Cadw’s purpose is to work for an accessible, well-protected historic environment. Historic assets are protected by a number of different designations, some statutory and some not – listing, scheduling and protection of historic wrecks are statutory designations carried out by Cadw working to set criteria, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers. Local authorities designate conservation areas. Other assets are included on national or local non-statutory registers.
The need to preserve the best examples of ancient monuments has long been recognised in legislation. Statutory protection began in 1882 with the first Ancient Monuments Protection Act which initially safeguarded 50 monuments in Great Britain.Find out more
Buildings & Conservation Areas
Historic buildings help give Wales its special character and make it distinctive. The need to preserve the best examples has long been recognised in legislation.Find out more
Historic Parks and Gardens
Wales has a rich inheritance of historic parks and gardens. They form an important and integral part of the historic and cultural fabric of the country.Find out more
World Heritage Sites are places that the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has inscribed on a list of international sites because of their outstanding universal value, the importance of which is so great as to transcend national boundaries.Find out more