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St. Fagans

Wales, as well as being a beautiful country and tourist attraction packed with seaside resorts, mountains, lakes and forests, is a proud nation in its own right. Nowhere is this more apparent than at St. Fagans National History Museum, a stunning open-air museum, based in and around the grounds of St. Fagans Castle.

St. Fagans National History Museum is located four and a half miles east of Cardiff centre, and has been open to the public since 1948. St. Fagans Castle itself is a 16th century manor house given to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.

The 100 acres of parkland that surround St. Fagans are now home to 40 historic Welsh buildings that have been rebuilt in their original state. These include St. Teilo’s Church, which was originally constructed between 1100 and 1520 and was shifted to St. Fagans brick by brick.

The décor, furnishings and items of the traditional iron workers’ houses, which date from 1805 to 1985, demonstrate how the lives of workers in Merthyr Tydfil, one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, changed through the centuries.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of St. Fagans is that it is a truly “working” museum. Craftsmen demonstrate traditional crafts such as clog-making, fabric production and cooking traditional Welsh food. Even better than the chance to see these ancient skills being practised is the fact that you can purchase the results to take home as a souvenir.

Finish your journey back in time by visiting the photography studio and having a sepia photograph taken wearing period costume – an image of the past that you can take back to the present.


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Old Post House

Old Post House

Greenwood Lane, Cardiff
4.4
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Fagans and Museum of Welsh Life. Llandaff Cathedral is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

£79
The Laurels

The Laurels

Cardiff Road, Cardiff
4.3
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Fagans and Museum of Welsh Life. Llandaff Cathedral is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

£44
Copthorne Hotel Cardiff-Caerdydd

Copthorne Hotel Cardiff-Caerdydd

Copthorne Way Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff
4.1
of 5, from 822 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cardiff hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans and Trelai Park. Victoria Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

£75
Village Hotel Cardiff

Village Hotel Cardiff

29 Pendwyallt Road, Coryton, Cardiff
3.9
of 5, from 526 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Whitchurch Hospital and Castell Coch. Llandaff Cathedral is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

£45
Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

St Mary Street, Cardiff
4.4
of 5, from 1,479 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Cardiff, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Principality Stadium, and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Rooms to Rent Cardiff

Rooms to Rent Cardiff

Leckwith Road, Woodlands, Cardiff
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Situated in Cardiff, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Cardiff City Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cardiff University and Principality Stadium. Cardiff Castle and National Museum Wales are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Maison Galles - Apartments

Maison Galles - Apartments

7 Romilly Crescent, Cardiff
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cardiff, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swalec Stadium, Principality Stadium, and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff University and Llandaff Cathedral are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£62
St Hilary Hotel

St Hilary Hotel

144 Cathedral Rd., Cardiff
2.8
of 5, from 9 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Swalec Stadium, Cardiff University and Principality Stadium. Cardiff Castle and Llandaff Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).