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.
10 am– 4pm Monday - Sunday
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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Facilities and services
- Baby changing facilities
- Children's play area
- Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
- Activities for pre-school children
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Events and resources for children and families
- Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
- Induction loops in exhibition spaces
- Information point provided
- Large print information and/or interpretation
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