Heritage Tourism Project restores Carew Castle's heart

Saturday 27 September 2014

Exciting renovations at Carew Castle, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, have cemented its reputation as a quality visitor attraction for all the family.

  • Picture of Carew Castle © Pete Norman

    Carew Castle © Pete Norman

  • Picture of children enjoying the surroundings in the Lesser Hall

    Children enjoying the surroundings in the Lesser Hall

  • Picture of the roof in the Carew Castle Lesser Hall

    Roof in the Carew Castle Lesser Hall

  • Picture of the exterior of Carew Castle

    Carew Castle

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Tourism Project, the castle’s impressive Lesser Hall was treated to a roof renovation, reinstating one of the building’s most prominent spaces and the original heart of the castle.

Castle Manager Daisy Hughes said: “The new roof has meant we have been able to add to our visitor offer, with a whole range of new indoor activities and community uses that have brought the space to life once more. It has really provided a fantastic and dramatic venue for our events and means we are now a great wet weather venue for all ages.”

The renovation project also included a new shop and visitor centre, as well as car park enhancements. The project forms part of Cadw’s £19 million Heritage Tourism Project which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government.

Daisy added: “We were extremely grateful for the funding support provided for this project, which have not only improved our facilities at Carew Castle, but have also enhanced the county’s wider tourism appeal.”

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill is managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Its rich history spans over 2,000 years and tells of knights of the realm, kingmakers, Elizabethan intrigue and Civil War devastation. Glimpses of its bloody past include murder holes, gargoyles and tales of ghostly goings-on. Set in the beautiful National Park, today Carew is as perfect for a gentle stroll and a picnic as it is for an action-packed day of family-friendly discovery and adventure.

Visitors can have a chance to see the renovations for themselves on Sunday December 7th as Carew Castle hosts its annual Christmas Fayre. There will be medieval merriment and a host of craftspeople selling locally made gifts, cards, decorations and produce. The Quaynotes Choir will perform traditional carols and Christmas songs, and Pembrokeshire Falconry will also be there, with a number of their beautiful birds. The fair is open from 11am to 3pm and admission to the castle costs £4 for adults (mince pie included!) with free entry for children.

More information on this project and other events at this site is available on the Carew Castle website or call 01646 651782.