Cadw offers unique volunteering opportunities supporting our historic sites.
- do you want to learn new skills?
- make the most of skills you already have?
- would you like to add to your CV?
- meet new people and work alongside knowledgeable and skilled staff?
If you answered yes to any of these, then come and volunteer for Cadw.
A recent volunteer said of her experience:
I have really enjoyed giving the talks and I am not leaving gladly, but I need to concentrate on finally passing my exams. Thanks so much for the opportunity, I have certainly learned a lot from the experience. I will miss coming to Caerphilly as I have grown very fond of the castle, having spent some time on researching its history more than what I knew just growing up. I find it fascinating and magnificent, every time I see it. To be able to walk within its walls and feel part of the work that goes on to preserve those walls and inspire others to feel as passionate about it as I and Cadw do, has been wonderful.
By volunteering you will be supporting the work of Cadw, becoming part of a team and learning new skills as well as sharing the skills you already have, to make a real difference. The commitment to volunteering is flexible and you can choose how much time you would like to give.
If you would like to volunteer, just click through to your chosen site page, for details of that sites volunteering opportunities, and to complete and return the online application form. The site will then contact you to discuss further.
Volunteering opportunities are available at Blaenavon Ironworks. Help us bring the story of Blaenavon Ironworks, the wider World Heritage site, and its two hundred plus years of industrial history to life, like never before.
Mike Woodward, says of his volunteering at the site:
“I very much enjoy meeting the visitors to the Ironworks, young and old alike. It has been good to try and bring to life what the actual work carried out by the men, women and children, and what their dangerous and unhealthy environment within the Ironworks was like. As well as their living conditions shown in the renovated cottages, museum and truck shop. I also take the opportunity to explain the importance and scale of the Ironmaking industry in the South Eastern region of Wales, which so many of our visitors say they had no idea of its existence and importance to the industrial revolution before their visit”.
If you would like to support the visitor experience, as a site steward, at Blaenavon Ironworks’ Stack Square cottages (as seen on the BBC Coal House series) and the wider site, please complete and return the online application form below to: BlaenavonIronworks@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
Exciting volunteering opportunities are available at Caerphilly Castle, the largest castle in Wales. We currently have vacancies for costumed interpretation performer volunteers.
Surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands, Caerphilly Castle was the brainchild of Gilbert ‘the Red’ de Clare, who also built the original Castell Coch. Early attempts by Gilbert to build a castle were thwarted by the Welsh prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, But he eventually won through and built a mammoth stronghold using the concentric ‘walls within walls’ system of defence. Over time the site would fall into disrepair until much later In the late 19th century the third marquess of Bute began preservation work. So, there are many stories to tell.
If you would like to help the custodians bring this Caerphilly giant to life and support the visitor experience, please complete and return the online application form to: CaerphillyCastle@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
Volunteering opportunities are available at Castell Coch, Tongwnlais. The beautiful fabled home of a very wealthy man.
On ancient foundations, Castell Coch is the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. William Burges was given free rein by the 3rd marquess of Bute, to create a rural retreat to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle.
If you would like to support the visitor experience at Castell Coch — We currently have vacancies for Room Stewards — please complete and return the online application form below to: CastellCoch@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
Exciting volunteering opportunities are available at the striking Denbigh Castle, probably one of the seven wonders of Wales.
Along with over half a mile of town walls, Denbigh Castle is a classic fortress of Edwardian proportions, crowning a steep hill above the medieval town. Edward I simply built on top of what was a traditional Welsh stronghold. In so doing, he made sure all traces of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, the previous unlucky incumbent, were removed for ever. Henry de Lacy, had the task of building the new castle with the king’s master mason, James of St George, at his side. Denbigh’s finest feature is its striking triple-towered great gatehouse. Your task might not be as big as James of St George, but supporting delivery a range of activities at events at site will bring its own challenges and rewards.
If you would like to help make our events run smoothly, supporting our custodians to enhance our visitor experience, please complete and return the online application form to: DenbighCastle@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
Exciting volunteering opportunities are available at Harlech Castle, part of the Edward I World Heritage site. We currently have vacancies for volunteer Medieval Games Players/Tutors.
