Wales’s Most Iconic Buildings and Unusual Sites set to Open Doors to Thousands of Visitors

Friday 17 August 2012

Open Doors

Open Doors

Wales’s most iconic buildings and unusual sites will welcome thousands of visitors next month as part of the annual Open Doors programme, which sees hundreds of attractions, events and activities open to visitors free of charge throughout the month of September.

Organised by the Civic Trust for Wales and supported by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Open Doors offers both local people and visitors the chance to explore new aspects of Wales’s culture and history.

From a 19th-century hospital to a colliery winding house, Wales’s oldest theatre to a Prisoner of War Camp and a hydro-electric station to ancient castles, visitors can explore all types of the country’s fascinating buildings and sites, with 400 to discover.  

Buildings and sites that are usually closed to the public including ‘Hafoty’, a beautiful medieval hall-house cared for by Cadw near Llansadwrn in Anglesey, and a Grade II listed farm complex restored by Village Alive Trust in Monmouthshire, will be among the many unseen gems opening to the public.

There will also be a chance to see how the Control Centre of the largest barrage in Wales works, to browse through a university’s rare books collection and even climb an iconic clock tower that has stood for over 100 years.

Open Doors is the largest volunteering programme in the heritage sector with over 700 events organised by  community members, including guided walks, heritage trails, lectures, exhibitions and concerts.

Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, said: 'Open Doors is a fantastic programme which gives everyone the opportunity to explore their local heritage. From photographic exhibitions to guided tours, there are hundreds of exciting events taking place across the country to help bring Wales’s history to life for visitors to explore and enjoy.'

This year visitors are being encouraged to share their Open Doors experience through a photography competition, supported by Cadw. For full details about how to enter, visit   

Some venues have limited numbers of spaces or require advance booking. Visit   for full event listings and details of properties taking part in the programme.

Open Doors is organised by the Civic Trust for Wales and supported by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. The programme is part of European Heritage Days which take place throughout September across 50 countries in a celebration of architecture and heritage.