National Collections Centre

Come and take a closer look at the National Collections

For a very different kind of visit, the National Collections Centre in Nantgarw stores thousands of fascinating objects that are not on display.

The Collections Centre is not open to the general public, but we offer exclusive access to groups.

Choose from a variety of free tours


Our small team of conservators and engineers preserve the Welsh national industry collections, ranging from delicate old photographs to 22-tonne machines.

A talk with one of the experts brings unique insight into this specialist work.

Collections Storage and Management

This talk is held in the large industrial objects store, alongside objects ranging in size from bricks to engines, and explains how we store, record and manage the national industry collections.

The Transport Collection

This is your chance to see the collection of bicycles, motorbikes, cars, buses and even an air sea rescue helicopter, with a talk by one of the collections management team.

Gas Engines and Large Stationary Engines

A talk on the larger engines and the challenges of cleaning, conserving and eventually rebuilding the parts into a restored engine.

Visitor Information

For further details and to book your visit telephone (029) 2057 3560 or email us.

Booked tours are available for a maximum of twenty people:

11am-12.30pm and 2-3pm, Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays).


  • Disabled toilet
  • Level access
  • Free parking

How to find us

We are in Nantgarw, CF15 7QT, just off the M4 from J32. Head north on the A470 and exit at the A468 Caerphilly/A4054 Treforest Trading Estate junction. Turn left at the roundabout. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto Heol Crochendy, Parc Nantgarw, straight over the next small roundabout and the entrance to the car park is the 2nd turning on the left.

National Collections Centre, Nantgarw