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 — with site entry tickets available to book for selected monuments from Monday 3 August 2020.

In line with Welsh Government advice and guidance, we’re pleased to announce a phased re-opening of some of our most iconic castles, abbeys and ironworks in Wales.

With a new online ticketing system in place and the introduction of essential social distancing and hygiene measures, 18 of our 25 staffed historic sites will re-open this summer, with many of our spectacular monuments preparing to welcome visitors at the beginning of August. Our new online booking system will go live on our website on Monday 3 August, allowing Cadw members and general visitors to purchase or reserve site entry tickets.

At this time, visiting slots will only available to book for the staffed sites that are ready to welcome visitors in August, with further sites to be added to the ticketing system as and when they re-open.

Tickets for visits up to Sunday 16 August will be available for purchase or reservation on Monday 3 August, while tickets for visits from Monday 17 August onwards will be available for purchase or reservation from Monday 10 August. As our other sites re-open, tickets will be available to book two weeks in advance.

Furthermore, all site entry prices have been reduced to reflect the recently announced reduction in the VAT charged for entry into visitor attractions. The full reduction will be passed on to visitors in order to support local tourism economies.

At some re-opening sites, including Caernarfon Castle and Tintern Abbey, there will only be access to part of the site due to the need for essential conservation or development works. As a consequence, the admission price to Caernarfon will be reduced by 50% while adults tickets to Tintern are reduced to just £5.

Kindly note, due to a change in staffing levels following the coronavirus outbreak, Cadw’s staffed heritage sites will initially only be open for five days a week rather than seven.

These details are outlined in our phased re-opening plan and will be clearly specified through the online ticketing platform, with all tickets to be site specific and only valid for entry to the monument selected at point of purchase or reservation.

On behalf of everyone at Cadw, we’d like to thank all of our members and visitors for their ongoing support and patience during this time, it’s allowed us to effectively plan ahead for the safe re-opening of our major heritage sites.

 

We can’t wait to welcome you back and look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Planned re-opening dates for staffed Cadw sites:

Our planned re-opening schedule, including specific re-opening days for individual sites in August, is as follows:

N.B. At each site, the morning sessions will be from 10am to 1pm. The sites will then be closed between 1pm and 2pm for cleaning and the afternoon sessions will run from 2pm to 5pm.

 

Sites re-opening in August

Monument                          Date             Opening days and times

 

Laugharne Castle   4 August   OPEN
       

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Tuesday and Wednesday

Plas Mawr   4 August   OPEN
       

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Thursday and Friday

Blaenavon Ironworks   5 August   OPEN
       

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Tuesday and Wednesday

Caerphilly Castle   6 August   OPEN
       

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Monday and Tuesday

Denbigh Castle   6 August   OPEN
       

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Tuesday and Wednesday

Harlech Castle   6 August   OPEN
       

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Monday and Tuesday

Raglan Castle   6 August   OPEN
       

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Monday and Tuesday

Chepstow Castle   7 August   OPEN
       

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Monday and Tuesday

Conwy Castle*   8 August   OPEN
       

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Thursday and Friday

Beaumaris Castle   10 August   OPEN
       

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Thursday and Friday

Caernarfon Castle   10 August   OPEN
       

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Thursday and Friday

Tintern Abbey   28 August   OPEN
       

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

        CLOSED
       

Monday and Tuesday

 

*Complete with a new one-way system to ensure public health and safety, Conwy Town Walls will now be re-opening on Saturday 8 August — at the same time as the magnificent fortress.

 

Price reductions across monuments:

 

 

FULL PRICE 2020/21

Covid-19 reduced price

STUDENT/ CHILDREN 2020/21

Covid-19 reduced price

SENIORS 2020/21

Covid-19 reduced price

FAMILY 2020/21

Covid-19 reduced price

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

Conwy Castle

10.40

8.80

6.30

5.40

8.40

7.10

29.50

25.10

Caernarfon Castle

10.40

5.20

6.30

3.10

8.40

4.20

29.50

14.70

Caerphilly Castle

9.40

8.00

5.60

4.80

7.50

6.40

26.20

22.30

Beaumaris Castle

7.70

6.50

4.60

3.90

6.10

5.20

21.60

18.40

Chepstow Castle

7.70

6.50

4.60

3.90

6.10

5.20

21.60

18.40

Harlech Castle

7.70

6.50

4.60

3.90

6.10

5.20

21.60

18.40

Plas Mawr

7.70

6.50

4.60

3.90

6.10

5.20

21.60

18.40

Raglan Castle

7.70

6.50

4.60

3.90

6.10

5.20

21.60

18.40

Tintern Abbey

7.70

5.00

4.60

2.30

6.10

3.10

21.60

10.80

Denbigh Castle

4.50

3.80

2.60

2.20

3.60

3.10

12.50

10.60

Laugharne Castle

4.50

3.80

2.60

2.20

3.60

3.10

12.50

10.60

Blaenavon Ironworks

6.10

5.20

3.70

3.10

4.80

4.10

£17.10

14.50

Joint Conwy / Plas Mawr Ticket

12.70

10.80

7.60

6.50

10.20

8.70

£35.80

30.40

 

Sites re-opening from Saturday 5 – Friday 18 September (site specific dates to be announced later this summer)

Castell Coch

Criccieth Castle

Kidwelly Castle

St Davids Bishop’s Palace

Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

Tretower Court and Castle

 

Sites re-opening in Spring 2021:

Rug Chapel

Llangar Church

Oxwich Castle

Rhuddlan Castle

Valle Crucis Abbey

Stata Florida Abbey

Cilgerran Castle

We’re keen to keep you updated about our plans to re-open our staffed heritage sites in Wales and understand that you might have some questions before you visit.

With that in mind, below are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. If you have any further queries please contact us via email: Cadw@gov.wales.

 

Booking FAQs

Cadw member FAQs

General visitor and member FAQs

Tour operator FAQs

Wedding and 3rd party event FAQs