Cardiff Story

Address: The Old Library, Cardiff, CF10 1BH, Wales
Telephone: +44 29 2078 8334

- Free


Cardiff’s history mapped out before your very eyes.

All of Cardiff’s museums have a proud Welsh history angle, and rightly so; the city’s docks were once the busiest in the country while the castle has given it more of an illustriousness than meets the eye. Where Cardiff Story differs from St Fagans National History Museum , Cardiff Castle and The Big Pit is that’s it’s been generated by the people, for the people.

In a sense, this collection of keepsakes, curios, displays and presentations is probably best suited to those who’ve lived in South Wales or visited the city enough times to see it really develop. But its attention to detail and interactivity is more than captivating for anyone with a penchant for folk history. My favourite aspects were the transparent maps; place each one on top of each other over a bright light screen to see how the city’s urban, suburban and industrial areas have developed.

From the price of houses in the 1800s to old bicycles, photos and the library’s wonderfully elaborate original tile entrance, Cardiff Story is an interested new arrival in the city’s museum collection.

Value for money

Price advice

Cardiff Story is free to enter.

Expert tips

The closest parking is next door in the St Davids 2 complex.

Two great spots to sit and enjoy a post museum sandwich neighbour the Old Library; The Hayes and the church garden.

Be sure to spend time at all the interactive spots; there’s heaps to learn about the city on each one.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Education
  • Shopping
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture