Friday 27 February 2015
From the 3rd to 27th March 2015, there will be free entry to Caernarfon Castle while Cadw oversee the completion of Phase 1 of the brand new Interpretation Plan and Entrance.
In order for the work to be carried out, there will be limited access to some areas of the castle and in recognition of this, Cadw have arranged for free entry for all visitors to the magnificient World Heritage site.
During this period there will be no access to three parts of the castle: Eagle Tower, North-East Tower and Black Tower internal passageways, as exciting new information panels, lighting and interactive exhibits are installed.
The completion of these works will see a radical change to the way in which visitors to the castle are informed of not only the history of Caernarfon Castle, but also of the Welsh Princes.
The Black Tower wall-walk will be a new area of the castle to be utilised for interpretation. Within the atmospheric corridors there will be a depiction of the myths and legends which influenced Edward I’s design and building of the castle in 1283.
The brand new entrance to the castle, through the King’s Tower, will also be ready for the Easter holidays and will help ease congestion during our busy periods. It has been designed out of glass so that the incredible stonework of this majestic archway can still be viewed and enjoyed.
The work has been funded through the Heritage Tourism Project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and led by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. This is aimed at providing new interpretation of Welsh history in an appealing and meaningful way to a wider audience.
The new Head Custodian at the Castle, John Sherlock, said: “We are pleased to offer visitors the chance to experience Caernarfon Castle for free until the start of the Easter holidays while our new exhibitions are being installed”.
He added: “Whilst there will be some disruption to some areas of the Castle during this major work, this will ultimately enhance the site and help to bring the past to life for all visitors”.