The St Fagans: National History Museum is a fantastic open-air museum dedicated to over five hundred years of Welsh history and tradition. The Museum contains more than forty carefully re-erected and preserved buildings originating from all parts of Wales. Native breeds of livestock graze in the fields around the buildings, and craftspeople demonstrate their arts. The Museum also houses indoor galleries showcasing Welsh costumes, daily life, and farming practices. There is so much to see and enjoy here that one visit simply isn't enough!
Entry to the Museum is free. There is currently a £2.50 charge for parking. A 12-month season ticket costing £12.50 is available from the Museum Reception. No charge is made for disabled badge holders or motorbikes. There is also a cycle rack adjacent to the car park for anyone wishing to cycle to the museum.
The Museum is suitable for push chairs and small children, and disabled access to most of the site is fairly easy. Note, however, that push chairs are not permitted to enter the historic buildings. All paths are paved or gravelled, although wheelchair access can be difficult in some places. Dogs are allowed on site provided they are kept on a lead. For more specific information regarding accessibility, please contact the Museum or click the link for a copy of their access guide.
The coordinates listed above are for the car park. There are thirteen virtual caches to find, and one medium-sized plastic lunchbox hidden at the end. Depending how long you linger at each stop, and how much time you might spend enjoying a spot of tea or viewing the galleries, the cache could be completed in an afternoon. I suggest allowing at least three hours.
Please note that, on occasion, some exhibits may be temporarily closed. If you have trouble finding the answers to the clues, I encourage you to consult the friendly and helpful museum staff. Otherwise, send me an email, and I'll sort you out.
Permission to place this cache has been kindly granted by the St Fagans National History Museum.
Virtual Cache 1 N 51°29.219' W 003°16.477'
The red colour of this building is meant to protect against what?
a = (number of letters in first word of answer)
b = (number of letters in second word of answer)
c = a ÷ 2
d = b + c
e = d - a
f = e - c
Virtual Cache 2 N 51°29.cea' W 003°16.edf'
Always read the fine print!
How much would it have cost to take one ass drawing a carriage and one horse drawing a chariot past this point?
g = (cost in pence)
How much would it have cost to take a score of sheep going to be washed past this point?
h = (cost in pence)
Virtual Cache 3 N 51°29.cgh' W 003°16.bhc'
Harry Blunt and Alfred S. Tallis laid these stones on behalf of the Oakdale Navigation Colliery Co. on July 3 of which year?
i = (third digit of year)
j = (fourth digit of year)
Virtual Cache 4 N 51°29.cdi' W 003°16.jei'
A famous name links this small terrace with Merthyr's industrial past. What is this name?
k = (number of letters in first name)
l = (number of letters in surname)
Virtual Cache 5 N 51°29.fkc' W 003°16.lge'
This farmhouse dates from about which year?
m = (second digit of year)
The house contains an item of furniture marked 1605. What is the name given to this type of item?
n = (number indicated by the name)
Virtual Cache 6 N 51°29.nif' W 003°16.mdn'
What is the date inscribed on the lintel above the doorway?
o = (first digit of date)
p = (last digit of date)
Virtual Cache 7 N 51°29.ckp' W 003°16.joh'
What can be found in the corner of the southern gable?
q = (number of letters in item) ÷ 2
Pupils began attending this school at age five. At what age did they leave?
r = (maximum age of students) ÷ 2
Virtual Cache 8 N 51°29.qrn' W 003°16.pkc'
This timber-framed house from Powys was built in which year?
s = (second digit of year)
Three sides of this building feature windows.
t = (total number of windows)
Virtual Cache 9 N 51°29.qsn' W 003°16.fto'
How many steps take you to the gallery?
How many A-frames hold up the roof?
u = (number of steps) - (number of A-frames)
Virtual Cache 10 N 51°29.nqh' W 003°16.cuh'
How many chimneys are on this building?
v = (number of chimneys) - q
Virtual Cache 11 N 51°29.vus' W 003°16.qct'
How many entrances does this building provide for its residents?
w = (number of entrances) - v
x = (number of entrances) - r
Virtual Cache 12 N 51°29.vxw' W 003°16.hlm'
There are sunflowers on this gate. How many are there on each side?
y = (number of sunflowers) - p
How many other (non-sunflower) golden medallions are there, on both sides of the gate?
z = (number of medallions)
Virtual Cache 13 N 51°29.yzp' W 003°16.oiu'
What is the date on the lead vessel in the courtyard?
A = (third digit of year)
The building contains a rosewood item originally from which castle?
B = (number of letters in answer)
Final Cache N 51°29.Ayp' W 003°16.vBt'
When you find yourself at the final cache location, enter and ask a member of staff: "Gaf i'r bocs celcio, os gwelwch yn dda?" Don't worry: they're perfectly friendly, and the Museum will be expecting you! As staff are in transition over the summer, in case of uncertainty you should ask staff to check the information box on this house.