The Cardiff Story

The Cardiff Story
The Cardiff Story, The Old Library, Trinity Street,
Cardiff
CF10 1BH
Wales

Website

www.cardiffstory.com

E-mail

cardiffstory@cardiff.gov.uk

Telephone

029 2078 8334

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Cardiff in context gallery - Housing the city interactive
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

10 am–5 pm Monday - Saturday
11 am - 4 pm Sunday

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

The Old Library is situated on the Hayes in Cardiff city centre. The main entrance is on Trinity Street, opposite Howells' department store.

Bus: the most convenient bus stops for the Old Library are in Westgate Street and Bute Terrace. The Central Bus station is about 10 minutes’ walk away.

Train: Cardiff Central is a five minute walk away, and Queen Street around 10 minutes’ walk.

Taxi: after 11am the closest place to be dropped off by taxi is on Wharton Street, 50 yards from the Museum entrance.

Park and Ride: The city centre Park & Ride service is also available, details here.

Parking: Click here for the latest information on city centre parking. For a map showing all city centre car parks, click here.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Cardiff in Context

  • 1 January 2001 — 1 January 2020 *on now

A Port of Some Importance explains why people first settled in Cardiff and how their communities developed. Cardiff may look a modern city now, but peel back the layers and you can find lots of evidence of people in Cardiff from long ago. Our hands-on activities help you discover the city's Bronze Age, Roman, Norman and Medieval past!

Changing Cardiff shows how the city today has been shaped over time. The wealth, confidence and ambition created through the success of the docks in the late 1800s impacted not only physically on the city in its buildings, housing and transport links, but also on the everyday lives and identity of its communities. Visitors can find out more through the objects, photographs, stories and interactive activities on display.

Working Lives explores how Cardiffians have made their living over time, from the land and sea, to industry and now today's service industries. See how any object can tell a very personal story of the city's working life in our Object Theatre. Discover how the docks looked at the peak of their success and eavesdrop on some of the characters who worked and lived there.

Getting there

The Old Library is situated on the Hayes in Cardiff city centre. The main entrance is on Trinity Street, opposite Howells' department store.

Bus: the most convenient bus stops for the Old Library are in Westgate Street and Bute Terrace. The Central Bus station is about 10 minutes’ walk away.

Train: Cardiff Central is a five minute walk away, and Queen Street around 10 minutes’ walk.

Taxi: after 11am the closest place to be dropped off by taxi is on Wharton Street, 50 yards from the Museum entrance.

Park and Ride: The city centre Park & Ride service is also available, details here.

Parking: Click here for the latest information on city centre parking. For a map showing all city centre car parks, click here.

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