Doors open to Gwynedd's architectural treasures

Date: 29/08/2017
Castell Penrhyn

A number of historical buildings, gardens, interesting and unusual locations throughout Gwynedd and Conwy will be open to the public for free this September.

As part of CADW’s 'Open Doors' scheme, more than 60 buildings across Gwynedd and Conwy will open their doors to the public on days during the month as part of an annual programme that celebrates Wales’ architectural heritage.

Properties range from churches including St Mary’s Church, Caernarfon and Capel Carmel , Aberdaron , to Cae‘r Gors Caernarfon, Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog   as well as the  Meirionnydd Records Office  and the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy.

This year the programme includes a number of sites that are associated with the Welsh Slate World heritage Nomination, including Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Porthmadog Maritime Museum and the Quarry Hospital at Llanberis

Throughout September, events and activities will also be held at locations across both counties with opportunities for local residents and visitors to get a taste of the area’s history and heritage.

More properties and events are being added all the time, and can be seen on CADW’s website at using the event finder.

Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development, said: 

“Open Doors is a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the best our two counties have to offer in architectural heritage. From historical churches and museums to gardens and castles, there is something for everyone. The programme offers a great, free day out for all the family, and really showcases the contribution that our heritage makes to the visitor experience in Conwy and Gwynedd.”

Details about some of the attractions that will be open as part of 2017 'Open Doors' have been published in a leaflet jointly produced by Gwynedd Council and Conwy County Borough Council. You can download the leaflet and find more information about Open Doors at Copies are available from heritage sites across Conwy and Gwynedd.

Cultural organisations can still register their organisation for inclusion at