Introducing Cadw

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.

Our objectives:

  • We conserve Wales’s heritage to the best possible standard. We have responsibility for some of the most significant sites in the world.
  • We help sustain the distinctive character of Wales’s landscapes and towns.
  • We help people understand and care about their place and history - and the place of Wales in the world.
  • We make a real difference to people’s wellbeing in Wales.

Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’.

Cadw is part of the Welsh Government’s Economy, Science and Transport Department and is answerable to Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure.

Cadw is also responsible for delivering against Programme for Government targets which are set by the Welsh Government. These include, but are not limited too, Culture and Heritage, Growth and Sustainable Jobs and Tackling Poverty. For more information on these targets, visit the Programme for Government section of the Welsh Government website.

To learn more about Cadw's objectives, guiding principles and values, and priorities for 2011-16, please download the documents below.