Wales's most-visited heritage attraction standing in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, located on the outskirts of Cardiff.
St Fagans National Museum of History is one of world’s leading open–air museums and Wales’s most-visited heritage attraction. A new welcome launched in 2018 with the main building and Gweithdy now open. New galleries will open in the autumn.
It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. During the last fifty years, over fifty original buildings from different locations in Wales and from different historical periods have been re-built in the 100-acre parkland. Each building is frozen in time and opens a door into Welsh history offering a fascinating glimpse into the past.
See how people in Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. The re-erected buildings include farmhouses, a row of ironworkers’ cottages, a medieval church, a Victorian school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen’s Institute.
The gardens at St Fagans are among the best in Wales. You will walk through elegant formal gardens of St Fagans castle or see the cottage gardens that provided food for working families. Native breeds of livestock can be seen in the fields and farmyards, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily.
There are also workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills. Their produce is usually on sale. Come and see one of the last working clogmakers in Wales or meet the blacksmith. There is a weaver working in an 18th century woolen mill and a miller producing flour in the 19th century corn mill.
Visitors gain an insight into the rich heritage and culture of Wales, and the Welsh language can be heard in daily use amongst craftsmen and interpreters.
Throughout the year, St Fagans comes to life — literally — as traditional festivals, music and dance events are celebrated. St Fagans explores all aspects of how people in Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Like generations of visitors, you will be inspired by its celebration of Welsh traditions and lifestyles.
We recommend that you allow at least 3 hours for your visit. The Museum is the number one attraction in ‘Things to do in Cardiff’ as voted by users of TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel review site.
The Museum is also a popular film location. Several episodes of Dr Who have been filmed at the Museum, and scenes from BBC’s 2015 production of Poldark were filmed in two farmhouses.
The Museum has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Welsh Government to completely transform the visitor experience and change the way people engage with Welsh history. We’re going to open new gallery spaces to tell the more of the stories of the people of Wales. New historic structures on archaeological finds include Iron Age roundhouses and a medieval prince’s hall.
High Ropes at St Fagans
Experience an exciting new high ropes course perched in the beech trees at St Fagans National Museum of History.
Climb, swing, balance and wobble your way through the trees, and see the sights of St Fagans from above, before zipping back down to earth.
Tackle CoedLan’s 18 different obstacles, including a balance beam, zig zag bridge, cargo net and a zip wire.
No advance booking necessary – purchase your tickets on the day from the Museum’s front desk.
The course costs £10 per person for one full circuit of the high ropes which includes a 50m zip wire to finish.
Participants must be 110cm tall in order to take part. Children between 110cm and 130cm must be accompanied by an individual over 130cm. The maximum weight is 18 stone.
Traces is not an audio guide. Nor is it a tourist guide.
It is a companion – telling you a story that reveals fragments of fact and fiction inspired by St Fagans; the space, its stories and archives.
It is for the curious. For the seekers of mystery. And for those who are willing to get lost in the traces of a story:Download For iPhone Download For Android
Traces is a free, site-specific storytelling audio app that takes you on a journey around the site. This is not a factual audio guide, but is designed for you to experience St Fagans in a new way. You can use Traces alone or with a partner.
The partner journey will take you on two routes that interweave, and takes around 40 minutes.
The solo journey follows an accessible path, and takes around 30 minutes.
How to Play
- Download the app before you arrive at St Fagans (and make sure the first screen loads properly).
- Bring headphones with you to St Fagans.
- Find the tunnel to the Castle Gardens (ask a member of staff if you get lost).
- Start the app.
- The app is optimised for Android 5.1 and latest iOS. Please note the app is not compatible with some budget smartphones.
- If you are having a problem downloading the app make sure you have a good internet connection and that you have enough storage space on your phone.
- You will not need a data connection during the experience.
The Traces project is a partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff University and yellobrick, a creative marketing agency that builds engaging and participatory experiences for brands and organizations.
The Museum is signposted from junction 33 of the M4 motorway (follow road signs for the Museum of Welsh Life), with direct access from the A4232.
£5.00 per day. Please bring change as machines cannot accept notes or card payments. FREE for disabled badge holders, motorbikes and coaches. £25 yearly ticket available from Reception.
Buses operate between Stop KN Westgate Street Cardiff (outside Welsh Rugby Store) and St Fagans throughout the year. Bus Nos. 32A and 320 to St Fagans at least hourly during the Museum’s visiting hours, sometimes more frequently subject to seasonal variations.
See https://www.traveline.cymru/ for bus details
Telephone: +44 (0)30 0111 2333
Address: St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, CF5 6XB