St Fagans Museum,seems I have spent most of my life here! There is so much to see and do, you really need two days to walk around the museum which stands in the grounds of Saint Fagans castle, a late 16th century manor house. This open air museum is I believe the foremost tourist attraction in Wales.
The 100 acre museum has over 40 buildings taken from various areas of Wales, then re-erected at Saint Fagans. The buildings vary from a school, to shops, farmhouses, and chapels.
The grounds are really beautiful and peaceful, and it is hard to believe that you are so close to the City of Cardiff.
I always think of the grounds as having two sides, the castle side with its formal gardens and fish ponds, and the other with it's farm houses, fields full of sheep, and flour mill complete with water wheel, not forgetting the bakery where you can purchase home made bread. I remember my favourite being the cheese topped buns, even though my family can only remember me moaning that they were a bit pricey!! If you have been here before, you will appreciate it's tranquillity, especially off season before the summer tourists arrive.
If the weather is a bit cold or damp, there are indoor galleries with exhibitions of costumes, household implements, toys, etc. showing how the Welsh people lived, over the last 500 years.
10am – 5pm daily (open Bank Holiday Mondays)
Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
FREE ENTRY Car Park Charges Apply
The main restaurant and Cafe Bardi are accessible to wheelchair users.
Accessible toilets are available at the Main Entrance, adjacent to the Rhyd y car cottages and in the Castle Yard.
Baby changing facilities are available near the Main Entrance.
Ramped access is provided to the galleries, open-air park and restaurants.
Wheelchair access is possible to most parts of the site. However, it should be noted that the historic nature of some of the buildings in our collection means that access may be difficult
St Fagans National History Museum is located 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre, just off the A4232.
For satellite navigation purposes use the post code CF5 6XB.
St Teilo ChurchThe north chapel was known as the Gronow Chapel presumably after its benefactor.which by the way wasn't me!
Kennixton is a typical farmhouse from Gower in South Wales,
The Workmen's Institute at St Fagans, used by all manner of groups, clubs and societies.
Wales's smallest post office Blaenwaun Post Office, was located about eight miles north of Whitland in Dyfed,
Travel through time as you see six homes, their contents and gardens change from 1805 to 1985 at the Rhyd-y-Car Ironworkers' Houses.
Fish ponds in the castle grounds
Photographs below reproduced by kind permission of
Anne Marie Everatt
The resident blacksmith using traditional tools and equipment to make pieces of decorative forgework.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Gronow