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7 Things to See and Do in St Fagans Village

St Fagans Village

Wales’s most visited heritage attraction standing in the grounds of the incredible St Fagans Castle, St Fagans Village invokes Saint Fagan – a 2nd century missionary to Wales.

Indeed, St Fagans Village is quaint, rural and communal and has been a fixture in the capital for millennia.

So, from incredible gardens bulging with roses to an extensive Elizabethan manor, here’s everything you need to see and do in St Fagans Village.

St Teilo’s Church – St Fagans Village

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St Teilo’s Church is a historic Welsh building originally located in Llandeilo Tal-Y-Bont near Pontarddulais. It is now, however, reconstructed at St Fagans National History Museum.

The church was rebuilt and redecorated as it would have appeared in around 1530. That said, new timber and a new rood screen were carved by the project’s head carpenter, Ray Smith MBE. Amazingly, the remainder of the church was devised and designed by experts, based on old paintings known from other churches.

St Teilo’s Church was reopened by the then Archbishop of Canterbury in 2007 – making it one of the loveliest places to visit in St Fagans Village.

St Fagans Castle – St Fagans Village

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St Fagans Castle is a Grade I listed building and one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in South Wales, although most of the interior was renovated and remodelled during the 19th century.

The rooms are furnished to reflect the decade in which they were lived in, be it by Robert Windsor-Clive in 1852, Dr John Gibbon in 1580 or Edward Lewis and his wife Blanche in 1620.

Opened to the public in 1946 and now a much-loved tourist attraction in St Fagans Village, St Fagans Castle is opulent, grand and a great place to visit.

St Fagans Castle Gardens – St Fagans Village

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Fishponds, stunning fountains, a vinery and a gorgeous rose garden add depth and colour to St Fagans Village, while beautiful botanical displays surround the castle.

The gardens are perhaps the best-kept secret in St Fagans Village – from an Italian garden laid out in 1902 to land that provided food for working families, the greenery in St Fagans Village gives a real insight into Welsh life.

It’s also absolutely breathtaking.

Gwalia Supply Co. – St Fagans Village

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A typical Welsh store from the 1920s, Gwalia Supply Co. is divided into three sections and serves everything from Bird’s Lemonade to Bovril.

The shop has been shown as it would have been in the late 1920s, when employees slept in the attic and were paid 8 shillings a week, since 1988. It once comprised of a bakery, ironmongery and even a gentleman’s outfitters.

Harping back to and celebrating a bygone time, this shop in St Fagans Village is a must visit for those born in the wrong era.

The Tudor Merchant’s House – St Fagans Village

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Originally located on Quay Street in Pembrokeshire and dismantled and rebuilt in St Fagans Village in 1983, the Tudor Merchant House is both educational and a whole lot of fun.

This small medieval house has everything – or nothing, depending on how you look at it – from an open fireplace to a garderobe (toilet).

Providing a valuable insight into Medieval history in Wales, the Tudor Merchant’s House is an important piece of St Fagans heritage.

Turog Bakehouse – St Fagans Village

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Built in 1900 by Evan Jenkins, a local farmer, Turog Bakehouse was effectively a communal oven to which housewives brought their home-prepared dough for baking.

The landmark building, which had been partly demolished before it was saved, was moved to St Fagans Village in 1987 and was reconstructed based on surviving photographs.

The smell of imaginary bread is what draws tourists to Turog Bakehouse in St Fagans Village – and we don’t blame them.

Gweithdy – St Fagans Village

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Something a tad more modern now. Gweithdy is an incredible space where you can celebrate and learn the skills needed to work in St Fagans Village.

From stone axes to stick chairs, discover how everything you’ve seen was made, then have a go yourself. Get in touch with your creative side and transform yourself into a blacksmith, a baker or even a stonemason at a moments notice.

You’ve looked at everything in St Fagans Village; now it’s time to have a go at making it.

The Exchange Hotel

After a long day exploring St Fagans Village, why not head back to your tranquil suite in The Exchange Hotel.

The Exchange Hotel is a perfect base to explore such an historic Welsh landmark. Book your stay in a hotel bursting with heritage here – or, for more information, contact our helpful team on 0151 236 0166.

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