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Fostering Families Scheme

Free access to Cadw sites for foster families

Cadw offers free self-led supported visits, at Cadw heritage staffed sites where charges are normally applied, to support foster families.  

Action for Children

A partnership between Cadw and Action for Children, enables foster children and the families who care for them to visit historic monuments in Cadw’s care free of charge, to those who hold a current Foster Family Cadw Entry Scheme Letter of Authorisation, available through those Foster Agencies who have signed up to the scheme with Action for Children.

Those with a valid Letter of Authorisation should contact their chosen Cadw site to check availability and discuss arrangements for the free visit.

Complete our online form, which will be forwarded to a custodian who will confirm your booking. Please book your visit at least 3 working days in advance  for individual families and 5 days for groups, although we will do our best to process your booking if less than this, we cannot guarantee a free visit.

If you don’t have the letter — please speak to your Fostering Agency. The Action for Children scheme is open to all fostering agencies. Agencies can make one application that will cover all of the foster families that they work with. There is no charge for membership of the scheme. Fostering agencies that wish to join the scheme can contact Action for Children Fostering Wales on 01633 270422 to request further information and guidance on how to obtain passes for their fostering families.

Action for Children are unable to accept applications from individual foster families.


Those foster families and families of children with additional needs with a MaxCard are also able to visit historic monuments in Cadw’s care free of charge, on production of a valid card.

Please note — for both schemes:

  • free entry will not be given to carers who do not have those they care for with them
  • the offer does not apply to Cadw joint managed sites of Carreg Cennen, Dolwyddelan, Margam Stones or Weobley Castle.