Spend the day at the award winning St Fagans National Museum of History; with free entry it is an affordable treat! Have lunch in one of the five cafes/tea rooms on site and spend the afternoon watching craftsmen at work in their historical surroundings, making gifts and treasures in front of your eyes. Perfect for a family day out or for those culture vultures among you.
Since 1948 over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland at St Fagans, which has been Wales’s most popular heritage attraction for many years. Among these buildings are houses, a farm, a school, a chapel, smithy, wool mill and a splendid Workmen’s Institute. There is so much to see, but why not start with a visit to Llys Llywelyn – a medieval prince’s hall and then go on to the Victorian school or perhaps a look at the Iron Age Roundhouses.
Take a break for lunch at any one of the five places to eat on site, inluding a fish and chip shop, cafe, tea rooms and Buttery. You are spoilt for choice! You can also pick up some traditional Welsh food from the 1920s Gwalia Stores to keep the wolf from the door on the way home.
One of the excitements of a visit to this wonderful museum is the traditional crafts and activities that bring St Fagans alive. You will find working craftsmen across the site, including a resident blacksmith in the 18th century smithy using traditional tools and equipment to make pieces of decorative forgework. Delicious bread and cakes are made daily at the Derwen Bake House, you can watch traditional clogs being made in the clogmaker’s workshop (and have some made to order) or visit the woollen mill which produces traditional shoulder shawls and Welsh carthenni or blankets. Built in 1760, the entire process from dyeing the fleece to finishing the fabric happens here.
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