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

The Cardiff Story, Cardiff

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this venue, but was really surprised by the depths of the exhibits and the interactive components. 
  • During my visit for research, we visited the Cardiff Story which recounts the stories of the development of the city through the lifestyles of the people as they evolved over the years. The exhibition...  read more »
  • If you had been paying attention until now to Cardiff history, by doing the Centenary Walk for example, then this tiny museum helps you put things together in your mind. Lovely hands on exhibition and...  read more »
  • Loved our visit here. The staff were really friendly, even when I came in one day looking for help with a treasure hunt I was on!
  • Small museum but with nice interactive exhibits, and objects with stories told by people actually using and working with them in the past. Also, fascinating videos about working lives in the small blue room, but easy to miss! It probably takes less than 1 hour to look around the main parts of the exhibition, so definitely worth a visit even if you are in a hurry (plus it's free anyway).
  • Interesting venue to find out Cardiff's history, it's landmarks, the river, castle etc. It's one of the smaller museums and only worth a 45 minute visit or so. Be warned there is just one lift and you could be waiting 5-7 minutes at times (stairs are available).
  • Good musem well done
  • Good little museum with plenty to see and regular new features.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h