St Fagans National Museum of History
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Explore the story of Wales and its people through St Fagans' extensive collections and historic buildings, all set in beautiful parkland.
One of Wales' most popular heritage attractions, the museum stands in the grounds of St Fagans Castle and Gardens, a Grade I listed 16th-century manor house just outside Cardiff. Over 40 original buildings have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, giving a taste of Welsh life from different periods of history. They include a Tudor merchant's house, farm, school, chapel and Workmen's Institute.
St Fagans is very much a working museum with native breeds of livestock, demonstrations of farming tasks and a host of craftspeople displaying their skills, including blacksmiths, bakers and clog makers.
You can try your own hand at traditional crafts in Gweithdy, which is both a gallery and a workshop celebrating the skills of makers across millennia. Other galleries draw on the collections to explore everyday life across history, from Iron Age cooking gadgets to a coffee machine brought from Italy in 1921.
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