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National Museum Wales, National Trust and staffed Cadw sites to close for Queen’s funeral

13 Sep 2022 3 minute read
Llys Llywelyn at St Fagans. Picture by National Museum Wales.

National Museum Wales and the National Trust have said that they will close their sites on the day of the Queen’s funeral, while Cadw will close sites that are usually staffed.

National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National Museum of History, National Waterfront Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, National Slate Museum, National Wool Museum and National Roman Legion Museum will all close on Monday.

Cadw has also announced that all staffed sites will be closed, although all unstaffed monuments will remain open and free to visit within usual opening hours.

An Amgueddfa Cymru spokesperson said: “As one of Wales’s national institutions which holds a Royal Charter, Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales will close all of its seven museums and collections centre across Wales on Monday 19 September for the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen as a mark of respect.

“We will reopen as normal on Tuesday 20 September. Our museums will continue to be places of stability, comfort and welcome for many.”

National Trust houses, gardens, cafes and shops will also be closed on the day of the funeral.

The organisation said coast and countryside car parks and pre-booked holiday cottages and campsites will remain open for visitors.

The charity also said: “National Trust places will remain open during the mourning period to provide a place of reflection for members and visitors.”

The National Trust looks after hundreds of stately homes and other historic properties and gardens, as well as more than 600,000 acres of countryside and more than 780 miles of coastline, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

‘Half-mast’

National Museum Wales, Cadw and the National Trust in Wales join museums, sites and monuments all over the nations of the UK in closing their sites, including the National Museum of Scotland.

English Heritage, which cares for the world famous prehistoric stone circle as well as other important monuments and properties including Dover Castle, Eltham Palace in London and Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall, said all of its sites would be shut on Monday.

In a statement, the heritage organisation said: “As a mark of respect, English Heritage is closing all sites on Monday September 19 2022 for Her Majesty the Queen’s state funeral.

“The Union flag will fly at half-mast at all our sites with flagpoles until the morning after the funeral.”

The Imperial War Museums, which has museums in London, Manchester, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, the Churchill War Rooms in central London and HMS Belfast on the Thames, is closing all five sites.

Major galleries including the National Gallery in London, National Galleries of Scotland and the Tate galleries will also be closed, as will museums including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A in South Kensington, London.

The National Trust for Scotland has said buildings and gardens will be closed while countryside places remain open on the day of the funeral.


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Richard Barton
Richard Barton
21 days ago

How infuriating. I am not remotely interested in this wretched funeral.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
21 days ago
Reply to  Richard Barton

Yes indeed. I wonder if all these places actually have an eye on the cash tin. Mondays a re probably slack anyway and to close means that staff will not be paid. Good dodge really.

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