St. Fagans, Wales
Located in the grounds of a 16th century manor house, St. Fagans is one of Europe's most popular open air museums, and is free to visit. Genuine village buildings can be explored to find out about life, work and leisure in Wales on the past.
The area is filled with buildings and businesses that are furnished with original artefacts and furnishings, documenting the history of Wales from Celtic times to the modern day. All of the buildings are authentic, having been dismantled at other locations and brought together on one site. They include a school, chapel, blacksmith's workshop, houses and a farm. Traditional arts and crafts are demonstrated in many of the buildings, such as the woollen mill and the iron mongers.
The farm animals are typical of those that have been used over the centuries to sustain families and villages, and visitors can see everyday tasks being carried out, such as milking and shearing. The Welsh language is used by many of the craftsmen working at the site, which would have been the norm in the past, and interpreters are on hand to translate. On festival days visitors can see the village celebrating with dances, parades, music and bright decorations. Modern galleries contain artefacts, costumes and photographs, which further explain about life in the past.
There is a cafe and picnic area, baby change facilities and toilets (including disabled toilets). The site is mostly accessible for wheelchair users, but due to the nature of historic buildings, some areas cannot be accessed.
St Fagans National History Museum,
Tel: 029 2057 3500