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"The Museum of Welsh Life" Museum of Welsh Life Tip by Goner

Museum of Welsh Life, Cardiff: 13 reviews and 33 photos

  Celtic Village
by Goner

The Museum of Welsh life is located 4 miles from Cardiff, at St Fagans. I'ts a 100-acre open air museum of more than 30 reconstructed buildings gathered from all over Wales. This popular outdoor heritage attraction lets you wander around the grounds and go into buildings. You’ll feel a part of the past while learning how the people of Wales lived and worked.

The buildings are fully furnished with the artifacts and furniture of the times. St. Teilo’s, a 13th century church, was brought here and during the process 16th century wall paintings were discovered on the church’s walls that told the Bible stories for the ordinary people who couldn’t read or write.

Terraced houses portray life in a Welsh mining community that spans over 200 years. The Gwalia Stores is a general store where you can buy cheese and other items from the 20’s. The Llawryglyn Smith is where you can watch the blacksmith shaping horseshoes and farm tools. Fleece and flannel are manufactured in the Esgair Moel Woollen. There is a mill that produces stone-ground wheat flour used in the Derwen Bakehouse where traditional and bara brith bread are made - you can it nice and hot. You can see a wood turner, a cooper, a clogmaker and a leather worker demonstrating their works.

There are farmhouse filled with Edwardian furniture. A Celtic village shows household and hunting equipment of 3000 years ago.

There is a large indoor museum showing farming implements and vehicles, costumes, crafts, and artifacts of daily living from the Middle Ages to today. The craft collections include woodworking, leatherwork, metalwork, basketmaking, and pottery. A textile craft collection includes quilting, embroidery, lacemaking, tailoring, and woollen products.

There’s a library of over 40,000 volumes for research studies as well as photo archives. Special events are held throughout the year.

Allow about 4 hours to visit.
Restaurant, snack bar and tearoom on premises. Do have a Welsh Cake from the snack bar - delicious.

Address: St. Fagans, Cardiff, CF5 6XB
Directions: At St Fagans village, 4 miles west of Cardiff
Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3387

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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