The Welsh Government’s historic environment service Cadw has announced the details of a major investment of £5m at Caerphilly Castle for an extensive programme of conservation work and new installations designed to enhance the visitor experience and celebrate the story of the castle.
The funding is part of a £9.5m investment into Wales’s historic sites.
There are plans for the redecoration of Caerphilly’s Great Hall to restore its original medieval splendour, and for the installation of new interpretations offering enlivened insights into the history of the castle, from its construction in the 13th century to its 20th-century restorations.
Cadw has commissioned MACE architects to carry out the exciting plans, which also include the installation of a new visitor centre housing catering facilities and a space for educational and outreach groups.
Wessex Archaeology is currently investigating whether any archaeological remains are still present at the castle entrance before conservation and construction work begins.
Local wildlife has also benefited from the investment. Floating rafts have been installed on the moat for kingfisher nesting, and boxes for bats and birds have been added to the castle grounds.
According to Dr Kate Roberts, Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Cadw: ‘We’re delighted to announce this funding, and we look forward to seeing how the vital conservation work and improved visitor experience will help the people of Wales and beyond to understand and celebrate the fascinating story of Caerphilly Castle.’
Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, added: ‘I am confident that Cadw’s project will not only help to amplify this majestic monument’s position as a top-class attraction – but will also help to boost tourism and cement Wales’s ongoing recovery from the pandemic.’