Free entry for everyone into Cadw sites on St David’s Day

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Cadw is opening its sites for free on St David’s Day to encourage people to reconnect with their heritage.

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

In celebration of the Patron Saint of Wales, all visitors will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy Cadw sites across the country free of charge on Sunday, 1st of March.

Visitors can explore more than 6,000 years of history across 129 Cadw sites across Wales, including two World Heritage sites – Blaenavon Ironworks in the south, part of the Blaenavon World Heritage Landscape, and the Castles of Edward I in the north (Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech). Castles, abbeys and Roman forts are just a few of the fascinating monuments waiting to welcome visitors on St David’s Day.

Saint David, or Dewi Sant in Welsh, travelled through south Wales and the west of England in the 6th century, founding religious centers along the way. He had a strong and loyal following who believed the saint could work miracles. Tradition has it that he died on the first day of March in 589AD, and this date later became Wales’s National Day. The story of Saint David can be found on the Cadw website, part of the ‘Heroes and Heroines of Wales’ story collection. Visit our learning section to download.

The following sites, which normally charge for admission during this period, can be entered for free on Sunday 1st of March:

Cadw also has over 100 free and unstaffed monuments across Wales. Visit our Days Out section to see the list and start planning an unforgettable St David’s Day at our sites.

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