St Fagans National History Museum

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Located a few miles outside Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum is Wales’s most popular historical site, with over 600,000 visitors per year. It is one of seven museums across Wales that together form Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

St Fagans is set in 100 acres of parkland in the grounds of a sixteenth-century Elizabethan manor house, which was donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. It has over 40 historic buildings relocated from across the country, telling the stories of how people have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Practical activities and demonstrations of traditional crafts across the site help visitors gain insights into the rich culture and heritage of Wales.

The most popular buildings include a terrace of six iron-workers’ houses from Merthyr Tydfil; St Teilo’s Church, reconstructed as a sixteenth-century medieval Catholic church from the Swansea area; Abernodwydd, a timber-framed thatched farmhouse from Powys and one of the first buildings re-erected at St Fagans in 1951; a Victorian school from Ceredigion and Oakdale Workmen’s Institute from Caerphilly, built during the First World War.

To walk in the footsteps of your forefathers, sit and ponder by an open fire, eat freshly-baked bread and revel in Wales‘s history is a very special experience. Sain Ffagan is one of my favourite places in the world.

Cerys Matthews
Singer-songwriter, author, broadcaster

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St Teilo's Church