Our Family Holiday in South Wales {Part #2} ST. FAGANS CARDIFF


You may have read my previous post {part one} about our small family holiday in South Wales. Day three was another really unplanned day. We knew we had about a 4 hour drive back home so we wanted to wake up and get out of the hotel by 9am the latest - and we did. We originally planned to either go to techniquest or visit the Millenium Stadium. As we went to the reception of the hotel to get our discount for parking at NCP car park we asked if it would be ok to come and get the discount about 2-3pm but she told us it would be around £7-£12 extra so we decided to ask where would be a good place to take the kids for the day with reasonable priced parking. That is when she said St. Fagans and that is where we decided to go. We had breakfast in Wetherspoon's next door to the hotel before setting off.


St. Fagans was around 20 minutes from the hotel and on our way it started to rain quite heavily and we did think to maybe just go straight home. However, the sun came out and the rain stopped. When we arrived at St. Fagans it was only £5 to park which we didn't mind as the entry was free. We bought a map for 50p which helped us round the place. I had an idea to what was there but I had no idea it was so big.

St. Fagans is National History Museum on huge grounds. We chose a perfect day as the sun was shining, blue skies were out and we were very lucky to miss the rain. The grounds were just stunning and the buildings were very interesting. When we arrived it was really busy, loads of people were walking ahead of us and the same way. The first old house we visited we couldn't have a good look at because there was too many people so we decided to leave the house and go elsewhere. Everybody had spread out later on and it was much easier entering the other houses and exploring better.



If you ever visit St Fagans I would recommend you to have some good footwear as there is a good walk to each area. Many people brought picnics and you could spend all day there as there are so many things to see and do. The old houses were just amazing to look at. One area there was a row of old houses and showing how time in the house changed, it just made you think how lucky we really are now to have everything we have right now.

There were old fashioned shops, old churches and so many old buildings. Outside the buildings were signs explaining where the house was built in Wales and we saw one that was built near us that lived 4 adults and 6 children. The size of the house shocked me and my partner as it was so small. I would say it's the same size as my kitchen. It was so interesting to see.

The girls loved having so much space to run around and it was so nice watching them play nicely. Except for one time on the day, we let the girls have two rides in the small fair that was on. Mia wanted another go but I decided we weren't in St. Fagans to spend lots of money and told her no more. The temper she had then was ridiculous but she calmed down after 10 minutes or so and started playing nicely and enjoying herself again.





Just when we thought we had finished we saw there was another way to go to the other side. Mia wasn't too happy when she realised we were going for another walk but she soon changed her mood when she could run around. This side of the grounds were truly stunning and so beautiful. The grounds, water, castle and trees were just breath-taking. A place I could just sit down and relax. I wish we had more time there and just relaxed a bit more. I was struggling walking up the steps and walking longer because I am pregnant but I still enjoyed myself even though I was in pain!

St Fagans is such a beautiful place to visit and if you like to travel back in time and seeing old houses and how they used to live, I would really recommend this place to visit. It's a great place for families of all ages and even just adults.
















42 comments

  1. Fab Photos! Sounds like a lovely break away, I do love Wales. Its nice sometimes to just turn somewhere and see what you will find. x #MarvMondays

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  2. A lovely looking adventure and the girls look like they are having a wonderful time. Looks like the weather held pretty well for you. It looks such a pretty area of the country with plenty of places to explore. I hope you'll join me for country kids. Popping by from #MarvMondays.

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  3. Sounds like a lovely break away! The surroundings look amazing. Pleased you had nice weather!

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  4. Looks lovely! This my idea of a good break, lots of interesting places to visit and old houses and ruins. Love that photo of the red-brick house, it really stands out :) Dean of Little Steps

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  5. Lots of lovely places to go for a walk! I have only ever been to North Wales, but I would love to see more of the country.

