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is the historic environment service of the Welsh Government.
Conservation and Protection
Many of Wales's great castle
A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble...
s and other monuments, such as bishop's palaces, historic houses, and ruined abbeys, are now in Cadw's care. Cadw does not own them but is responsible for their upkeep and for making them accessible to the public. Cadw is also responsible for listing and ensuring the preservation of historic buildings and archaeological sites.
Visitor Attractions and Membership
Cadw operates many of the attractions in its care and opens them to the public. These attractions contain tours of the monuments, exhibitions and display panels. Cadw also sells books and guidebooks to many of their properties.
Becoming a member of Cadw, called Heritage in Wales, gives the member free access to all Cadw properties for the length of the membership (annuaully or life), half price entry to all properties operated by English Heritage
English Heritage . is an executive non-departmental public body of the British Government sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport...
in England, Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government, responsible for historic monuments in Scotland.-Role:As its website states:...
in Scotland or Manx National Heritage
Manx National Heritage is the national heritage organisation for the Isle of Man. It was established in 1951 as the Manx National Trust, and its legal title is the Manx Museum and National Trust.-Overview:...
on the Isle of Man. Members also receive a pack, magazine subscription and a discount in any Cadw shops.
Notable Properties include, but are not limited to:
- Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle is a medieval building in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. There was a motte-and-bailey castle in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began replacing it with the current stone structure...
- Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle is a medieval castle that dominates the centre of the town of Caerphilly in south Wales. It is the largest castle in Wales and the second largest in Britain after Windsor Castle...
- Conwy Castle
Conwy Castle is a castle in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales.It was built between 1283 and 1289 during King Edward I's second campaign in North Wales....
- Harlech Castle
Harlech Castle, located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales, is a concentric castle, constructed atop a cliff close to the Irish Sea. Architecturally, it is particularly notable for its massive gatehouse....
- Castell Coch
Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built on the remains of a genuine 13th-century fortification. It is situated on a steep hillside high above the village of Tongwynlais, to the north of Cardiff in Wales, and is a Grade I listed building as of 28 January 1963.Designed by William...
- Blaenavon Ironworks
Blaenavon Ironworks is an industrial museum in Blaenavon in Wales. The ironworks was of crucial importance in the development of the ability to use cheap, low quality, high sulphur iron ores worldwide...
- Llanishen Reservoir
Llanishen Reservoir is a Victorian reservoir in North Cardiff in South Wales. The reservoir is one of the reservoirs constructed as part of the Taff Fawr scheme for supplying water to Cardiff and was completed in 1886...
- List of Cadw properties
- Abbeys and priories in Wales
Abbeys and priories in Wales lists abbeys, priories, friaries or other monastic religious houses in Wales.-Article layout:The list is presented alphabetically by county...
- Castles in Wales
- Historic houses in Wales
- Museums in Wales
- Conservation in the United Kingdom
This page gives an overview of the complex structure of environmental and cultural conservation in the United Kingdom.With the advent of devolved government for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and of evolving regional government for England, the responsibilities for environment and...