St Fagans opened on 1 July 1948 it has established itself as one of Europe’s foremost open air museums and become one of Wales’s most popular heritage attractions. The Museum shows how the people of Wales lived, worked and spent their leisure time over the last five hundred years, and over the past fifty years it has inspired generations of visitors with its exploration of Welsh history and tradition.
The Museum stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house generously donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. This fabulous and unique museum is the centre of a number of events throughout the year that pick up on our Welsh heritage and we would recommend that visitors make time to check out this museum.
Less than 2 miles from the farm this centre seeks to show visitors birds of prey and how they were used by people during the medieval period in the UK and Europe. Opening hours 10 til dusk with displays 12.30 and 2.30pm
Situated in the Vale close to Llantwit Major this castle has seen a rich and varied history. United World College, known locally as ‘Atlantic College’. is the founder college and home to around 400 students aged between 16 to 19 years and drawn from across the globe studying towards the ‘International Baccalaureate.’
Hollywood has played it’s part in this beautiful and coloured castles history.William Randolph Hearst the American newspaper magnate hosted many a Hollywood movie idol at his Welsh Retreat.
The St Donats Art centre within the castle grounds hosts “Borders” and the world renowned Storytelling weekends. The International Music Festival of the Vale is held here every September and offers a high quality programme.
Approximately 20 minutes from the farm by car this country park as its name suggests has a large lake where you can either laze away a summer day or partake in the wide range of activities that are available throughout the year. A visitors centre has a café and information centre.
The Mediaval village stands on its original site and hosts activities during bank holidays, weekends and through the school holidays such as Jousting,archery and crafts etc
Within 20 minutes of the farm you will find the Edwardian Mansion Dyffryn House and Gardens. The Gardens features formal lawns, fountains & pools, seasonal beds, feature garden rooms enclosed by yew hedges and walls including the Pompeian, Paved court and Theatre garden.
Although the house is still closed to the general public the National Trust have now taken on the maitanance and restoration of the house it to its rightful place as the stunning centrepiece of the beautiful gardens.
The Vale of Glamorgan Churches
The Vale has some great number of historical and beautiful churches and buildings some dating back to the 5th century.St Illtyds is the first known school in the UK housing the Celtic stones in Llantwit Major,Ewenny Priory holds a palpitual screen and painting by J.M Turner and most recently the significant discovery of wall paintings at St Cadocs church in Llancarfan.Visitors to the area will be able to find out more by visiting www.visitvalechurches.com
Energetic Adventure outdoors
Paintballing, Karting, Kiting, Horse riding– Within half an hour to the west of the farm the energetic visitor can partake in either paintballing at Penllyn , go-karting at Llandow , superkiting at Porthcawl , horse ride through the dunes at Ogmore or take an adventure along the Millenium cycle route and other bikeroutes found through local forestries.
Capital Adventure Wales, Adventureswales and Blue Ocean Adventure; Activity is their name and adventure is their game organised adventure from gorge scrambling, coasteering , zip slides, quad biking, raft building and many more activities.
Why not join our local Valeways a walking group with organised events.The walkvaleways group has a festival weekend in May with organised varied walks.
For those who are interested in fresh air and the outdoors south of the farm is the start of the Heritage Coast footpath which follows the coastline to the west for 14 miles. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre situated at Southerndown is at the final end of this journey The walk takes in sweeping views of the Bristol channel across to the Somerset and north Devon coastline along its dramatic cliffs and rugged coastline. The whole of this coast line is served by local volunteers operating through the Lifeguards and the Coastguards.