Education access to unstaffed sites

We have 129 sites in our care across Wales — of which only 28 are staffed — the majority of Cadw sites are unstaffed and open to visit.

Most of our educational offerings are focussed at staffed sites.  We simply can’t provide direct educational offerings at all sites, all year.  But unstaffed sites can still make great places to explore, as long as you understand the limitations and prepare appropriately.

You will need to undertake your own risk assessment and we encourage you visit the site suitable for your group visit; 

Do make sure you understand access, washroom, catering and mobile phone signal limitations of the site you wish to visit, and be aware that these sites are open to the elements and misuse by others — we can’t always control who visits or what they leave behind. Your first aider may want to research health provision in the area.

Do draw from our resources for your self guided tour. Consider bringing in qualified local or subject expertise — maybe an accredited tour guide — eg WOTGA green/blue badge guide, or similar, if budgets allows. You would need to check they have the right clearances to work with your students. 

You will need to staff your visit to the same or higher ratios to those we require for our staffed sites (see terms and conditions) and have first aiders to hand (with local doctor and hospital numbers) 

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