St Fagans National Museum of History showcases the history of Wales through the people’s everyday lives. The museum is just outside Cardiff and is free to enter though there is a small parking fee.
The main conference building holds two museums with household memorabilia and workplace tools. The museums are of an era where you may even have some of the items in your own house, inherited from granny. They even have an early touring caravan with all the latest mod cons? There is a large restaurant in this building as well.
The main attractions are outside in the extensive grounds of the original house which still stands and parts are open to visitors. The formal gardens and ponds are well maintained with lots of quiet seating areas.
They have gathered up houses from many different eras and transplanted them to the museum. This includes farmhouses, workmen cottages and barns. There is even a high street complete with shops selling Welsh produce. You can stop off at the bakers to get something for your lunch or of cause return to the cafe in the main building. A terrace of houses has been furnished to show how they were modernised throughout several eras.
Several of the buidings such as the mill have live demonstrations during the day and there are also volunteers in the cottages to explain how the people lived. They are dressed in period costume and help you to imagine what it might have been like.
The museum has constructed a High Rope attraction for the children which ends with a zip wire descent.
It is very popular with school groups and can get a little crouded in the tiny cottages. You should allow a good few hours to do the place justice.
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