Saint Fagans Travel Guide

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Saint Fagans Things to Do

  • St Mary's Church, st Fagans

    Opposite the entrance to St Fagan's castle is the church.There was no entry but I walked roung the churchyard wherestones date from the 1700s to the present day. The stones varied from crosses, flat graves, tombs and other edifices.

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  • Other buildings round St Fagan's castle

    Other buildings can be seen when walking around the castle grounds. There is an interesting Threshing barn with interesting lattice type walls which allowed the dust to leave the building. Unfortunately there was no entry, but a window was open so I was able to take a peek inside.The Woollen mill included a loom and other machinery.There was a boat...

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  • The castle and its gardens

    Having seen the Museum of Welsh Life, we thought we'd seen everything. However, we decided to have an afternoon out and found ourselves back in St Fagan's. THis time we were at the back entrance, leading to the castle or Elizabethan manor house . Inside the rooms available for visitors to see were rather dark and surprisingly small, except for the...

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  • Buy a Freshly baked traditional loaf

    When visiting the castle do buy a freshly baked loaf of bread, you can smell the baker baking it before you see the shop..the smell is mmmmmmmmmmmm

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  • Good Cuppa Tea

    St Fagans also has a Special Tea room upatairs in the Gwalia Store. I had a bowl of soup with fresh bead and butter,pot of tea for one all for under £6.

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  • Good for all sorts of Photography

    St Fagans has a open air part to the museum with over forty original buildings from all over Wales moved and re-erected in the Castle grounds.

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  • Llwyn yr eos Farm

    Last but not least we visited Llwyn yr eos Farm which is a typical farm at St Fagans and still works like that today. Apart from the castle, Llwyn yr eos farm is the only building in the museum in its original location. It was built in 1820, the present house and barn was part of the Plymouth Estate. With the change from arable farming to dairy...

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  • St Mary’s Board School

    St Mary’s Board School (pic 1) opened at Maestir, Lampeter in 1880. Rachel Ann Thomas (her picture is at the entrance) was the headmistress of this rural school from 1894 to 1905. She taught the “3 Rs”(reading, writing and arithmetic) to children (aged 5 to 14) of servants, labourers and estate workers. Getting the children to attend class was...

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  • small buildings and stores

    The Tollhouse (from Penparcau) on pic 1 dates from 19th century when Turnpike Trusts that built roads across Wales had to find a way to repay the loan they got from rick landowners. So they build tollhouses like this. There is a sign (pic 2) with prices for vehicles and animals. Local farmers had to pay also for the rent to wealthy landowners, a...

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  • Kennixton farmhouse

    I was surprised of the impressive red color of this farmhouse (pic 1) from Llangennith, Gower. It was probably a sign of social status but according to the sign the red may protected against evil spirits. We spend more time here because you see the interior which is furnished as it was in 1800 when a family of 5 with a maid and farm labourer lived...

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  • Mills

    Deheufryn Farm Gorse Mill (from Dolwen) (pic 1) is a small food processor for animals like the machine we use to turn fruits into a pulp or juice. Gorse was used for many reasons, it grew all year round, it was thought to be very nourishing and it grew in very poor soil so farmers could keep their best fields to grow more valuable crops. There was...

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  • Workmen’s Institute

    Most of Welsh industrial towns and villages had workmen’s institutes or stutes as they were fondly known. These impressive structures provided education and leisure facilities for workmen and their families. We went inside this one (that was originally in Oakdale ) (pic 1) but we could check only the library because they were having a presentation...

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  • The Battle Of St Fagans (8 May 1648)

    Before I read this sign I was wondering what exactly we were looking at as we could see only some trees in front of us! Usually the signs on the museum informs the visitors about a building but here was about the general area that lies in front. It was here where the most important battle in Wales of the Civil Wars between Crown and Parliament...

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  • a chapel and a church

    We saw a chapel (pic 1). It’s Pen-rhiw Chapel (from Dre-fach Felindre). It is used by the Unitarians, a group with a very open-minded approach to religion(though they believe in one God, they have no standard set of beliefs). Many Christians disagreed with them and called the part of west Wales where they lived “The Black Spot”. Since 1777 people...

