St Fagans is an open air national history museum. Like all Welsh museums it's free to enter but parking costs £4. The museum has cottages, shops, a toll gate, a church, school and so much more.
There are over 40 buildings moved from their original place in Wales and rebuilt in the grounds of St Fagans Castle. The castle is an Elizabethan manor house and there are magnificent gardens. We didn't visit either on this occasion due to lack of time.
We thought that being a weekday it would be quiet but there were loads of coaches parked up and when we went around the grounds there were lots of school children. This actually added to our trip as Bear is not quite one yet and there is little for him to do. He loved watching the people and especially the children.
|Bear watching the children walk by|
|Bear watching the children play|
We had hoped to go to the farm to show him the animals but it is closed on weekdays due to building works. There were a few black cattle in a field and some statues of sheep but the highlight was a slowworm making its way across our path. "ssssnake" we said "Look at the snake" Bear liked the snake it made him smile and point. (I know it's a legless lizard but that's too hard for an 11 month old to say).
|A slow worm|
Bear had a go on the tractors.
|Are you watching me Nanny?|
We had a picnic in the grounds but the highlight for Bear, which was totally unexpected was the fires in the cottages.
|Watching the smoke rise whilst having his picnic|
Whilst eating he watched with fascination the smoke coming out of the chimney of the nearby cottage so after lunch we took him inside to see the fire. He was entranced. We forget that in this age of central heating many children do not get a chance to see a real fire. He had the opportunity to smell the smoke too!
|Some buildings are buggy friendly although there is a step at this one.|
We took his buggy and his bike and had no problem where we went although if you want to go inside the buildings you may need to leave buggys etc outside.
There is lots of space for picnics. A little cafe and spotless toilets. The baby change is in the ladies toilet (sorry dad's) and the changing table is placed right next to a hot air hand dryer.
Bear hates the noise of them so we changed him in the car.
It is a fabulous place to visit we will definitely be going again.