Castell Coch’s fairies come out to play — thanks to augmented reality trail

Wednesday 17 May 2017

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Visitors to Wales’s very own fairy-tale castle — Castell Coch — will now be able to ‘see’ the site’s mythical inhabitants, as the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) unveils a new digital fairy-spotting trail.

Using augmented reality technology, the trail will become a permanent feature at the site and comes on-the-back-of a successful pilot that saw families search for miniature fairy doors and figurines hidden around the castle — which resulted in a huge 102 per cent increase in visitors over October half-term.  

Sitting within the existing Cadw app, users will be invited to find and collect ten different species of fairies located around the enchanted site — each with a traditional Welsh name.

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in Wales, said: “After the overwhelming success of Fairy Week at Castell Coch, we’re very proud to bring the concept of ‘fairy-spotting’ into an exciting and permanent digital realm.

“From humble medieval beginnings to years of Victorian splendour, Castell Coch has a history which spans the ages. And the new fairy-spotting trail will allow visitors to explore this fascinating history, all while celebrating the site’s modern-day reputation as ‘Wales’s fairytale castle’.

“The digital trail is just one of many new and exciting experiences being brought to visitors through Cadw’s Live the Legends campaign, which aims to bring the country’s myths and dramatic stories to life during Visit Wales’s 2017 Year of Legends.”

Visitors to Castell Coch can access the digital fairy-spotting trail by downloading (or updating) the Cadw app — available for iPhone and Android users here. To ensure your phone/tablet can see the fairies, make sure it has the most recent software update. Please note that the fairy trail requires Android 5 or Apple 4s/iOS 9 or above.

For more information, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.