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.