Free entry to Cadw sites as Wales makes history at the Euros

What is CADW? 

Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’. Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. Cadw is part of the Welsh Government’s Economy, Science and Transport Department and is answerable to the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates AM. They conserve Wales’s heritage to the best possible standard and have responsibility for some of the most significant sites in the world.


Free Entry This Sunday
Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates is delighted to confirm the Welsh Government is opening the doors, free of charge, to all of its directly-managed Cadw sites on Sunday 26 June to mark Wales’ historic achievement at reaching the Final 16 in the European 2016 Football Championship.

Following Monday night’s tremendous 3-0 victory against Russia, which also placed Wales at the top of its qualifying group, Ken Skates said: “We entered this competition with a real feeling that qualification was just the start for this group of players and we were right.
“From fan behaviour to Wales’ performance on the pitch, this tournament has captured the hearts and minds of this country and really helped to showcase to the rest of the world what Wales is truly capable of.”

Earlier this month Ken Skates, who is also responsible for Major Events and Elite Sport in Wales, said he would be delighted to offer free entry to Cadw’s historic castles and monuments on 26 June 2016 if the Team reached the final 16.

Following Monday’s result he said: “We waited 58 years for this opportunity but it was certainly worth the wait.This has unquestionably been our Year of Adventure so far and long may it continue. I am pleased to confirm that not only will our castles remain illuminated in red but also, this Sunday, everyone will have the opportunity to visit our directly-managed Cadw sites for free.

“I hope the people of Wales will take full advantage of this opportunity and enjoy a thoroughly fun, informative and fulfilling day out to help celebrate the success of our national football team.”

There are 24 directly-managed Cadw sites in Wales where the special offer applies.

With more than 130 sites to explore across Wales, further information about all of Cadw’s castles and properties can be found on the website:

Find the list of the sites where this special offer applies here

Sites in the Brecon Beacons include Tretower Court and Castle and Blaenavon Ironworks. 
The village of Tretower boasts a fine 13th century circular keep and one of the finest late medieval houses in Wales. Together they make up a property which for over 900 years has been altered and adapted to keep up with style and the tastes of the time. Learn more about Tretower Court heretre.jpeg

Blaenavon Ironworks is also a CADW site. Blaenavon Ironworks is the best preserved blast furnace complex of its period and type in the world. It is a key attraction within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit. The ironworks were at the heart of the industrial landscape of South Wales – without them, none of the quarries, mines, spoilheaps, tramroads, railways, canals, workers houses or civic buildings would have come to exist.

Learn more about the industrial and rural heritage of the Brecon Beacons here

Good Luck Wales! Cymru am Byth!

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