Museums in Cardiff – Virtual Tour
Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the UK’s eleventh-largest city. It is Wales’ chief commercial center and the base for most national cultural institutions and the seat of the Welsh Parliament.
A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a major port for the transport of coal following the arrival of industry in the region contributed to its rise as a major city.
In 1905, Cardiff was made a city and proclaimed the capital of Wales in 1955. Since the 1980s, Cardiff has seen significant development.
The Civic Centre in Cathays Park comprises a collection of Edwardian buildings such as the City Hall, National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff Crown Court, and buildings forming part of Cardiff University.
These buildings are laid out around the Queen Alexandra Gardens, a formal park which contains the Welsh National War Memorial and several other memorials.
Cardiff has many landmark buildings such as the Welsh National Museum and the Senedd, the home of the National Assembly for Wales. Cardiff is also famous for Cardiff Castle, St David’s Hall, and Llandaff Cathedral.
Cardiff Castle is a significant tourist attraction in the city and is situated in the heart of the city center.
The National History Museum at St Fagans in Cardiff is a broad open-air museum housing dozens of buildings from throughout Welsh history.
Cardiff claims to have the largest concentration of castles of any city in the world.
As well as Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch, there are the remains of two Motte and Bailey castles in Radyr and Rhiwbina, which formed an arc of fortifications which divided the Normans from the Welsh.
The concentration of these castles is indicative of the moveable nature of the border between the Norman lordship centered at Cardiff and the Welsh in the north.
There is also the ruined Llandaff Bishop’s Palace, a fortified residence belonging to the Bishops of Llandaff and Saint Fagans Castle, a preserved seventeenth-century manor house, once the seat of the Earls of Plymouth.
Top Museums in Cardiff
- National Museum Cardiff
- St. Fagans National Museum of History
- “National Roman Legion Museum” and “Caerleon Roman Fortress and Bath” in nearby Caerleon, Newport, Wales
- Museum of Cardiff
- Cardiff Castle
- Firing Line Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
- World of Boats
- Third Floor Gallery
- Ffotogallery Wales LTD
- Cardiff Castle Museum
Sain Ffagan: Amgueddfa Werin Cymru – St Fagans: National History Museum
Museums in Cardiff
- City: Cardiff
- Welsh: Caerdydd
- Country: Wales
- State: United Kingdom
- City status: 1905
- Capital city: 1955
- Demonym: Cardiffian
- Population: 1 m Metro
Perfect Day in Cardiff Wales
Museums in Cardiff
Around the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
St Fagans National Museum of Welsh History – Cardiff, Wales
Tour of the Museums in the United Kingdom
- The British Museum
- The National Gallery, London
- Tate Britain
- The Wallace Collection
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
- Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
- Courtauld Gallery
- Tate Modern, London
- Science Museum, London
- National Portrait Gallery, London
- Natural History Museum
- Charles Dickens Museum
- Hampton Court Palace
- Sherlock Holmes Museum
- British Library
- Imperial War Museum
- Churchill War Rooms
- Florence Nightingale Museum
- Foundling Museum
- Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy
St Fagans Museum – Cardiff
- Cutty Sark, Royal Museums Greenwich
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
- Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
- Queen’s House, Greenwich
- Royal Observatory, Greenwich
- Guildhall Art Gallery
- HMS Belfast
- Jewel Tower
- Jewish Museum London
- Bank of England Museum
- London Transport Museum
- Museum of London
- Museum of London Docklands
- National Army Museum, London
- Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
- Royal Air Force Museum London
- Shakespeare’s Globe
- Sir John Soane’s Museum
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- City of London Police Museum
- Household Cavalry Museum
- Museum of Freemasonry
- Tower Bridge, London
- Tower of London
- Wellcome Collection
- Westminster Abbey
National Museum Cardiff
The National Museum Cardiff
National Museum Cardiff Tour
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