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When planning the perfect getaway it's always good to build in some flexibility. Who knows what might come up or what the weather might do. It is Wales after all.

One thing you can depend on is Cadw's 3 or 7 day explorer passes. They provide a great value way to explore the wealth of historic attractions Wales has to offer. 

The passes offer the freedom to explore dozens of Cadw's historic attractions (full details below), and help you get the most out of your visit to Wales. 

The 3 day pass can be used in any 7 day period and the 7 day pass in any 14 days. The more the pass is used, the greater the savings.

The Explorer Passes can be bought at many of our historic attractions (full details below) and are sold as either single adult, two adult or family passes.

Retail Prices

   SINGLE ADULT   TWO ADULTS   FAMILY*
3-DAY PASS  £23.10   £35.70   £47.25
7-DAY PASS  £33.60   £53.55   £65.10

 

*2 adults and up to 3 children/grandchildren under 18.

Historic attractions that accept and sell Explorer Passes            

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Caerphilly Castle                            
  • Castell Coch 
  • Chepstow Castle                  
  • Cilgerran Castle                   
  • Conwy Castle                       
  • Criccieth Castle                   
  • Denbigh Castle                                        
  • Harlech Castle                     
  • Kidwelly Castle 
  • Laugharne Castle 
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House
  • Raglan Castle
  • Rhuddlan Castle
  • Rug Chapel
  • Strata Florida Abbey
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tretower Court and Castle
  • Valle Crucis Abbey

Historic attractions that accept Explorer Passes but do not sell them

  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Dolwyddelan Castle
  • Margam Stones Museum
  • Weobley Castle

For further information contact 0300 0256000 or email cadw@gov.wales. Please note that it is not currently possible to buy Explorer passes online.

Wales may be small in size but we’re big on groups.  From awe-inspiring fortresses to magical abbeys, Cadw has a great deal to offer groups of all sizes.

Our historic sites host a myriad of wonderful exhibitions and events throughout the year. Our calendar runs from April to December and with over 150 separate events planned each year there’s always something going on. From battling knight tourneys to living history encampments and theatrical performances to digital sound and light shows. We’re not short on fun and excitement.

Our sites offer great value. Get a group of 15 or more together and we can offer a 10% discount on entry prices. As most of our events are included in the standard entry price there’s even more reason to get a group together and head over to our sites. What are you waiting for?

We can help with advice and information on all aspects of the visit. Looking after some of the finest historic attractions throughout Wales, we are ideally placed to help you.

  • Free familiarisation visits for members of the travel trade and travel press
  • Image loan service
  • Free promotional leaflets to support your programmes
  • 3 and 7 day Explorer Passes (fully commissionable, up to 25%) available on  firm sale
  • Discounts for group visits
  • Priority access scheme

Planning group visits

The ‘places to visit’ search is a good starting point. This provides both general and specific information on individual sites. Groups from educational establishments will find valuable information in the educational visits section. If your group includes disabled visitors you will find further information on the individual site pages in 'places to visit' or contact Cadw headquarters on 0300 0256000, email cadw@gov.wales

If you would like to receive free advice and suggestions on which sites would best fit your programme please contact our marketing desk (contact details below).

Free familiarisation visits

One call to our marketing desk and we will be pleased to arrange a free familiarisation visit to our properties (contact details below).

Free promotional leaflets

Please contact our marketing desk (contact details below).

Photo Library service

We have an extensive range of top quality photographs available for hire. Please contact the Wales on View photographic library or contact our marketing desk (contact details below).

http://www.walesonview.com/

Explorer Passes

  • A 3 or 7 day Explorer Pass gives your group or ‘go as you please’ visitors free admission into 30 charging historic attractions in the care of Cadw. It can also be sold as an optional extra.
  • Holders of the pass have the freedom to explore as many attractions as they wish for either 3 days in any 7, or 7 days in any 14. 
  • Explorer Passes are available for: single adult; two adults or family
  • Earn Commission — up to 25%
  • Explorer Passes are available on a firm sale basis

Group discounts

For groups of 15 or more a 10% discount is offered on adult and reduced rate categories.

