Something Exciting is Happening at Harlech Castle and We Want You to Know All About it

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Something Exciting is Happening at Harlech Castle

Something Exciting is Happening at Harlech Castle

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, wants to keep you informed about the proposed improvements to Harlech Castle and its surroundings.

What has happened so far?

We held an open day on 10 August 2012 when we introduced our plans for the development of the Castle Hotel and access to the castle.

We offered you the chance to tell us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions, and answered many of your queries.

What’s happening now?

Many members of the local community have recognised that the development will bring benefits to the area. These benefits include attracting additional visitors, opening doors for local businesses and offering a better experience for tourists.

You have raised concerns about:

• The design of the extension to the hotel
• The impact of a café/tea room
• The bridge
• Car parking
• Transport

We’re thinking about what you told us and we are working to find acceptable solutions that will allow us to achieve our plans to renovate the area around Harlech Castle.

To date, we’ve received permission from the Countryside Council for Wales to relocate bats that currently roost in the gatehouse. We have devised a scheme with ecologists to construct a new bat roost, which has been installed in the north-east tower.

We’ve also met with the Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) to discuss the feedback received on the open day. Taking that feedback into consideration, we’re currently working with SNPA on revised designs and plans for the visitor centre and bridge project.

We’re also in discussions with Gwynedd County Council’s Highways Department to come up with solutions for dealing with the implications for traffic and transport in and around Harlech.

What happens next?

We have appointed a design team to develop the castle gatehouse. The development will include installation of new floors, windows and roof, and electrical/mechanical work.

Modern interpretation will be installed, telling the fascinating story of Harlech Castle in new, creative and engaging ways.

We hope to be able to finalise the designs and plans within the next 6 months. The implementation work could start as soon as April 2013.

We are looking forward to the start of the new developments which will help improve the economic vitality of Harlech. We’re confident the developments will help us achieve our aim of breathing new life into this iconic site, so visitors can enjoy a world-class experience in line with Harlech’s World Heritage status.

We would like to invite you to another open day at the Memorial Hall in Harlech on 11 December, between 3.30pm and 6.30pm, when we will show you the designs for the visitor centre. Representatives from Cadw and the design team will be there to talk you through the project and answer any queries you may have.

For more information, please contact:

Cadw
Plas Carew, Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed, Parc Nantgarw
Cardiff CF15 7QQ
Email cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Tel 01443 336000
www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

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

The project is funded by the Welsh Government with support from European Union Convergence Funds.

Harlech Castle Highlights

2012 Summer Season

Cytser — The Constellation Project in association with Cadw produced a summer season of live theatre in Harlech Castle during July and August this year.

The season began with a Cauldrons & Furnaces production of Men of Harlech followed by Illyria Theatre Company’s productions of The Twits, Henry V and HMS Pinafore.

Building on the success of the 2011 season, this year saw more than 1,250 people attend shows in Harlech Castle, with The Twits setting a new record attendance of 500 for a single performance.