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Look inside the Vulcan Hotel before doors open this month

09 May 2024 4 minute read
The finished exterior of rebuilt Vulcan Pub (Credit: St Fagans Museum)

Amgueddfa Cymru has offered an exclusive glimpse inside the Vulcan Hotel which has been rebuilt at St Fagans, as excitement brews ahead of its opening this month.

The long-awaited pub will welcome its first customers in over a decade when it opens at the museum on 11 May.

New images, exclusively revealed by Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales, today (9 March) can be viewed by clicking the Instagram post below.

The Vulcan Hotel was first registered as an ‘ale house’ in 1853 to serve the mainly Irish community of what was then called Newtown.

During its long history it saw major changes as Cardiff grew to become an industrial powerhouse and then the nation’s capital, finally closing its doors for the last time in 2012.


Following a campaign to save it from demolition, the owners of The Vulcan Hotel formally offered the building to Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales in 2012.

Amgueddfa Cymru’s historic building team then dismantled the famous Cardiff landmark brick by brick before moving it to St Fagans.

The interior of the rebuilt Vulcan pub (Credit: St Fagans National History Museum)

The Vulcan Hotel will be displayed as it was in 1915 – an important year for the pub.

At this time, it had just undergone a major refurbishment that saw the distinctive green and brown tiles added to the frontage, as well as a redesign of its interior.

When it opens to the public, The Vulcan will serve exclusive beer brewed by Glamorgan Brewing Co. Visitors can now pre-book a table in the pub ahead of the opening.

They can also pre-order a beer flight containing a third pint of three beers, including a Vulcan Pale and Vulcan Ale, developed by Glamorgan Brewing Co. in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru.

Excitement brewing

Bethan Lewis, Head of Museum at St Fagans National Museum of History said: “We are very excited to open The Vulcan Hotel in May 2024.

“We know how much people have been looking forward to seeing The Vulcan open at St Fagans and it will be a great addition to our collection of historic buildings.

“Our team of historic building experts and curators have been hard at work meticulously recreating the 1915 pub and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to experience this iconic piece of Cardiff history.”

The Vulcan as it looked and the latest pic of rebuilding work (Credit: Karen Pretty/Facebook)

The Vulcan is the latest addition to over forty historic buildings re-erected at St Fagans National Museum of History.

The 100-acre site features buildings from all over Wales which showcase how people have lived, worked and spent their leisure time through the ages.

St Fagans was awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2019 and was voted best museum by Which? members in 2023.

Jane Richardson, Chief Executive at Amgueddfa Cymru said: “St Fagans National Museum of History is an award-winning museum, and we welcome over 500,000 visitors annually. The Vulcan Hotel is a significant addition to the collection as it allows us to tell the story of Newtown and the Irish diaspora who lived there.

Visitors to the pub will be able to experience what life was like in 1915 and we look forward to welcoming the first customers in May. I am also looking forward to raising a glass to celebrate and visitors will be able to enjoy a drink of our Vulcan beer on site.”

Find out more about St Fagans here.

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