Wednesday 27 February 2013
Knights and warriors at the ready! Lower the drawbridge as Cadw monuments prepare to reopen for the spring.
On Good Friday 29 March 2013, the following sites will resume action after being closed for the winter: Laugharne Castle, Oxwich Castle, Rhuddlan Castle, Rug Chapel and Llangar Old Parish Church.
Other sites which were open for limited periods during the winter will fully reopen, including Blaenavon Ironworks, Cilgerran Castle, Criccieth Castle, Denbigh Castle, Lamphey Bishop’s Palace, Margam Stones Museum, Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House, Strata Florida Abbey, Tretower Court and Castle and Valle Crucis Abbey. White Castle is also expected to reopen following a successful programme of conservation and safety works, whilst our bigger sites that remained open during the winter will now have extended opening hours.
There are a number of great events planned for the Easter holidays. From Easter egg hunts and Easter egg painting to guided tours of Caerleon Roman Baths and Caerphilly Castle, you can be sure there is something for everyone.
In partnership with the Arts Council of Wales, Cadw is this year embarking on an exciting new project – an artist’s residency at Valle Crucis Abbey, near Llangollen. A local artist, Lucy Harvey, will transform the visitor’s experience at the abbey by challenging the traditional image and perception of heritage. She will do this through art installations that will inspire our staff and visitors to think about our monuments in a different way – definitely a must see!
More than two million people visit Cadw’s 128 historic sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breathtaking castles, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments. There are fascinating stories of battles over the centuries to uncover.
Jayne Rowlands, Head of Visitor and Business Services, commented; ‘The custodians and I are really looking forward to the reopening of our sites. We have some great events and activities in store for the rest of 2013. Get your Explorer Pass and discover your Welsh history and heritage today.’
For up-to-date information on opening times and admission prices, please visit the Days Out section of the Cadw website or ring Cadw on 01443 336000.