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    Situated in the heart of Cardiff's elegant civic centre, today the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales's national art, natural history, archaeology and geology

National Museum Cardiff

National Museum of Cardiff | National Museum of Wales


National Cardiff Museum

Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today, the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art gallery, natural history, archaeology and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. If you want to stand and stare, there’s plenty to please your eye – from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs. For exploring, you can pick up a range of gallery trails to guide you around the Museum.

The Art collection at the new National Museum of Art, within the same building, is one of Europe’s finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculptures, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist works.

In the Natural History galleries, make sure you visit the new Marine gallery, where you can see the world's largest Leatherback Turtle and the huge skeleton of a Humpback Whale. In the Evolution of Wales gallery, find out more about the Big Bang 4600 million years ago and how our planet was formed. 

National Museum Cardiff Parking

Pay and display parking is available around Museum Wales. Found a short walking distance from the Cardiff Bus network and Cardiff Queen Street train station. 

National Museum Cardiff Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday - 10am to 5pm

Open Bank Holiday Mondays

Until 9pm on the first Thursday of the month

Cardiff Museum Entrance Fee

Free entry

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National Museum Cardiff

Bedrooms at Future Inn Cardiff

Hotel near National Museum Cardiff

It is incredibly easy to get to The National Museum Wales from Future Inns:

  • It is a 9-minute taxi ride from Future Inn Cardiff to the city centre. You could do it in a taxi, or there is pay-and-display parking outside.
  • Cardiff Bay train station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel and takes you to Cardiff Queen Street station, followed by a 10-minute walk to the museum.
  • Several buses go into the city centre from County Hall, across the road from the hotel, or from the Wales Millennium Centre. If you'd like to explore Cardiff, the hop-on, hop-off Cardiff City Sightseeing red bus also goes from the WMC.
  • The Aquabus (water taxi) runs hourly from Cardiff Bay between 1030 and 1630 and stops in Bute Park, a short walk from the museum. Weather permitting. The journey takes about 25 minutes.
  • Did you know Future Inns is a cycle-friendly hotel? It takes 13-minutes by bike. Bring your own or hire a Nextbike. Docking stations are found at County Hall, outside Cardiff Bay train station, the Millennium Centre and Pierhead Street.
  • It would take approximately 37 minutes to walk. 

Stay at Future Inn Cardiff

Future Inn Cardiff is an ideal base for the night, with everything you would expect from a 4-star hotel. All bedrooms sleep up to four guests, which is ideal for families and groups. In fact, under 12s stay for free. Perks include free car parking, electric car charging, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Before heading home, you can see everything Cardiff Bay has to offer.

Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Reservations can be made on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk.

Future Inns Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem when you dine in the restaurant (you'll also get double points, too!) and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!

Cardiff Restaurant

Thomas Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before exploring. The team serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm, or our set menu offers 3 courses for £25 from 5pm. Room service is available 24/7 for guests staying in the hotel. 

A large selection of drinks is also available including popular local brands. Our Welsh drink selection includes Brains beers, Penderyn whiskey and vodka, Benjamin Hall gins, and Cariad wines. There is also an extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for £16 cocktails. Of course, there is a wide range of soft drinks, teas and coffees too.

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