Visitors to Wales’s very own fairy-tale castle, Castell Coch, are now able to ‘see’ the site’s mythical inhabitants through a new digital fairy-spotting trail.
Sitting within the existing Cadw app, users are invited to find and collect ten different species of fairies located around the enchanted site — each with a traditional Welsh name.
Using augmented reality technology, the fairies are ready and waiting to be found, hiding in the castle rooms but only visible though your (magic) phone or tablet screen. Register all ten fairies in the app’s fairy log and receive a special prize!
How to use the trail:
Before visiting Castell Coch, download the Cadw app from your phone’s app store. Visit the ‘Digital Trails’ section to download the fairy content to your phone so you can view it at the castle when there’s no connectivity. Then when you’re at the castle there’s no need for mobile reception or for WiFi, just turn on your Bluetooth!
When you arrive, a link to the trail will appear in the main app menu. Use the maps to help guide you through the different floors and the fairy log will sparkle when one’s near.
Please collect your fairies safely! Don’t check your phone on stairs, in the car park, shop, toilets or behind roped areas as fairies never appear in these places.