As part of our commitment to conserve Wales’s historic environment to the best possible standard, Cadw gives grants to owners for repairing outstanding historic buildings and for conserving ancient monuments.
To help people understand and care about their place and history, we want everyone to be able to share in our rich heritage – even if places are not generally open to visitors. Therefore, normally it is a condition of grant that the owner or occupier should allow members of the public to see the property during the 10-year period after the first grant payment. Some – such as National Trust properties – are open as a matter of course. Further details about National Trust properties are available on the Trust’s website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
You can arrange to see historic buildings which have been grant-aided by Cadw by appointment or on certain days of the year arranged by the owner. Some owners may charge for access to their property. This is a discretionary matter and Cadw has no involvement in these arrangements.
To find out which buildings can be visited, please see the booklet Public Access to Cadw-aided Buildings. This booklet is updated on a quarterly basis and lists the sites and buildings that received Cadw grant and gives contact details for arranging a visit. If you have any trouble contacting the owner or occupier, please contact Cadw on 01443 336 061.
If you are interested in visiting properties that are not usually open to the public or open free of charge, look out for the Civic Trust for Wales’s details of European Heritage Days or ‘Open Doors’ days, when many Cadw-aided properties are open, as well as some of the monuments in its care . In Wales, ‘Open Doors’ is usually held over three weekends in September – see the Civic Trust for Wales’s website for details:http://opendoorsdays.org.uk/ http://opendoorsdays.org.uk