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We are pleased to announce that a new Google Expeditions tour for St Fagans has been launched. Working with Google Arts and Culture a virtual reality (VR) tour of the Rhyd-y-car terrace has been created. The VR tour is part of the exciting world of Google Expeditions.

What is Google Expeditions?
To take part in the tour you can download the Google Expeditions app for free to a tablet and phone from either Google Play or the App Store. Using Google Expeditions a teacher can lead the tour from their tablet as a guide whilst pupils are explorers on phones. The phones are placed in viewers which allows the explorers to view 360° panoramas and 3D images. The guide has access to the 360° panoramas annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make the tour easy to integrate into the curriculum. To ensure you get the full experience check that your equipment meets the specification requirements.

Individuals can also explore on their own, and this is the first Google Expedition that includes audio description in Welsh.

What will the Rhyd-y-car tour show?
It is free to download and use the tour, which will give you the chance to virtually travel through time and explore the homes along the Rhyd-y-car terrace. The virtual tour gives you the chance to visit six homes along the terrace and explore how their rooms, furniture and objects changed from 1805 to 1985. Of course nothing can beat the real thing and the best way to experience the homes is by visiting St Fagans National Museum of History. For schools visits please contact us to book a time slot.

How to find the tour
To explore the Rhyd-y-Car VR tour, simply search for ‘St Fagans’ or ‘Rhyd-y-car’ in the Google Expeditions app and download the tour. Alternatively click here for a QR code which will take you straight to the tour in the Google Expeditions app.

Joe Lewis

Learning, Participation and Interpretation Officer


Rebecca Elaine Openshaw
26 February 2021, 14:29
My 19th century 3 x great-grandfather, Richard Meyrick, worked at Cyfarthfa Ironworks and possibly other ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, so the Rhyd-y-car terraces are probably similar to the houses his family lived in. For that reason, I can't wait to visit them.

I currently live in Powys not Glamorgan. However, as my own home, a labourers cottage, was built around the same time as Rhyd-y-car (late 18th century), I imagine their appearance and build were once very similar. Unfortunately, the interior of my cottage, including the original internal walls and staircase and the chimney breast, were torn out years ago. The latrine still remains though !
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