National Collections Centre Open Day

Date: 22 July 2023

Time: 10am - 4pm

Cost: Free event

Suitability: Families


To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the Amgueddfa Cymru National Collections Centre in Nantgarw is throwing open its doors to welcome you in for a fascinating free family day.

Prepare to be amazed by the range of objects all under one roof!

What can I do?

Explore collections not usually on display to the public, including trams, buses and even an air-sea rescue helicopter!

Have a go at a craft activity and create something to take away with you.

Test your skills with a family friendly quiz.

Join a guided tour with one of our experts (suitable for ages 8+)

  • Transport Collection – learn about vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

  • Conservation Lab – find out how we look after the objects in our collection.
  • Photography Collection – discover the huge selection of photographs stored at the Collections Centre and find out how to look after your own photos.
  • Coal Mining Collection - more than just picks and shovels!

Find out more and book a tour

Admire the display of classic cars provided by Cardiff Classic Car Club.

And if you need a cuppa after all that, you can put your feet up in the yard for a bit! Refreshments will be available to purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own food and drink to eat outside.

Do I need to book?

If you’re interested in the guided tours, please pre-book here. (Tours can be booked on the day if there is still space available.)

No need to book for anything else, just come on in and say hello!

Where is the National Collections Centre?

You’ll find us in Nantgarw Business Park, about 8 miles north of Cardiff.

Postcode: CF15 7QT

Directions from the A470 (North):

  • Exit at the A468 Caerphilly/A4054 Treforest Trading Estate junction.
  • Turn left at the first roundabout, and at the next roundabout take the third exit onto, Parc Nantgarw.
  • Follow Heol Crochendy and go straight over the first roundabout.
  • The entrance to the car park is the second turning on the left.


Visitors with limited mobility and wheelchair and pushchair users - because of the nature of the site some areas of the collection can be difficult to get around.

Please let us know if you have any access requirements by emailing

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