Harlech’s battlements spring out of a near-vertical cliff-face. It’s ‘walls within walls’ being put together in super-fast time between 1283 and 1295, by an army of nearly a thousand skilled craftsmen and labourers, for a mere £8,190. 'Men of Harlech.' The nation’s unofficial anthem, is said to describe the siege which took place during the War of the Roses, when a handful of men held out against a besieging army of thousands. But times change and todays handful of individuals, now welcome the thousands of visitors, the new ‘floating’ bridge making access to the castle truly available for all.
If you fancy yourself as a medieval games master, playing them, showing others how to, and helping to bring the game offer to life, here’s your chance to help our custodians enhance our visitor experience. To apply, please complete and return the online application form to: HarlechCastle@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
Looking out over the estuary, this impressive relic of ancient times demands you stand and stare. However, as a volunteer ‘Castle and Gardens Guide’, at Laugharne’s medieval castle turned Tudor mansion, you could help turn a visitor’s stare into an appreciation of this magnificent site.
Built in the 13th century by the de Brian family, probably atop an earlier Norman ringwork castle, the solid mansion we see today is the lasting legacy of Sir John Perrot. It didn’t fare too well during the Civil War, being. partially dismantled after a siege. Even so, it inspired both Dylan Thomas and author Richard Hughes to put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summerhouse, finding the castle the perfect antidote to writer’s block.
If you have green fingers and an interest in Laugharne’s history and Victorian gardens, and see yourself as a tour guide, relaying information and stories on site, here’s your chance to help our custodians enhance our visitor experience. To apply, please complete and return the online application form to: LaugharneCastle@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
Unique volunteering opportunities are available at Plas Mawr, Conwy, the finest Elizabethan town house in Britain!
Plas Mawr stands as a symbol of a prosperous, buoyant age. Think Renaissance and Shakespeare, think Plas Mawr. Its owner Robert Wynn, an influential merchant of great repute, was particularly fond of grandeur and colour. If wealth was measured in style, then this well-travelled Welsh gentleman was absolutely fabulously wealthy.
If you would like to support the visitor experience at Plas Mawr — we currently have vacancies for Room Stewards, Tour Guides and Learning Programme volunteers — please complete and return the online application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Exciting volunteering opportunities are available at the religiously glorious in glorious technicolour, Rug Chapel. We currently have vacancies for volunteer tour guides.
Step inside 17th-century Rug Chapel and be wowed by its decorative flourishes. The chapel’s plain exterior gives little hint of the riches within. Its founder, the arch-Royalist Colonel William Salesbury, created a private chapel complete with high church pretensions and a zany style to counter puritanical notions of the time. A real show off in wood, you’ll find wood carvings or rose motifs on the altar rails, family pews, painted gallery and bench ends. It certainly grabbed the attention of Sir Edwin Lutyens, but can you grab and hold the attention of our visitors, so they go home informed about and inspired by Rug Chapel, as he was, as can be seen by his Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, India?
If you have an interest in flamboyant religious architecture and fancy yourself as a tour guide, here’s your chance to help our custodians enhance our visitor experience. To apply, please complete and return the online application form to: RugChapel@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
This is a site of huge religious significance in Wales, it’s also a natural home for Welsh culture. Praised by many poets and known for its iconic west arch and 14th century floor tiles. Wales’s medieval poet, Dafydd ap Gwilym, is buried here, as are Welsh Princes of the Deheubarth kingdom.
The Cistercian monks of the Middle Ages built roads and bridges which brought pilgrims and traders to the abbey… and they continue to today, as there is much to captivate them at this evocative, historically important site.
Can you help our custodians enhance these visitors experience, by providing a warm and friendly welcome and conveying the story of Strata Florida Abbey and the wider landscape to all and/or help us with our new herb garden. To apply, please complete and return the online application form to StrataFloridaAbbey@gov.wales and we will get back to you.
Interesting volunteering opportunities are available to further enhance the historic environment.
The historic environment is central to Wales’s culture and its character contributes to our sense of place and cultural identity.
It enhances our quality of life and adds to local distinctiveness. It is an important economic and social asset. It is vital that the historic environment is appreciated, protected and made accessible for present and future generations. It is equally important that the stories and information around the historic environment are brought together and shared.
If you have an interest in exploring the records of our great properties in care and researching the history of these magnificent sites, you might be able to help us pull together key information to help us conserve, manage, interpret and present our national heritage collection to the public. To apply, please complete and return the online application form to: Cadw and we will get back to you.