Wednesday 28 May 2014
Work is in full swing to develop Castell Henllys Iron Age village with the creation of a new visitor centre featuring interactive exhibitions, a shop and a café.
The popular attraction, run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, is receiving funding for the project from Cadw's Heritage Tourism Project (part funded by the European Regional Development Fund - ERDF) and the Visit Wales Digital Tourism Business Framework (funded by the ERDF).
The funds have paid for an extension of the original building, new exhibitions (including digital interactive exhibitions and an 'app' bringing augmented reality to a National Park site for the first time). 'Green' technology is also being introdcued, including a biomass boiler.
The project will also introduce visitors to the wider prehistoric Pembrokeshire, linking Castell Henllys with other important heritage sites in the National Park.
Chairman of the National Park Authoirty, Councillor Mike James said: "These are exciting times for Castell Hennlys and for all our visitors. There's nowhere else quite like this evocative place; it's the only Iron Age Village in Britain reconstructed on a site where our ancestors lived 2,000 years ago.
"Developing the attraction here will help conserve the cultural heritage of the National Park and it will further boost tourism, bringing wider economic benefits to Pembrokeshire as a whole."
"It also gives the National Park Authority a great opportunity to spread the message about sustainable living. Visitors to Castell Henllys can learn about the past here but, more importantly, they can learn from the past. They'll find out what daily life was like but they'll also find out how we can learn lessons from our ancestors to conserve the tremendous landscape we live in."
The revamped centre will be officially launched in spring 2015 and it is business as usual in the meantime, though from May to July visitors are advised to phone 01230 891319 before making a special trip to make sure that all parts of the site are open.
More information can be found on the Castell Henllys website, including an activity programme for Whitsun and throughout the summer holidays.