Castles of Edward I

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

Title: Interpretation Plan for the castles and town walls of Edward I
Date: May 2010
Creator: PLB Consulting Ltd

The plan provides a framework for interpreting the story of the castles and town walls of Edward I and the effect that these had upon the people of North Wales. It covers the period from 1276 when the English King ploughed time and resources in to the area as part of an ongoing power struggle with the native Princes. Amongst the sites associated with this period are the castles at Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech which collectively hold World Heritage site status. This plan fits into the broader story strand of the ‘Castles and princes of medieval Wales and the fight for independence’. In particular it has close links to the ‘Princes of Gwynedd’ interpretation plan.

The approach
The plan sets out the historic context of the story and its linkages with other interpretation plans in the story strand. It identifies a range of opportunities for delivering interpretation at all stages of engagement with the visitor (i.e. from pre-visit through to adaptive interpretation that would encourage repeat visits) and includes site-based audits.