Cadw opens Wales’ historic sites for free to mark success

    harlech, castle, history
    Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle is one of the Cadw sites you can visit for free this Sunday Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

    Britain has gone football mad as three home nations – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – have made the final 16 of the the UEFA EURO 2016.

    To mark the historic achievement, the Welsh Government is opening the doors, free of charge, to all of its directly managed Cadw – Wales’ heritage agency – sites on Sunday 26 June.

    The government confirmed earlier in the year it would be delighted to extend the offer if the Welsh team made the grade, and have now delivered on its word because, while it’s a huge achievement for all the nations, Wales’ success truly has captured the hearts and minds of the country: it’s the first time the national side has qualified for any major tournament.

    All Wales Cadw sites have been lit up in red since the beginning of the tournament to support the national team.

    Economy secretary Ken Skates said: “This has unquestionably been our Year of Adventure so far and long may it continue. I am pleased to confirm that not only will our castles remain illuminated in red but also, this Sunday, everyone will have the opportunity to visit our directly managed Cadw sites for free. 

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    The Drawing Room at Castell Coach near Cardiff which will be free to visit this Sunday Credit: VisitBritainBritain on View

    “I hope the people of Wales will take full advantage of this opportunity and enjoy a thoroughly fun, informative and fulfilling day out to help celebrate the success of our national football team.”

    There are 24 directly managed Cadw sites in Wales where the special offer applies: Beaumaris Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle, Harlech Castle, Criccieth Castle, Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House, Denbigh Castle, Rhuddlan Castle, Rug Chapel, Valle Crucis Abbey, Cilgerran Castle, Kidwelly Castle, Laugharne Castle, Oxwich Castle, St David’s Bishop’s Palace, Strata Florida Abbey, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch, Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle, Tintern Abbey, Tretower Court & Castle, Blaenavon Ironworks*, Caerleon Roman Baths*

    * Caerleon Roman Baths and Blaenavon Ironworks are already free to enter so although they are included on this list the offer of free entry is not limited to 26 June.


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