Free Access To Many Of West Wales’ Historic Landmarks This September Through Open Doors Festival

Amidst the high cost of living which has affected families all over the country, this September, visitors can enjoy hundreds of historical locations across Wales for free.

Cadw has announced the return of Open Doors this September – an annual festival which unlocks access to Wales’ most remarkable and cherished historical locations.

Throughout September, over 200 historic landmarks – including epic locations in west Wales – will offer visitors an exciting lineup of free events, guided tours, and immersive experiences – some of which have never been accessible to the public before.

The Open Doors initiative is part of the wider European Heritage Day festival – raising awareness of the richness and cultural diversity across the continent.

It will provide a unique opportunity for people of all ages to connect with the past, experience rich heritage, and uncover the captivating stories that have shaped Wales’ history.

As part of the festival, 16 of Cadw’s own epic monuments including Laugharne Castle and St Davids Bishop’s Palace will open their doors for free, encouraging visitors to explore what they have to offer.

Ffion Reynolds, Heritage & Events Manager at Cadw said: “We are excited to welcome visitors back to the many remarkable locations taking part in Open Doors, each of which has its own story to tell.

“The Open Doors event is an opportunity for us to showcase the diversity and resilience of Wales’ historic architecture in a way that’s accessible for all.  By opening these places for free, we’re hoping that everyone will have the opportunity to get a taste for our country’s rooted history and culture and become actively involved in safeguarding these locations for present and future generations.”

With so many historic landmarks to choose from, there are a thousand reasons to visit this September. Here are just some of locations taking part across west Wales:

St Davids Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace

Book in advance for 23rd, 24th, and 29th September, various times 

Ranked among the most extraordinary medieval structures in the UK, St Davids Cathedral stands as a testament to history. Open Doors presents an opportunity for visitors to explore rarely seen parts of the Cathedral and guests can venture to Cadw’s nearby medieval Bishop’s Palace for mid-afternoon tours, as well as enjoy a Choral Evensong sung by St Davids Cathedral Choir.

Laugharne Castle

Visit on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, 11:00 – 16:00

Discover the majestic ruins of the medieval Laugharne Castle for free with its age-old walls and stunning panoramic views across the town and estuary. See how this mighty stone mansion inspired the famous words of authors Dylan Thomas and Richard Hughes as you take in this impressive relic of ancient times.

Laugharne Chapel

Visit on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, various times

This 19th Century chapel will open its doors to visitors looking to explore the details between its sacred walls. An exhibition of local artifacts, photographs, and stories relating to Laugharne’s history and its inhabitants will be on display.

 

Visitors are advised to check the details of each event as ticket requirements vary at each location.

Further details, including a list of all participating locations, a complete schedule of events and ticketing information, are available at https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/whats-on/open-doors.