Communities invited to celebrate World Heritage Day

Thursday 09 April 2015

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle

The castles of Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris, which combined form the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I World Heritage Site, will have a distinct community flavour on 18 of April 2015.  

World Heritage Day is an annual event celebrated on 18 April, aimed at raising awareness of the range of special cultural and natural heritage sites across the world, and the efforts required to protect and conserve them.  The north Wales castles form part of an exclusive group of spectacular and world-renowned sites such as the Tower of London, the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids.

Closer to home, Saturday, 18 April will be an opportunity for local communities and families to participate in a range of fun events and to learn more about the history of the castles and the stories associated with them. A number of community focussed activities will take place at all four sites, and will include the opportunity for participants to express their views about these spectacular sites, and suggest ways to improve them for the future generations of local residents and tourists.

The four castles are cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. More than 2 million people visit the 129 sites in the care of Cadw, and Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech attracted more than 500,000 visitors in 2013/14, bringing in over £7million to the local economy.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said:  “These spectacular castles on the north Wales coast are unique pieces of Wales’s history that play key roles in their respective communities, not only from a heritage perspective, but also from the significant contribution they make to the local economy.

“Cadw’s imaginative World Heritage Day events are about raising awareness of the importance of these sites in the local communities, and helping people to understand and enjoy these special places on their doorsteps – as well as encourage them to make use of the sites, which are a big part of their heritage, for their own community events and activities.’  

The events will take place at the following times across the four locations on 18 April:

  • Caernarfon Castle: 10am –12pm
  • Conwy Castle: 10am – 12pm
  • Beaumaris Castle: 2pm – 4pm
  • Harlech Castle:  2pm – 4pm

To help local communities get the most out of the day, a limited number of free tickets will be available on Eventbrite. Register for free tickets on Cadw’s World Heritage Day Eventbrite page - For those without a free ticket voucher, normal admission costs will apply – prices, further information and contact details for all four sites available on our Days Out pages.