St Fagans Museum is one of the finest outdoor museums in Europe, and is (at time of publication) #1 on Trip Advisor’s list of top attractions to visit in Cardiff. St Fagans Museum is a time capsule of Welsh life over the centuries as you’re able to explore buildings that have been moved and preserved here from across the country.
Crowning the hillside is an impressive Elizabethan Castle which has past several hands in its time. It was refurbished to 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 at St Fagans on their official website HERE.
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Dotted across St Fagans are numerous buildings from centuries gone by, inside the thick stone walls and thatch roofs are tonnes of stories waiting to be told beside a 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/
Updated: October 2020