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  • Hayshed, Farmhouses & Prefab

    We visited Cilewent Farmhouse (from Rhayader) (pics 1-2), a structure that housed people and animals. Around 250 years ago the family living here would have lived at the one end and the cattle at the other while both were using the same front door. Long-houses like this were common in mid and south Wales. They had a female and perhaps a male...

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  • the Barn & the Woollen Mill

    One of the first building we saw was Stryd Lydan barn (pic 1) which is a farm on the English border in Penley, near Wrexham. This barn used to be one of its outbuildings. It was moved to the Museum shortly after it opened in 1948. The barn is made up of three separate sections with the old and largest part coming from 1550, an extension was added...

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  • walking around the museum

    After a hot cup of coffee we bought a map of the park (for only £0,30). By the way there’s no entrance fee for the park so you have no excuse to miss this amazing place and spend a great day here.So, we entered the park and saw a big lawn with numerous sheeps (pic 1). For some strange I though the area will be very boring! We took the back paths...

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  • Chicken fights

    We were told here is where there were held the chicken fights... not sure... but at least we tried lolAt least we had a good laugh .... and the people that enter and found us in the middle doing silly things.

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Saint Fagans Restaurants

  • Museum Cafe

    We went early to Saint Fagans museum so we visited the café where we had a hot cup of coffee. Later we saw many people eating there. I’ve noticed a lot of sandwiches and pastries on display.Of course on a clear day you may want to take a picnic!

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  • Have some afternoons tea at the Museum

    On the top of the shop, there is a coffee shop. It is a quiet one, and the cream tea deserves a visit and the stop!

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  • Great food yummieeeee

    Normally is quiet, but this day after we finished out tea, the place got too busy, the only girl attending the tables and at the kitchen was far more busy as what she should be....

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Saint Fagans Transportation

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    bus to Saint Fagans from Cardiff

    by mindcrime Written Jun 13, 2011

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    We took bus 32 from Bus Terminal and we were there in 20’. Saint Fagans is only 6-7 kilometres away from Cardiff.

    There a bus per hour starting from 9.45am Monday to Friday (except public holidays) but watch out because there are no buses after park closing time.

    In weekend there are more buses.

    Inside the park you will walk of course, most of the paths are accecisible for wheel chairs but you may miss some of the buildings. Animals arent allowed inside the buildings except the guide dogs.

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Saint Fagans Shopping

  • Derwen Bakerhouse

    Derwen Bakerhouse was built in 1900 at Aberystwyth but bread wasn’t made here as people still preferred to make their own bread at home. But townspeople found home ovens too small to bake enough bread for large families so they prepared it at home and carry it to bakehouses to be baked in tins. This bakehouse closed in 1924, it was reopened as a...

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  • Pottery

    In Ewenny (Vale of Glamorgan) near a plentiful supply of coal for firing kilns and ore for glazes the local potteries were small family concerns. Yellow and brown pots, bowls and dishes were once a common sight on the market stalls. They were fired in a kiln like the one on pic 2 that was first built in 1820 but after 1850 Ewenny Pottery faced...

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Saint Fagans Warnings and Dangers

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    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 20, 2004

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    These sheep can be dangerous... have you seen their size....!!!!

    Maybe that’s the reason their lamb has not comparation with our lechazo of Aranda de Duero hehehehe (tastier, even said by a Welshman lol)

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Saint Fagans Off The Beaten Path

  • Fireplace at the School

    Imagine the cold mornings, after some hours walking to get to the school through snowed paths... This would be paradise!I saw in Spain another school with a similar fireplace, I guess we have things in common.

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  • Steam Train

    Another typical example of what Saint Fagans Museum wanted to preserve.With it, they used to bring the coal from the valleys to the ports south of Wales.

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  • The same cottage of before

    You can see the cottage from outside.This roof is called Thatched Roof, is very typical on some areas of the countryside of Uk (and now being even popular in Spain lol)

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Saint Fagans Favorites

  • Old Pig Sty

    This was another of the nearly 40 various buildings that were moved here from around Wales.I had never seem before a circular pigsty.

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  • The Shops

    Of course we can not forget the shops....This little ones where you could find anything you wanted. Still in some villages of Spain you can find "Ultramarinos" something similar lolEven here, you can see the shops for the pasts centuries.. great for an addictive shopper as me lol

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  • Tinted material cottages

    Another building preserved where they used to tint leather.You can also see outside the pools, and of course smell them lol

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