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Saint Fagans Travel Guide: 86 reviews and 335 photos

St Fagans is an open air museum that houses several buildings from many historical periods (from Celtic times to modern days). Most of the buildings have been moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected. It is actually a big folk museum because what you see here is the daily life in Wales, how and where the people lived where they spent their time etc

So, my page will be dedicated to the museum and not to the small real village next to it with normal houses and people but we couldn’t visit it anyway because there is no bus after museum’s closure time. By the way we took bus 32 from Bus Terminal in Cardiff and we were there in 25’

There’s no entrance fee (donations are welcome)
It is open daily 10.00-17.00

No surprise it is a very popular attraction that brings thousands of visitors, especially during weekends. The day we went there was a bit chilly and light showers kept people away so we saw the museum empty although some photos were very dark :)

Although there are big maps on signs all over the park we preferred to buy a map at the entrance for £0.30. This gave a general idea of the area, we had a quick coffee at the café of the museum and we started to explore the area (it took us about 4 hours but you can spend less if you skip many parts).

First we saw a long field with lazy sheeps and then we visited the first part of the park which is a maze of peaceful paths near the lake, I loved it there, especially some corners where the trees were very picturesque among the gardens etc I have to admit that I loved the landscape and gardens as much as the buildings. Then we started to visit the second part of the park which houses various different houses (in some of them there was someone giving us information about the building and the people that once lived or worked there, old churches and chapels, many workshops too, in some of them you can see demonstrations or even buy some products. The Iron Age Celtic Village was a big surprise for us too. At the end we saw the farm which is full in operation with pigs, horses, ducks etc :)

Most of the text on my tips have been copied from the amazingly informative signs in front of the buildings

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:ideal open air museum
  • Cons:can get extremely croweded during weekends
  • Last visit to Saint Fagans: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated Jun 13, 2011
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Hello, Konstantinos! Thanks for your great story...We also have similar places in Kiev and in Lviv...We call them Folk Architecture Museums...

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