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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 £75
Old Post House

Old Post House

Greenwood Lane, Cardiff
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 16 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in St. Fagans, 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.

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    Copthorne Hotel Cardiff-Caerdydd

    Copthorne Way Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 877 reviews
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      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.

      Future Inns Cardiff Bay £53
      Future Inns Cardiff Bay

      Future Inns Cardiff Bay

      Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 1,832 reviews
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        Located in Butetown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Doctor Who Exhibition and Wales Millennium Centre. Techniquest and Principality Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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        Cwrt Yr Ala Barns

        Cwrt Yr Ala Barns

        Cwrt-Yr-Ala Road, Cardiff
           
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          Village Hotel Cardiff

          Village Hotel Cardiff

          29 Pendwyallt Road, Coryton, Cardiff
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 592 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.

            16 Person Large Edwardian House Near To Cardiff City Centre
            16 Person Large Edwardian House Near To Cardiff City Centre

            16 Person Large Edwardian House Near To Cardiff City Centre

            , Cardiff
               
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              This holiday home is located in Cardiff (Canton), close to Victoria Park, Cardiff University and Llandaff Cathedral. Also nearby are Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

              2 Bed Central Apartment Heart Of Cardiff
              2 Bed Central Apartment Heart Of Cardiff

              2 Bed Central Apartment Heart Of Cardiff

              Flat 5 St Johns Court, Cardiff
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This apartment is located in Cardiff (Canton), close to Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff University and Principality Stadium. Also nearby are Cardiff Castle and National Museum Wales.

                Artisan Quarter £37
                Artisan Quarter

                Artisan Quarter

                55-57 & 84 Cathedral Road, Cardiff
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 182 reviews
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                  Located in Pontcanna, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Swalec Stadium, Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 1 mile (2 km).