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The castle is to undergo a £3.3m improvement programme

Caernarfon Castle set for £3.3m investment

Neil Tague

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, has secured the funding to boost tourism at the World Heritage Site for Visit Wales, with plans to improve access and add retail and education space.

Tourism agency Visit Wales’ “tourism attractor destination” programme is the source for the funding. Local businesses and residents are being consulted on the proposals, hich currently include what is claimed to be the first ever level access to the upper embattlements of any similar UK World Heritage site, providing access for those with mobility issues. Other elements include:

  • Developing imaginative, interactive and immersive experiences e.g. virtual reality.
  • Significant conservation works to the gate
  • A lightweight, glazed lift to gain access throughout King’s Gate leading to a new viewing deck atop the gate
  • Educational and event space
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • The provision of a light snack and refreshments area
  • Increased and improved retail space within the King’s Gate Tower area

The medieval fortress was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Minister for culture, tourism and sport Lord Elis-Thomas said: “Caernarfon Castle is a hugely significant attraction, one of the most well known castles in the UK and it is recognised internationally.

“This project is focused on enhancing this world class offer. We want to drive up visitor numbers for the monument and of course Caernarfon town by making it more accessible to a much wider audience.

“If we are genuinely to break down barriers, our sites need to be more accessible, relevant and enjoyable. Our proposals here absolutely support that.”

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Learning space will be included in the project

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And rebuild some of the walls and turrets. Why not? Or is it worth remembering how the stonework was stolen? Is that proud part of Welsh heritage that needs to be ‘preserved’? It’s not a jar of jam, you know.

By james yates

How about letting dog owners bring their dogs in? That wouldn’t cost a penny and “Dog Friendly” in a brochure will bring in loads more tourists.

By Tim Gardiner

What is that cladding though?! Fake stone cladding – horrible.

Also some of them towers have such poor massing that they look half finished.

By CastlesAreCladding