It is an exciting time for Caernarfon Castle as after years of planning, Cadw has begun one of its most complex and largest projects there. The King’s Gate, the castle’s main entrance, will be transformed into an accessible visitor centre which will include a lift allowing your clients to access a new rooftop deck, crowning the upper level of the gatehouse.

For now, your clients will need to access the castle temporarily through the historic Watergate at the base of the Eagle Tower, where there will be a bespoke ticket office and shop. There will be a temporary café offer and retail facility whilst the work is taking place. The project should be complete within two years.

The Kings Gate proposals include:

  • The first ever level access in any similar UK World Heritage site through a lightweight glazed lift to the upper embattlements.
  • Developing imaginative, interactive and immersive experiences.
  • An unique snack and light refreshment space within the tower.
  • Significant conservation works to the gate.
  • Educational and event space.
  • Accessible toilet facilities.
  • Increased and improved retail space within the King’s Gate Tower area.

The Porth Mawr gatehouse will also see new lift and stair access to the Town Walls, two new luxury apartments and significant conservation works to the walled town entrance.

Caernarfon Castle was built by Edward I in 1283 and the current Prince of Wales’ Investiture was held here in 1969. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Edward I’s other castles in North Wales - Conwy Castle, Harlech Castle and Beaumaris Castle.

Cadw also has a new tour operator scheme with an on-line booking platform and member benefits (CTOS).

Exterior artist impression of new accessible visitor centre at Caernarfon Castle.

Published 3 December 2020

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