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  6. This looks great - I've not been to S wales since I was a child. I really like history, gardens and walking so I'll definitely need to check this place out if I ever end up in South Wales. It looks like you all had a top time - Love bec :-)

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  7. This looks great - I've not been to S wales since I was a child. I really like history, gardens and walking so I'll definitely need to check this place out if I ever end up in South Wales. It looks like you all had a top time - Love bec :-)

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  8. Ohhhh that crib!! Sooo cute! I have to say I am desperate for a holiday to Wales now! H x

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  9. Beautiful pics, looks like you all had a fab time. We've decided to head to Wales for a long weekend before baby #2 arrives so I'll be on the lookout for some of these places - I love history and old, beautiful houses. Thanks for linking to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

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  10. This looks great - I've not been to S wales since I was a child. I really like history, gardens and walking so I'll definitely need to check this place out if I ever end up in South Wales. It looks like you all had a top time - Love bec :-)

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  11. Love your pics, it looks like you all had a great time away x

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  12. St Fagans sounds like a great day out and much better than spending money to leave the car at the hotel. x

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  13. sounds like you had a lovely tome and I really love your photos

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  14. What gorgeous photos! It looks like you had a fab time :) xx

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  15. Your pictures are amazing, there is something about Wales, such a beautiful place. x

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  16. That weeping willow looks so fascinating. Looks like you really had a wonderful time x

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  17. Oh, I would love this! It's totally the perfect place for me, I like to combine history with walking and this place looks just gorgeous. Your photos are really beautiful, they make me want to visit.

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  18. Wow! What an amazing place Beth! I have only been to Wales once and that was to the passport office in Newport. I really need to take the family to Wales and explore all the beauty!

    Laura x x x

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  19. I love visiting Wales I have fond memories from all my holidays there! The girls look so smiley in the photos!

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  20. Lovely photos - looks like you're making some lovely memories :)

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  21. Your girls look like they were having the most amazing time there.

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  22. I have never realized how beautiful Wales was. The only place near to Wales that I have been to is a trip in Year 6 to Ironbridge.

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  23. We love st fagons. Glad you enjoyed it. The photos you took are lovely x

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  24. What a beautiful area! It looks so peaceful. Your family photos are so sweet.

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  25. St Fagans sounds amazing! Something I'd definitely like to see! By the sounds of it, it reminds me a little of Beamish up north near Newcastle where I visited when I was a lot younger and I love it so I'm sure this is the sort of place I'd love!

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  26. This is literally my dream holiday. Everyone wants to go abroad and to far away places... Me? I am happy to go away around the UK! I may look into this for my 30th.
    Looks like you all had a wonderful time

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  27. Wales looks so beautiful. I would love to visit.

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  28. I like the look of St Fragans. I love looking at old houses and history so its right up my street. I love the photo of the old wall with the arch xx

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  29. such lovely pictures - looks like an amazing place to stay. Staycations are the best

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  30. wow you certainly got the weather.. wales looks stunning.. and your family photos are lovely ones to look back on x

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  31. I am really glad to see a few more pictures of your holidays, it looks like the weather was great for you, and the places you visited are fabulous! It makes me think about planning a trip to Wales!

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  32. I'm so jealous even though I've never been to Wales and it sounds wonderful. I'm glad yo and your family had fun. Lovely photos by the way <3

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  33. This looks like a beautiful place to visit - lovely and peaceful!

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  34. Oh that place looks kinda eerie! Gorgeous photos and write-up

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  35. It looks like a really interesting place to visit. A bit like Avoncroft but all houses, where that is more mixed with the type of old buildings.

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  36. What a beautiful place! We visited North Wales last year.. it was breathtaking ... id totally recommend Snowdonia :)

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  37. What a lovely getaway with the family, glad it stopped raining and you had some really lovely weather.

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  38. Wow what a gorgeous holiday away. We've just come back from Wales and absolutely loved it. I couldn't get over how beautiful it is! It looks like you've found a really lovely spot here. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

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  39. You always manage to make areas of the UK I'd never think of visiting look beautiful! This looks like the sort of place I need to go to for a digital detox xD

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  40. What gorgeous photos! Sounds like you had a lovely little holiday. x

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  41. Sounds like you had a lovely time! U.K. Holidays are definitely my favourite. Some beautiful photographs too! xx

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  42. Beautiful photography, it looks wonderful! It looks so interesting seeing the different houses and what life was like in the past. Are the house's replicas or were they the original houses rebuilt? I would love to visit one day! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather ☺️ x

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