Nantgarw China Works Museum

Nantgarw China Works Museum

Nantgarw China Works Museum
5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Historic museum and pottery which celebrates the exceptional porcelain once made on this site. Come for a guided tour and see the only remaining bottlekilns in Wales. Learn how clay pipes were made and discover more about William Billingsley’s celebrated porcelain regarded by many as the finest ever made. Visit our ceramicist in residence and see her once again creating work from Nantgarw porcelain. Over 500 workshops take place on site each year from ceramics to fused glass, botanical painting and willow weaving. Tearoom and shop selling contemporary porcelain and unique shard jewellery.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

See what travellers are saying
  • Lorelei
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and Historic Museum - Highly Recommended
    A fascinating little museum, well worth a visit. Our guides who took us around the house and grounds were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. Not only did we learn about the history of the works, but also the porcelain currently being produced. We were shown some of the works by artist in residence, Sally and she explained how they were made. Well worth the small entrance price, we will certainly be back.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • same_as_before
    Cardiff, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place for a group or individual visit
    The first time I came here was about 20 years ago, before the present resurgence of the China Works. Now porcelain is being made again, to a recipe very similar to the original, lost, recipe by Billingsley from the early 19th century. The welcome is warm and we enjoyed a lavish buffet lunch and tours of the workshop and other buildings by two delightful volunteers, as well as a brilliant lecture by Charles Fountain, who not only knows his stuff but is a lively and entertaining host. Could not have been bettered.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Margaret K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating experience
    A superb experience - Mike and Charles were splendid guides who made the visit fascinating. We enjoyed the cream tea tour which was excellent value and served appropriately on a china tea service. We finished the afternoon by buying a lovely pendant made out of a broken shard of genuine Nantgarw china - altogether a very successful visit that we can highly recommend to anyone.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Simon L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent working museum
    I visited for the first time, booking recommended. I was able to get a guided tour of the museum and works, I have to say a remarkable experience in what they do within the guided tour and the workshops they host. Also to see current local potters and workings. For £3.50, it is well recommended
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Jim B
    Cardiff, United Kingdom971 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little Known Welsh Gem
    If you have an interest in antiques, Welsh culture and industry or just hope story Nantgarw is a place you have to visit. This tiny Museum and pottery is run by knowledgeable volunteers who explain in detail why Nantgarw porcelain was so highly cherished and how slipware and pottery are made. It is well worth finding this famous building and enjoying a visit here. To finish your visit you can enjoy homemade Welsh cakes and a cup of tea or coffee.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 February 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles48 reviews
Excellent
40
Very good
7
Average
1
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Jim B
Cardiff, UK971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
If you have an interest in antiques, Welsh culture and industry or just hope story Nantgarw is a place you have to visit.
This tiny Museum and pottery is run by knowledgeable volunteers who explain in detail why Nantgarw porcelain was so highly cherished and how slipware and pottery are made.
It is well worth finding this famous building and enjoying a visit here. To finish your visit you can enjoy homemade Welsh cakes and a cup of tea or coffee.
Written 17 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Simon L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I visited for the first time, booking recommended. I was able to get a guided tour of the museum and works, I have to say a remarkable experience in what they do within the guided tour and the workshops they host. Also to see current local potters and workings. For £3.50, it is well recommended
Written 24 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Margaret K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A superb experience - Mike and Charles were splendid guides who made the visit fascinating.
We enjoyed the cream tea tour which was excellent value and served appropriately on a china tea service.
We finished the afternoon by buying a lovely pendant made out of a broken shard of genuine
Nantgarw china - altogether a very successful visit that we can highly recommend to anyone.
Written 18 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

same_as_before
Cardiff, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The first time I came here was about 20 years ago, before the present resurgence of the China Works. Now porcelain is being made again, to a recipe very similar to the original, lost, recipe by Billingsley from the early 19th century. The welcome is warm and we enjoyed a lavish buffet lunch and tours of the workshop and other buildings by two delightful volunteers, as well as a brilliant lecture by Charles Fountain, who not only knows his stuff but is a lively and entertaining host. Could not have been bettered.
Written 13 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lorelei
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A fascinating little museum, well worth a visit. Our guides who took us around the house and grounds were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. Not only did we learn about the history of the works, but also the porcelain currently being produced. We were shown some of the works by artist in residence, Sally and she explained how they were made. Well worth the small entrance price, we will certainly be back.
Written 11 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

49sunshine
Cardiff, UK252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A hidden gem
We had a most enjoyable afternoon at Nantgarw China works. We were made most welcome from the moment we walked through the door to our departure over two hours later.
We were met by our guide, Mike, who shared his knowledge about the works with us, showing us a brief audio visual presentation of the history of the works and then guiding us through the presentation cabinets and displays.
We met the in house potter and visited the outside bottle kiln. Finally we had a cream tea drunk out of fine China, with scones, Bara Brith and Welsh cakes.
A delicious end to a most pleasant afternoon..
Written 26 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elizabeth H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Very welcoming and friendly. Excellent lunch. A wonderful opportunity to see some of the beautiful and rare Nantgarw china ware close up and to learn about how they rediscovered how the special china was made originally.
Written 30 October 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

EJBailey
Newbury, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A lovely couple of hours were spent here this morning by myself and my daughter. She is studying A level Art and one of the artists was displaying in the 'Our Fading Heritage' exhibition.
The museum was very welcoming, we were taken on a lovey tour of the china works by a very informative tour guide called Mike. It was just the two of us on the tour so we were able to ask lots of questions and go at our speed and ask about stuff relevant to the purpose of our visit.
We were made a lovely pot of tea with welsh cakes.
Definitely worth a visit. Great value for money too!
Written 29 September 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

anstic
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
An absolute delight to visit this amazing piece if history. It is on our doorstep but this was our first visit. We will return to see the progress being made. It was fascinating to hear how porcelain was made and is being made still. Every aspect of this should be preserved so that the marvellous piece of Welsh heritage is preserved.
Amazing guide who was so knowledgeable and interesting as was the lovely lady who kept us supplied with tea and coffee. It is a short drive from Cardiff and should be on the list of places to visit as it's so interesting. Many thanks to all those who keep it up and running. The courses run there also look great and we will be signing up for some of those.
Written 27 August 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

B W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We had the most wonderful trip to the Nantgarw Chinaworks last week. We only had one day we could make the tour and this happened to be a very busy day at the Chinaworks but hearing our predicament they very, very kindly agreed to fit us in. We arrived and were made to feel so welcome as soon as we stepped through the door and began our visit with a cream tea. The room was set out beautifully and the china used was, as you’d imagine, absolutely gorgeous. Every part of the cream tea was delicious and very good value, with very generous portions, none of the three of us had room for our evening meal afterwards ! June took our tour for us and she was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and like all the other people we met there, obviously passionate about the chinaworks. We learnt so much and it was all very, very interesting. It’s a proper gem of a place and would make a lovely outing for anyone of any age and the tour itself is exceptional value, it would make a complete bargain outing for a family, £2.50 per adult, free for the under 16s ! The Chinaworks shouldn't be thought of just for visitors to the area, it has so much interest for everyone including Caerphilly and area residents, it’s something we can be very proud of. Thanks so much to you all for our very lovely afternoon with you.
Written 21 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 48
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

NANTGARW CHINA WORKS MUSEUM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Nantgarw China Works Museum

Nantgarw China Works Museum is open:
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:00