For more information on our groups offers please telephone 0300 0256000 or email cadw@gov.wales

One thing you can depend on is Cadw’s 3-day or 7-day Explorer Passes. They provide a great value way to explore the wealth of historic attractions Wales has to offer. 

The passes offer groups the freedom to explore dozens of Cadw's historic attractions (full details below), and help them get the most out of their visit to Wales. 

The 3-day pass can be used in any 7-day period and the 7-day pass in any 14-day period. The more the pass is used, the greater the savings. You as travel operators can also earn up to 25% in commission.

The Explorer Passes are available on a firm-sale basis and are sold as either single adult, two adult or family passes.

Retail and trade prices are as follows:

Retail Prices

   SINGLE ADULT  TWO ADULTS     FAMILY*
3-DAY PASS  £23.10  £35.70   £47.25 
7-DAY PASS  £33.60  £53.55   £65.10

                                        

Trade prices

   SINGLE ADULT  TWO ADULTS   FAMILY*
3-DAY PASS  £17.35  £27.00   £35.50
7-DAY PASS  £25.20  £40.20   £48.85

 

*2 adults and up to 3 children/grandchildren under 18.

Historic attractions that accept and sell Explorer Passes

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
  • Caernarfon Castle                 
  • Caerphilly Castle                             
  • Castell Coch 
  • Chepstow Castle                  
  • Cilgerran Castle                   
  • Conwy Castle                       
  • Criccieth Castle                   
  • Denbigh Castle                                        
  • Harlech Castle                     
  • Kidwelly Castle 
  • Laugharne Castle 
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House
  • Raglan Castle
  • Rhuddlan Castle
  • Rug Chapel
  • Strata Florida Abbey
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tretower Court and Castle
  • Valle Crucis Abbey

Historic attractions that accept Explorer Passes but do not sell them

  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Dolwyddelan Castle
  • Margam Stones Museum
  • Weobley Castle

For further information contact 0300 0256000 or email cadw@gov.wales. Please note that it is not currently possible to buy Explorer passes online.

Widening access to heritage and culture is a priority for Cadw.

Through the schemes listed in this section we aim to enrich the lives of people across Wales — especially young people who may not have engaged with their heritage — by making it easy for them to visit the sites in our care.

Fostering families scheme

Family holiday association supported visits

Timebanking scheme

Self-led supported visits

Cadw monument pass

Country Life butter promotion

2 for 1 entry offer with Transport for Wales

Did you know that we also offer free self-led educational visits for school groups and free visits for home educating families into all of our sites? For more information on these schemes, visit the Education section of the website.

Free entry also applies upon renewal of membership to members of English Heritage, Manx Heritage and Historic Scotland into our sites across Wales and the reverse would apply to Cadw members into their sites. More information can be found on the Membership section of our website

Please proceed with care as ancient monuments can be dangerous.

Children must be supervised at all times.

Appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear is strongly recommended.

Please ensure you park away from trees during high winds and stormy weather for your safety and that of your vehicle.

Cadw is not responsible for damage caused by parking in the monuments’ car parks, pull ins or lay bys.

There are safety warning signs at many of our sites. General warning signs are at the entrance and in many cases will be reinforced by smaller 'pictogram' repeater signs identifying specific hazards at individual monuments. 

Some or all of the following warning signs may be found situated around the sites.

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Leaflets providing guidance (particularly on safety) for organisers of school/group visits are available for our most popular sites.

We want you to enjoy your visit so please lock your vehicles and do not leave valuables on display.  Lock them up or take them with you. Try not to make it obvious if you are putting things away as thieves may be watching.

Remember — vehicles, bicycles and contents are left at your own risk.

When inside the monument, do not leave any bags or items unattended as these may be considered as suspect and removed by staff or the police.

We will not be responsible for any loss or damage as a result of this.

Lost and found property will be retained for six months unless it has identification markings on it or items are perishable.

Valuables such as passports, wallets, purses and credit cards will be handed to the police station local to the monument if the owner's details are not obvious.

Enquiries about lost and found property should be made directly to the custodian at the monument.