Museums of Wales

If visiting museums conjures up memories of trailing around stuffy rooms with bored children demanding to go home think again! 

Here are some of our favourites which will have even the children asking to go back again! And what's more they are all free entry for the whole family.

National Coal Mining – Big Pit

Coal mining was once Wales's largest industry supplying coal all over the world. Now all but a handful of small mines still operate but at Big Pit you can experience what life was like for thousands of men as they toiled at the coal face. There is an award winning multi-media tour of a typical coal mine as well as the world famous underground tour where you are taken 300 feet underground to explore the mine shafts and tunnels. You may be lucky enough to have an ex miner as your underground guide and hear some real stories about the mining way of life.

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St Fagans

This is one of Europe's leading open–air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. Over 40 historic buildings from all over Wales have been carefully removed and rebuilt  in the 100 acre parkland surrounding St Fagans Castle and gardens. There are houses, a farm, a chapel, shops, tiny terraced cottages, all authentically furnished just as they would have been in their day.

You can see native breeds of livestock in the fields, watch bread being made and many other traditional crafts and activities being demonstrated. Little wonder St Fagans is one of the UK’s top ten free attractions as voted by users of TripAdvisor, (do not link) the world’s largest travel review site.

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National History Museum

If you are in Cardiff for the day this is well worth a visit as is Cardiff Castle (entrance fee). Both are right in the city centre.

More information: National History Museum