I believe promises even more. A really good day out. Or two.
  • I am lucky I live nearby so can visit whenever I like, it really is a wonderful place, and it's free of course! The castle gardens and ponds are beautiful. Great place to get married if you can afford it!
  • Great relaxing day out. Enjoyed the history and really got a sense of what life was like in different eras. Shame a lot of it was being renovated during my visit this time meaning some buildings and areas were closed off. Hopefully it will be even better when (if) it is finally complete in the future. The staff are all knowledgeable and very friendly despite having to sit in empty rooms all day.
  • Fantastic day out, walks, events, plenty to see and photo, picnic and guides in almost all the buildings who are really great to talk to and get information off. I take the family there minimum 3 times a year- there is always things that you missed on the last visit, and the news of the latest buildings to be moved and re erected. Food and drink and gifts may be a little on the high side, but you can always take your own into the vast park and all its seats. and dogs go free, respect it has a park and use dog facilities available. While the museum is free, the CAR PARK is now £5.00 per car, is good value considering you can spend the whole day there and still not see everything - but you do have to factor is sweets, gifts, ice cream, tea coffee, etc., which you may want to buy during your visit - can be expensive - so be aware, good value but I certainly wouldn't put any more on the car park price. Would I recommend it ?- in a minute absolutely fantastic day out that all ages will love and enjoy. There are new things coming in the next 2 years - The famous Vulcan Inn from the centre of Cardiff which will be selling real ale. A police station from Taffs Well which is waiting for its turn, a possible railway from Cardiff for the future, and more buildings again. And unlike many other places you can openly take photos in and outside the buildings with no hassle from the guides. BEST VALUE IN A LONG TIME.
  • Fantastic place for many occasions. They're doing a lot of renovation work at the moment however and yet that doesn't really take much away from the peacefulness and the enjoyment of nature and welsh history.
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