How to have a free historic adventure as part of Open Doors 2016

Thursday 15 September 2016

Rhuddlan Castle

Rhuddlan Castle

To celebrate the end of 2016’s successful Open Doors programme, the Welsh Government has revealed plans to give away 25,000 free tickets for Cadw sites over the final weekend of September (24–25).

Adventure seekers are able to claim free tickets for castles, abbeys and historic homes across the country simply by registering through Cadw’s Eventbrite page.

Caernarfon, Conwy and Caerphilly castles, all of which feature in the top 10 list of most popular paid for attractions in Wales, are among the sites taking part in the initiative that aims to encourage people to explore Welsh history.

Funded and organised by the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw), Open Doors offers both locals and visitors to Wales the chance to explore new aspects of the country’s culture and history.

In Wales’s Year of Adventure, September has already seen hundreds of unusual properties across Wales open their doors to the public and thousands of exciting, free events take place.

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “Open Doors is an excellent programme which offers local people and visitors the chance to explore both our best known sites and hidden adventures.

“The programme showcases our incredible heritage and I am pleased that Cadw sites have joined the hundreds of Welsh venues taking part in this year’s celebration.

I hope to see thousands of people discovering exciting adventures at Cadw sites across Wales over the free weekend.

Cadw is committed to making heritage more accessible and this is one  perfect way of encouraging people to explore the rich history Wales has to offer”.

Some venues have a limited number of spaces or require advance booking. To claim your free tickets, visit