The most interesting museums in Wales

Castell Coch, photo by Tony Hisgett on Flickr

Wales has struggled for centuries to maintain its independence and its national spirit intact, and after changing t hands several times it finally settled into a comfortable rhythm in the 20th century. Although part of the UK (and just like the other countries in the UK), Wales is fiercely proud of its culture, and does its best to preserve it, along with the nature-given beauty that resides in its national parks. Welsh cities, towns and villages can keep you busy for days while you explore the language, the cuisine and the sights, and will have something to offer you regardless of what you tend to look for on your travels. If it is Welsh culture, arts or history that has caught your fancy, you can sate your curiosity at some of the most interesting museums in Wales.

Castell Coch, Tongwynlais

Castell Coch looks like a castle from a storybook, but the appeal of this amazing Gothic revival building doesn’t stop at its walls. The magnificent 19th century castle (built out of the remains of a 13th century fort) is a splendid example of Victorian interior decoration inspired by Gothic art and architecture. The furnishings of the castle are stunning, especially the Hall, the Drawing Room, Lord Bute’s Bedroom and Lady Bute’s bedroom. This museum is the perfect introduction into the excesses and pleasures of Victorian times.

South Stack Lighthouse, Holy Island, Anglesey

South Stack Lighthouse, photo by Smabs Sputzer on Flickr

South Stack Lighthouse is acknowledged to be the most stunning lighthouse in Wales, and it has been a guiding light for ships since 1809. Today, the lighthouse is seasonally open for visitors who are interested in its history, and in the workings of a classical lighthouse. You can see the engine room, exhibition area, and the light.

Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni, Anglesey

Oriel Ynys Môn is a very interesting arts museum in Anglesey’s county town, Llangefni, where you can get an insight into the culture and the history of the island. If you are interested in Welsh art, you’ll be interested in the collection of works by Sir Kyffin Williams, one of the most famous Welsh painter of all times, as well as many works by celebrated English naturalistic painter Charles Tunnicliffe.

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff

St Fagans, photo by candyschwartz

The ultimate resource for Welsh history and knowledge is the very comprehensive and exciting St Fagans National History Museum, an open air museum in Cardiff. The museum is a chronicle of Welsh village life in the past. The museum consist of around thirty buildings from all over Wales, rebuilt on the grounds of St Fagans Castle.

West Wales Museum of Childhood, Llangeler

If you are a child, or a child at heart, the West Wales Museum of Childhood will seem like a dream come true to you. Over 10,000 exhibits in five galleries chronicle the ways in which kids have amused themselves over the ages. The displays comprise dolls, model trains, pinball machines, toy soldiers, model cars, teddy bears and more.


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