Cadw's ambitious project transforms the Caernarfon Castle visitor experience.
The majestic King's Gate has benefited from a £5 million investment to install a rooftop deck, floors in its towers and a lift to allow visitors to reach parts of the gatehouse that have been inaccessible for centuries.
Follow our timeline of developments from securing planning permission in 2020 to the reopening of the King’s Gate in April 2023.
Project timelapse video
Experience the scale of the redevelopment of the King’s Gate through our project footage.
NOW OPEN: areas of Caernarfon Castle that have not been accessed for centuries — thanks to £5m investment
Following three years of work, the enhancement project at the main gateway into the castle is complete.
22 July 2022
The work on the King's Gate, once completed, will improve site accessibility allowing wheelchair users to reach the top of the King's Gate tower via a glass lift.
5 November 2021
Key representatives from Cadw and the project team gathered for a topping out ceremony which celebrates the project reaching the highest point in its construction.
24 September 2021
A giant steel frame is hoisted over the battlements
190 tonnes of scaffold is constructed around the King's Gate entrance
4 May 2021
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9 September 2020
Planning application submitted for Caernarfon Castle’s exciting King’s Gate redevelopment
Gateways to a new level of world class heritage!
Million pound investment announced for Caernarfon Castle