At Cosmeston Medieval Village we offer schools and groups the chance to step back in time to see what life really was like for the people, rich and poor, who lived around the manor of Cosmeston, near Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The dedicated team of professional village guides have so much to tell their visitors as they educate and entertain them. Your group can experience a variety of different attitudes and views based around the type of character represented by your costumed guide.
Walter the reeve in the doorway to his cottageWalter the Reeve (reite), Walter is the lords elected man running the village business on behalf of his lordship. The Reeve is an important man with the benefits of being ‘free’ and able to command a fee for his work.
During a typical guided tour pupils/groups will be informed by their guide of what life really was like in the village in 1350 this may also include some information about weapons and armour, food, what gruesome punishments were in store for criminals and medieval medicine and cures.
Tour Duration: 40 minutes
Max. Group Size: 30 Children
All guides are trained in 1st to 3rd person interpretation techniques to enhance the pupil’s medieval experience.
The tour will end with a visit to the museum in the small white cottage. Once inside the museum you will find many artefacts on show and have the opportunity to view information boards displayed upon the walls that provide additional information. You are free to spend as much time as you wish in the museum at the end of your guided tour.
Extra activities are offered which can be added to the basic medieval village tour. Each of these activities run for an additional 20 minutes to the basic tour. Activities currently offered include:
- Bread making
- Weapons and war
If there are any specific requirements or topics you would like your guide to cover during your visit we will try our best to accommodate you.
Book a Tour
To book a tour and for information on current prices of tours and extra activities, please contact the visitor centre.
Prior to an educational visit, representatives are more than welcome to visit and discuss the day and carry out a risk assessment of the site.