Welsh Government heritage sites open doors for free heritage weekend

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Picture of children entering Caerphilly Castle

Children entering Caerphilly Castle

“To mark the end of Open Doors 2015, the Welsh Government will offer free entry to more than 20 of its most popular historic attractions during the last weekend of September (September 26,27).”

Following the demand for tickets as part of last year’s event, the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw) has doubled the ticket allocation, making 20,000 free tickets available to members of the public. They can be reserved by visiting http://opendoorswales.eventbrite.co.uk.

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 more people to explore Welsh history.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Open Doors is the largest volunteer event in the heritage sector in Wales and throughout September we have seen hundreds of iconic venues across Wales offer free entry to thousands of visitors.

“We are committed to making heritage more accessible and we wanted to mark the end of this year’s successful Open Doors celebration by releasing 20,000 free tickets.

“We had such a fantastic response to our free weekend last year that we wanted to provide the opportunity for even more people to discover the dramatic stories at heritage sites across Wales for free. I hope it sparks a continued interest in exploring our fascinating heritage that helps create Wales’s unique sense of place.”

Visit cadw.gov.wales/opendoors for more information, full event listings and to reserve your free tickets.