Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Wales  /  South Wales  /  Cardiff  /  Museums  /  The Cardiff Story

The Cardiff Story, Cardiff

4.1
#5 of 12 in Museums in Cardiff
Specialty Museum Museum
Cardiff Story is a museum in Cardiff, Wales which exhibits the history of the city. The museum opened on 1 April 2011 and entrance is free. The heritage museum has brought together a collection of 3,000 objects and Cardiff-related artefacts, many donated from Cardiff residents and communities.HistoryOld Library (1882 to 1988)Cardiff Story is situated in the Old Library, at the northern end of The Hayes. The building was opened in 1882 by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff as the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art, which included an art gallery. The Schools of Science and Art were housed in the building until 1890 when it moved to buildings that were part of the University College. The Central Library was moved to a new building located on St David’s Link on 3 December 1988.Cardiff StoryCardiff Council had been seeking the permanent use of the Old Library since the closure of the Cardiff Centre for Visual Arts in 2000.The Cardiff Strategic Tourism Growth Area Action Plan, supported by Cardiff Council and Wales Tourist Board (now Visit Wales), looked at major elements essential to developing Cardiff as a tourism destination, and came with £2 million funding towards projects from such as the development of a specific Cardiff Museum. As a result consultants were appointed in 2002 to produce the feasibility study for a Living Museum of Cardiff, jointly funded by Cardiff Council and The Council of Museums in Wales (now CyMAL). The study concluded that an estimated 130,000 visitors per year are expected based on free entry, a city centre site is essential for a museum accessible to visitors and the community, the focus should be on the last 200 years of Cardiff’s industrial rise, and that a strong interactive element is essential with things for children to do, such as sound and film.
Work out when and for how long to visit The Cardiff Story and other Cardiff attractions using our handy Cardiff vacation planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including The Cardiff Story
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
271 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • Just a simple walk from the train station, this exhibit gave a nice overview of the history of Cardiff, with a little on Wales. Yes, some of the history was grand, but I particularly liked the section...  more »
  • Well presented story of Cardiff. Geared for children, but the parents will enjoy too. Lots of interactive displays  more »
  • I would recommend a visit here if you'd like to get a quick grasp of the history of Cardiff. The information is presented in lots of different ways and I think it is suitable for everyone from school ...  more »
Google
  • Interesting and free. Quite small though.
  • Great staff but the content wasn't always that engaging
  • Interesting way to pass an hour on a wet afternoon even for out of town visitors like us. Dressing up for the children was a hit and they also loved the animatronic house.
  • An awesome location for the Cardiff story museum. Staff are amazing here and the children love it!
  • Stuff made it feel special for the kids especially today Saturday (27/08/2016) a big thank you to them.

Plan your trip to Cardiff

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Cardiff

Cardiff is a compact city, easily explored on foot, from accommodations in its pedestrianized city center. Top-notch hotels and B&Bs are only a short walk from the major attractions and popular shops. The Welsh countryside, along with its quaint country hotels, is easily accessible from Cardiff's centrally located main train station. 
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Cardiff by other users

12 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Wales BY A USER FROM MALTA August, teens, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Wales BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND October, teens, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in South Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Wales BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Cardiff BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Cardiff BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, teens, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans