Cardiff audio tour: The Ghosts of St Fagans: A Stroll Through the Haunted Museum

The Ghosts of St Fagans: A Stroll Through the Haunted Museum

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.1mi

About the Tour

This walking tour takes you on a journey through the lanes of this 100-acre open-air museum to visit several of its historical buildings. They all have one thing in common: they’re believed to be haunted!

This tour takes place in a delightful setting: St Fagans National Museum of History. The museum features restored buildings that were rescued from all over Wales and reopened here to show how Welsh people lived, worked and worshipped throughout the centuries. It was the first museum of its type in Britain, and is Wales’s top heritage attraction.

Along the way, you’ll hear about each building’s history and the ghostly tales that have been shared about it over the years, right up until today. No one knows why this spot is tied to so many ghost stories. It might be due to the location’s previous use as farmland, and home to an ancient castle. Once the site of Wales’s largest ever battle in 1648, perhaps these rebuilt structures brought with them the spirits of their former occupants?

The tour itself is based on my own ghost walk which I created in 2015, with a clear focus on simple and authentic storytelling, with no set-ups or gimmicks. The walks became hugely popular and sometimes things really did seem to go “bump in the night”! I ceased operating the walks in 2019 when I moved from Wales to Denmark, but I’m delighted to offer this audio tour as a lasting recollection. To help bring the intriguing and ghostly atmosphere to life, I’ve added music and sound effects. Please enjoy!

Tour Producer

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James Cowan

Mine is a tale of two cities: my one-time home city of Cardiff, Capital of Wales, and my new home, Copenhagen, Capital of Denmark.

I grew up with Cardiff on my doorstep and lived there most of my adult life. Discovering its incredible but still largely unknown history became an ever growing passion. This led me to develop walking tours telling people the history, legends and ghost stories of Cardiff and Wales – tales of Kings, Princes, and a one-time tiny town on the Taff that overnight become the world’s biggest coal port, from which emerged the grand domes, towers and columns of its beautiful civic centre….and all the time, in its woodlands and castles lurk ancient legends and tales of ghosts!

I am delighted that, thanks to Voicemap, I have been able to convert some of these tours into self guided audio tours.

Since 2019 I have had a new home, Copenhagen, and I have fallen in love with this city. Discovering its history, its character, and its characters past and present, has been an all-consuming pleasure, always full of surprises. I am delighted to offer my first Copenhagen tour, which has been a labour of love to research and develop.

Whether you are in Cardiff or Copenhagen, I hope I can help you see these cities in a new and different light, and eager for more!

Major Landmarks

  • St Fagans National Museum of History

  • National Museum of Wales

Directions to Starting Point

This audio tour can only be done when the venue, St Fagans National Museum of History, is open. It is open every day between 10am and 5pm (it is only closed on December 25th).

The museum is FREE to enter BUT due to covid-19 regulations you MUST book your visit in advance. The entry tickets are free but essential, to ensure the museum can control the numbers in the grounds. You cannot access the museum without a ticket booked in advance (you cannot ask for a ticket at the entrance). For more information and to book your free ticket, you can click on this link: https://museum.wales/stfagans/visit/

If you are travelling to the venue by car you MUST book a car parking space in advance. There is a charge for car parking (see the above link for more information). The car park is just a few metres walk from the tour starting point.

An hourly bus service (operated by EasyWay of Pencoed) takes you from central Cardiff (bus stop number KN in Westgate Street). Buses leave at 5 minutes past the hour. The journey takes 26 minutes and the bus takes you right to the entrance to the museum, just a few metres walk from the tour starting point. The fare is £3.20 for a return ticket and the buses accept card payments and cash (and give change if paying by cash). The bus timetable can be found here: https://easywayminicoachhire.co.uk/Documents/Uploaded/11-Document-StFagans.pdf

Please pay attention to the directions given for getting through the main building and out into the grounds.

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Places to stop along the way

The St Fagans National Museum of History has many more sites, exhibitions, and buildings besides the ones on this tour. It is possible to spend several hours exploring the grounds, buildings, and exhibitions.

Best time of day

The tour can only be done when the museum is open. It is open between 10am and 5pm every day (except December 25th). Due to covid 19 regulations, you must book your visit (and a car parking space if travelling by car) in advance. Please use this link for more information and to book your visit. https://museum.wales/stfagans/visit/

Precautions

The tour route is outdoors and is easily walkable and on a tarmac path. Therefore please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Please pay attention to the directions given for getting through the main building and out into the grounds. The route is accessible for wheelchair users, although some of the historical buildings may not be accessible for wheelchair users, due to narrow entrances or a step up or down into the building. The tour is, however, designed so it can be listened to outside the buildings. Refreshments are available for purchase on site, although you are free to bring your own refreshments with you.

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