DiCamillo Companion

St. Fagans Castle

  • Earlier Houses: There was a medieval castle, probably 13th century, on the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: St. Fagans is a mostly 16th century manor house that was donated to the people of Wales (together with the surrounding land) by the 3rd Earl of Plymouth in 1946. The museum opened to the public in 1948 as the Welsh Folk Museum; today it is the home of St. Fagans National Museum of History, part of the National Museum Wales. According to WalesOnline, the museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Wales, and one of the UK's 10 most popular free tourist attractions. St. Fagans National Museum of History includes over 40 buildings that represent the architecture of Wales, including a Celtic village. During World War I the House was a convalescent hospital for soldiers.

  • Title: Lasting Elegance: English Country Houses, 1830-1900
    Author: Hall, Michael
    Year Published: 2009
    Reference: pg. 143
    Publisher: New York: The Monacelli Press
    ISBN: 9781580932561
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Dr. John Gibbon, 16th century. Nicholas Herbert, 16th century. Sir Edward Lewis, 17th century. Robert George Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth, early 20th century; Windsor-Clive family here from the 1850s until 1947.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Museum

    Ownership Details: Today St. Fagans National Museum of History.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 029205-735-001

    Fax: 029205-734-901

    Website: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No