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Cadw offers free entry at historic sites across Wales as Open Doors Festival returns

01 Sep 2022 3 minute read
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More than 200 historic sites and landmarks across Wales will offer visitors free entry this September as Cadw’s Open Doors festival returns.

Open Doors is the largest heritage festival in Wales and aims to encourage people to explore some of the country’s lesser-known sites ― several of which are usually closed to the public.

The 2022 programme features a range of historic venues owned by Cadw, National Trust Wales, Church in Wales, local councils, and private owners, including Neath AbbeyOystermouth CastleCaerleon Amphitheatre and BarracksBodnant Gardens, Denbigh Castle, and St Davids Cathedral.

Six staffed Cadw sites, including two of Wales’ iconic medieval fortresses ― Harlech Castle in north Wales and Laugharne Castle in south Wales ― will be offering members of the public free site access during the month-long festival.

Meanwhile, 11 of Cadw’s unstaffed sites, many of which are usually closed to the public, will also offer guided tours for free on select dates in September ― including Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber on Anglesey.

Non-Cadw sites such as St Davids Cathedral are also offering tours of areas usually closed to the public – with visitors to the site of Wales’ patron saint welcomed into the Old Lapidarium, which hasn’t been open to the public for several years.

European Heritage Days

Ffion Reynolds, Arts & Heritage Manager for Cadw said: “We warmly welcome the return of Open Doors ― Wales’ annual contribution to European Heritage Days ― running throughout September.

“Not only is it a celebration of the rich and fascinating history Wales has to offer, but an opportunity for more people than ever before to inspire a life-long love of history and culture ― especially our future generations.

“And by opening these sites for free, we hope to provide an equal opportunity for all to explore, enjoy and uncover the untold stories of Welsh history on their doorstep.”

Pre-booking for Cadw sites, whether staffed or unstaffed, is not necessary — walk-ins are encouraged to simply turn up to visit their favourite site and can also join the complimentary guided tours at select sites.

For information on how to attend an Open Doors event not being hosted at a Cadw site, visitors should contact the relevant venue directly or visit their individual website for further information as ticket requirements vary per site.

The Cadw-specific offer for Open Doors 2022 will see a collection of unique tours and events at 17 sites  during September.

Visitors are advised to check the date and details of each event before travelling.

For full details of all the sites involved in this year’s festival click here……

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