St Fagan’s Museum has topped Trip Advisor’s list of top attractions to visit in Cardiff, cementing its place as one of the finest outdoor museums to visit in Europe. St Fagan’s Museum brings to life several hundreds years of life in Wales by inviting you to explore historic buildings that have been moved and preserved here from across the country.
Crowning the hillside is this impressive Elizabethan Castle (pictured above), it has past several hands in its time but Edward Lewis of Y Fan put his stamp on the place back in 1620. The Castle’s lavishly decorated rooms reflect life in the early 20th century after Lord Robert Windsor began visiting with his family during the reign of Queen Victoria.
It’s also interesting to get a flavour of the how the staff used to live and work at the castle.
The surrounding tranquil gardens are perfect to stroll through on your way to the other historical buildings where nature is very much alive. You can see more information about the birds and animals on their official website HERE.
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Dotted across St Fagan’s are historic buildings from centuries gone by, inside the thick stone walls and thatch roofs are tonnes of stories waiting to be told beside the crackling log fire.
As well as the farmhouses, there’s a school, toll house and water mill to explore – including the alluring and ancient St Teilo’s Church pictured below.
The series of six Ironworker houses from the Valley’s is a great way to see how life progressed for Welsh families from the early 1800’s right up to the 1980’s.
For more information and directions here is a link to the museum’s official site: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/stfagans/
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