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St Fagans: National History Museum

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St Fagans is one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.

Traditional crafts and activities bring St Fagans alive.

Craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills in their workshops and their produce is usually on sale.

There are native breeds of livestock in the fields and farmyards at St Fagans, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily.

Visit the 18th century Smithy where horses were shod, household items made and mended, and metal tyres put on wagon wheels.

See our resident blacksmith use traditional tools and equipment to make pieces of decorative forgework.

The Woollen Mill produces traditional shoulder shawls and Welsh carthenni or blankets. Built in 1760, the entire process from dyeing the fleece to finishing the fabric happens here.

The Melin Bompren Corn Mill is typical of a Cardiganshire water-driven mill, built to convert corn into flour.

Driven by a complex waterwheel, which you can see in motion, watch the process as the grain is transferred through different sections of the mill and into the final product.

Delicious bread and cakes are made daily at the Derwen Bake House, while the Gwalia Stores, originally built in 1880, sells the finest Welsh foods.

Above the shop is a 1920’s style tearoom.

Visit the clogmaker's workshop (from Carnhedryn near Solva in Pembrokeshire) and see him demonstrating traditional techniques.

Our clog-maker is always happy to take orders for his custom-fit, traditional clogs, available in some non-traditional colours too!

Or why not have your picture taken in period costumes and hats at Moss-Vernon's photography studio – a sepia souvenir of your time at St Fagans.

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