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The Cardiff Story

The Old Library Trinity Street, Cardiff CF10 1BH, Wales
+44 29 2078 8334
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Great shop, great museum, shame about the cafe

Visited here on a busy Saturday in Cardiff during the Autumn Internationals. Great gift shop... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dolgellau, United Kingdom
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Lovely, as always - our little girls love it

One day, I'll get a chance to see all of this wonderful little museum - in the meantime, it's my... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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In our fun, free and interactive galleries, discover how Cardiff was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s, to one of the world's biggest ports in the 1900s, to the cool, cosmopolitan capital we know today. The museum, in the beautiful and historic Old Library building, is rich in stories, objects, photographs and film telling the history of Cardiff through the eyes of those who created the city – its people.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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The Old Library Trinity Street, Cardiff CF10 1BH, Wales
City Centre
+44 29 2078 8334
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on a busy Saturday in Cardiff during the Autumn Internationals. Great gift shop especially for quirky Welsh items, decent museum highlighting not only Cardiff's flamboyant history, but also reference to the whole of Wales too. The biggest disappointment was the cafe. The size...More

Thank Caderidris70
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One day, I'll get a chance to see all of this wonderful little museum - in the meantime, it's my four-year-old daughter's favourite museum and her two-year-old sister seems to love it too. There are two main floors - the ground floor tells the story...More

Thank Dafman72
Reviewed November 7, 2017

Worth a visit and free aswell. Great images and videos of life in Cardiff. Lots of old photos and stories to read which bring the history of our wonderful capital to life. Go - you'll enjoy it.

Thank Cowbridgelady1
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit to get overview of Cardiff's background. Right in the middle of the city. Well done exhibits. Well thought out interactive things for kids downstairs.

1  Thank Dennis B
Reviewed October 25, 2017

Free to do, great stories about the city's time during the war. Completes the snow dog tour, informative staff and friendly

Thank myaplatt1
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Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

Not the biggest exhibition in the world you'll easily be in and out in an hour but we did have good fun here. My 6 and 11 year old enjoyed the dressing up as well as enjoyed building their own Cardiff town for the village...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed September 30, 2017

I visited Cardiff for the day with a family member. After visiting shops in the arcade we ventured outside and came across the Cardiff story within the Old Library. The staff were very helpful. Although we weren't in the building for long (15 minutes at...More

Thank 89Jenks
Reviewed September 21, 2017

We visited the museum on a day off, mid-week, thinking that it would be something different to do. We’ve lived or worked in Cardiff off and on for about 7 or 8 years between us, but we’d never really given this place so much as...More

1  Thank Alex G
Reviewed September 21, 2017

Popped in on a lunch break to escape the rain - good job it was a short break as the information is too Wales based now and not a great deal about Cardiff. Exhibits mainly aimed at keeping bored kids in check and not for...More

Thank Clive A
Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

By the time we finished up touring Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Story was closed. However, I had read about the tiled corridor, a lovely arts and crafts, floor to ceiling entrance that was once the main access to the old library. Intent upon finding the...More

Thank Beverly954
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