5 Fun Historical Outings around Cardiff

South Wales is full of historical locations. Why not go on an adventure through time in Cardiff and the surrounding area

St. Fagans National Museum of History

On the West side of Cardiff, in St. Fagans, you will find St. Fagans National Museum of History. The museum is Wales’s most popular heritage attraction and if you have not visited yet it is well worth it! Throughout the museum you can experience the history of Wales through the lives of everyday people. On the grounds you have the magnificent St Fagan’s Castle and Gardens. Since 1948 over forty original buildings from difference historical periods have been re-erected. Thought-out the year St. Fagans also host many events and talks, why not have a look at what’s on and coincide it with your visits.

All buildings have information boards locate outside them so that you can read all about the building and its history. There is also plenty of sounds and smells to experience during the visit. Most buildings are also staffed and can explain the techniques and skills on show. Entry to the museum is free and parking is available for £6 per day. Wheelchairs are available to use for free as the site of St. Fagans is very large.

Bishop’s Palace

In the heart of Llandaff you will find Bishop’s Palace. This ruin used to be a small fortress but the impressive gatehouse still remains today. Here you can also take a walk through the ornamental pack which was developed back in the 1970’s. This structure dates back to the medieval period. Although it is called a palace it has no difference to a small castle of the time.

Situated next to the site is a pay and display car park. Therefore you don’t have far to go to enjoy this small beauty. You are also close to the main high street of Llandaff with offers many shop and amenities.

Cardiff Castle

Positioned in Cardiff’s City Centre is Cardiff Castle. A unique experience to explore almost 2000 years of history from Roman times to the present day. On your visit you can explore the Norman Keep, Castle Apartments and many more. A free audio guide is available if you wish to lots more. One fantastic plus the Cardiff Castle is that if you live in Cardiff you are entitled to your own Castle Key! This gives you free entry for 3 years. Think how many times you could keep visiting this world class heritage attraction?

The castle grounds themselves are flat with much of it laid to lawn. Many parts are accessible by wheelchair but a few sections are not. Although, due to the City Centre location, they do not have parking on site but there is a free Cardiff Mobility Buggy service for pick up and drop off to and from the car park.

National Museum Cardiff

In the city center of Cardiff you will find the architectural building of the National Museum Cardiff. There are plenty of exhibitions and events for you to amaze at and it is all free! The art collection here is one of Europe’s finest with over 500 hundred years of paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from all over the world. You can also take a journey through Evolution of Wales for the beginning of time to present day.

The National Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays giving you plenty of opportunity to experience this wonder. There is a visit car park behind the museum which is £6.50 per day and free parking to blue badge holders. Wheelchair access to the building can be made by phoning 02920 573300. Once inside all galleries will be accessible. Hearing and visual accessible facilities are also available.

Llandaff Cathedral

In the heart of Llandaff is also Llandaff Cathedral which is open every day of the week. The Cathedral welcomes visitors in and be able to provide detail on the history, architecture and art of the Cathedral itself. While services are taking place there might be restricted access.

Wheelchair access is provided at the East and West of the Cathedral. In the area of the Cathedral is a free car park but there is also a car park just off Llandaff High Street which is free for the first 2 hours. On the High Street you will also find plenty of café’s to stop for a hot drink or quick bite to eat.

There is plenty of history to be experienced in Cardiff and surrounding areas which could keep you busy all year around. Why not take your first step today with some on our list and see what other interesting places are around you.

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