Castles from the Clouds – see Wales’s most iconic sites like never before

Friday 20 June 2014

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, has taken to the skies to show off the country’s incredible history from a unique perspective.

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You’ve heard of Game of Thrones but it’s been more a case of Game of Drones in Wales as Cadw is revealing a series of videos that have been shot using a remote controlled drone equipped with a high quality camera to re-create a bird’s eye view of some of the most iconic historic sites in Wales.

Stunning monuments including Laugharne Castle, Kidwelly Castle and St Davids Bishop’s Palace feature in the first in a series of online videos that are available on Cadw's YouTube channel.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: 'We’re always looking at new and exciting ways to bring Wales’s history to life and these videos are a good way of showcasing our incredible heritage sites from a different angle.

“More than two and a half million people visit Cadw sites every year but few people will ever have had the opportunity to see them like this.

“Wales’s historic environment gives character to our communities and strengthens a sense of belonging and identity, and we hope that these innovative videos will inspire people to explore their local heritage sites this summer.”    

Cadw is releasing the series of videos, called ‘Castles from the Clouds’, in the build up to the school summer holidays as part of its ‘Time Traveller’ campaign, launched in April this year to encourage people to immerse themselves in Welsh history.

As well as the new aerial videos, the campaign has seen comedy duo Chris Corcoran and Elis James discovering the stories behind some of Wales’s most iconic sites through a series of humorous videos

The campaign has also seen the introduction of new on-site activities such as colouring sheets and quizzes and the creation of a new interactive kids section on the Cadw website.

Since the campaign’s launch, Cadw has reported a 36% increase in visitors to its historic sites over the Easter holidays (5 – 27 April 2014) compared to the 2013 Easter break, and hope that new materials including the ‘Castles from the Clouds’ series will result in attracting further visitors over the summer holidays.

To watch the first video featuring Laugharne Castle, Kidwelly Castle and St Davids Bishop’s Palace and others as they are released, you can find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.