St Fagan

image Woodland path.
This woodland was planted by the Earl of Plymouth, the owner of St. Fagans Castle and gardens, at the beginning of the 20th century. Today it is a haven for wild birds, bats and rare animals and is an ideal place to enjoy the open air.


Take a walk through this beautiful beech forest to the Celtic Village. On your journey you will come across the interactive panels to help you discover more about wildlife. Remember to lift the models of bark to reveal which little creatures live in the forest or use the key to see which birds nest here. You can also find out how the people of the Iron Age used woodland.

When you get home remember to look at our wildlife webcams at



many of the languages of Europe and Asia had developed from a common ancestral language, and he outlined his theory for the first time at a meeting of the Bengal Asian Society in 1786.

Towards the end of the eighteenth century, philologists began to study groups of languages. They showed, for example, that French, Spanish and Italian had developed from Latin. They were able to prove that padre (Italian), padre (Spanish), pert (French), pai (Portuguese) and pare (Catalan) had all developed from the Latin word for father, pater.

According to Sir William Jones, the same process had occurred when Indo-European developed into different languages throughout Europe and Asia. Of course, not one word of Indo-European has survived, but linguists believe that the people who spoke the language lived about 6000 years ago. From their original home in southern Russia they migrated eastward and westward, reaching central Europe by 3500 BC and India by 2000 BC.

From this original language, there developed nine families of languages. One of these was Celtic, and it is to this group, as we shall see, that Welsh belongs. In speaking of Sir William Jones, we should note one interesting tale about him. Once, while on a visit to Paris, he was introduced to the French King by the British Ambassador. In presenting him, the ambassador said, "Sir William is a very strange man. He can speak practically every language under the sun, except his own!"

This was perfectly true, for although he could read a little Welsh, he was unable to speak the language!