Friday 07 September 2012
Welsh historical enthusiast Carl Morton (47) from Cardiff, has finally completed a personal challenge to visit all advertised Cadw visitor sites in Wales. After a visit to Caerphilly Castle just over five years ago, Carl took on the challenge to visit the 128 advertised historical monuments, palaces and industrial sites, and this week reached the final site on his list, Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey.
Carl has always had an interest in history and visiting heritage sites throughout the UK. Carl explains how his Cadw challenge came about: 'I was visiting Caerphilly Castle about five years ago, and bought a Cadw map from the shop, which listed all the sites to visit in Wales. I took the map home and marked off the sites I had already visited - about a dozen or so, and it was then that I set myself the challenge to visit all the others!'
Continues Carl: 'At first it was quite easy as I did all the local ones, but then as time went on I started having to travel and make weekends of it. I started to take short B&B breaks in north, west and mid Wales so that I could start to see all the sites I hadn't yet visited, I've worked out that I've travelled approximately 3,000 miles visiting all the sites. It's been a fantastic way to get to know my country, and each visit has allowed me not only to take in the magnificent monuments of Wales, but also the beautiful surrounding towns, villages and countryside, as well as other interesting places to visit in the different areas.
'Over the years whilst visiting Cadw sites, I've found all the staff working at the sites incredibly helpful and friendly, and they're always so enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. I remember when I visited Penarth Fawr Medieval House in Gwynedd, I arrived the find the site closed, but as I'd travelled so far, the custodian stopped on his way out to re-open the house and give me a personal tour. And at Rhuddlan Castle, Denbighshire, one of the custodians lent me her coat as it was pouring with rain. I've never had anything but a positive experience when visiting a Cadw site.'
Lucy O'Donnell, Assistant Director of Public Engagement and Governance for Cadw says: 'We were delighted when we received the call from Carl telling us that he had taken on the challenge to visit all of our visitor sites. As Carl said, the types of sites that are in our care are very varied and give locals and visitors a real insight into Wales's magnificent history.'
Lucy continues: 'As a reward to Carl, Cadw is offering him a year's free family membership, which will not only entitle him to free entry to all Cadw sites and events, but he'll also receive member benefits such as Heritage in Wales magazine three times a year, money off purchases in Cadw gift shops and half price entry to English Heritage and Historic Scotland and free entry to Manx National Heritage properties. Cadw membership is not only a great opportunity for heritage enthusiasts to explore Wales's historic environment, but members are also helping safeguard Wales's heritage for future generations as well.'
If you're thinking of attempting this challenge, then take advantage of a Cadw membership. Not only will it give you free entry into all Cadw sites, but also great savings on entry to English Heritage and Historic Scotland sites. There are several Cadw membership packages available. Prices range from £15.30 for a child and to £23.45 for a senior citizen, to £36.70 for an adult and £41.80 for a family.
Cadw's Explorer Passes is also a great value way to explore the wealth of historic attractions Wales has to offer. The passes offer the freedom to explore as many of Cadw's historic attractions* as visitors wish or can squeeze in during a visit to Wales.
The three day pass can be used in any seven day period and the seven day pass in any 14 days. The more the pass is used, the greater the savings. Cadw Explorer Passes are available from Cadw sites* and are sold as either single adult; two adults or family explorer pass.
A three-day pass costs £13.20 (single adult), £20.30 (two adults) or £28 (family) and the seven-day pass costs £19.85 (single adult), £31.60 (two adults) and £38.75 (family**).
For further information contact 01443 336000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter for more news.
*Historic Attractions: Beaumaris Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Carreg Cennen Castle, Castell Coch, Chepstow Castle, Cilgerran Castle, Conwy Castle, Criccieth Castle, Denbigh Castle, Dolwyddelan Castle, Harlech Castle, Kidwelly Castle, Lamphey Bishop's, Palace, Laugharne Castle, Margam Stones Museum, Oxwich Castle, Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House, Raglan Castle, Rhuddlan Castle, Rug Chapel, Strata Florida Abbey, St Davids Bishop's Palace, Tintern Abbey, Tretower Court and Castle, Valle Crucis Abbey, Weobley Castle, White Castle
**2 adults and all children/grandchildren aged 16 and under.