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Watch: First look inside the rebuilt Vulcan pub

22 Feb 2024 4 minute read
The interior of the rebuilt Vulcan pub (Credit: St Fagans National History Museum)

David Owens

One of Wales’ most historic pubs is set to reopen in the coming months and cameras have given a first glimpse inside the historic pub.

The Vulcan closed its doors in Cardiff more than a decade ago in 2012 and was then dismantled brick by brick, to be reassembled in the grounds of the St Fagans National Museum of History.

The scaffolding that surrounded the building was recently removed and the pub has re-emerged ready to continue its proud history.

Now we can see inside the pub as it is set to reopen as a fully working pub once more.

Footage of the interior was posted on St Fagans National Museum of History accompanied by the following:

‘The Vulcan Hotel is one step closer to completion!

‘The Historic Building Unit have been hard at work building the bar based on architectural plans.’

The first glimpse inside comes after the museum advertised for bar staff.

The vacancies include a bar supervisor and bartenders.

You can see the job ads and apply for the roles HERE

The Vulcan as it looked and a recent pic of the reborn pub (Credit: Karen Pretty/Facebook)

The Vulcan, which originally stood at 10 Adam Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff, is being reinterpreted as a working pub as it was in the First World War and displayed as it was in 1915, an important year for the pub.

Its interior had just been redesigned to include gents’ urinals and its distinctive green tiles added to the front of the building.

The pub is being carefully rebuilt using the original stones, bricks and woodwork, all placed exactly in their original positions.

Work on the interior is nearing completion with the hope of a local brewery operating it as a licensed bar.

The aim is that The Vulcan will once more open its doors at the museum in the coming months.

St Fagans National Museum of History is appealing for anyone with cherished memories, captivating photos, or treasured objects associated with the historic hostelry.

The museum is asking for the public to step forward and become a part of the historic building’s history as The Vulcan is brought back to life.
Do you have any memories, photos or objects associated with the Vulcan?

Contact the museum via: [email protected]

The history of The Vulcan pub

The Vulcan was originally built in Newtown, Cardiff during the 19th century.

It originally opened its doors in 1853.

At the time Cardiff was growing from being a small town to the most important coal port in the world.

Newtown, now long gone, was known as ‘Little Ireland’ because it was home to many Irish people who came across to Wales during the Irish famine to build Cardiff docks.

Originally, beds in the front two upstairs rooms of the Vulcan were rented out to seamen whose ships were in port.

This is why it was originally known as a hotel and pub. The landlord’s family lived in the back rooms.

It was popular with the steel and dock workers from the working class communities.

The pub was built next to the nearby ironworks which provided the inspiration for its name: Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and metalworking, often depicted holding a hammer as used by a blacksmith.

(Credit: St Fagans National Museum of History)


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Neil W.
Neil W.
1 month ago

I used to play darts for the Romilly pub in Canton, and we had an away match against The Vulcan. It was there I first discovered darts is a ‘contact sport’! Shoulder barges, tripping, intimidation. I think they wanted “darts night” to also be ‘fight night’ lol.

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