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St. Fagan’s National History Museum

Has anyone been here? Apparently it’s a folk park with all kinds of houses and buildings to tour. Mom and I will be visiting Cardiff in a few weeks and I am wondering if this should be on our list.

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Absolutely. You should allow at least half a day-there's a lot to see. The bus leaves from the street near the Holiday Inn. I would rank this the best sight in the Cardiff area, although I will admit that the only other sight we had time for was Caerphilly Castle.

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1832 posts

Definitely visit St. Fagans and allow at least half a day as the place is vast. Best free place you are likely to visit. When you enter the main building from the bus stop, I would go straight up the stairs and out the back and then turn right and head for the Castle (Manor House) & gardens. Then, return to the western half and start your wander around all the buildings. Finally, finish up with the indoor parts of the museum which are found in the entry block (upstairs) and in a new separate block in the grounds. In the event of rain, try and time the indoor bits for when it is raining.

Easyway Bus 32A every 30 minutes from Westgate Street (half way up on lane going NW). If you catch by the Holiday Inn near the river bridge - be sure to hold out your arm as it approaches or it may not stop. Find bus times here:>http://www.traveline.cymru/

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363 posts

Just been voted museum of the year in the U.K. so definitely well rated. I prefer to do the open air museum first and then the gardens and Castle but there's no right or wrong. The gardens are very pleasant for relaxing (don't miss the Italian walled garden). There is also a pedestrian gate in and out of the grounds in front of the castle (more a Manor House really) and over the road are two good options for food -The Plymouth Arms and The Old Post (weekdays) if you want to avoid the over priced on site Cafe. Plenty of people will take a picnic and enjoy in the gardens supplemented by some bread and cakes freshly made in the reconstructed bakery or buy old fashioned sweets from the Gwalia stores. Enjoy!

Another free museum in the centre of the city is well worth a stop even if just for an hour to appreciate it's very fine collection of impressionist art with zero crowds ( all in one room)

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2626 posts

Have been to Wales twice and passed on it both times because we didn’t spend much time in Cardiff. If I was to spend more than a day or two there, it would be on the list of places to visit. I enjoyed both Caerphilly and Coch castles more than Cardiff castle.