Doors open to Gwynedd and Conwy's architectural treasures
A number of historical buildings, gardens, interesting and unusual locations throughout Conwy and Gwynedd will be open to the public for free this September.
As part of CADW’s 'Open Doors' scheme, more than 50 buildings across Conwy and Gwynedd will open their doors to the public as part of an annual programme that celebrates Wales’ architectural heritage.
Throughout September, events and activities will 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. This year the programme is welcoming some new additions, including Gwrych Castle in Abergele - a Grade I listed country house which replicates Medieval architecture. It stands in 250 acres of gardens and grounds and has extensive views over former parkland with a view of the Irish Sea.
There will also be an opportunity to celebrate the rich slate heritage of Gwynedd by visiting many of the sites included in the Wales Slate World Heritage Site nomination, including viewing first hand the original medical equipment from the 1800s at the Quarry Hospital, Llanberis.
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Economic Development Cabinet Member for Gwynedd Council 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. During the whole of September the programme offers great, free days out for all the family, and really showcases the contribution that our heritage makes to the visitor experience in Conwy and Gwynedd.”
Councillor Mark Baker, Conwy Council's Cabinet Member for Communities noted: “Open Doors is a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the best our two counties have to offer in architectural heritage. From historic 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 the attractions that will be open as part of 'Open Doors' have been published in a leaflet jointly produced by Conwy County Borough Council and Gwynedd Council. Copies are available from Tourist Information Centres and heritage sites across Conwy and Gwynedd.
You can download the leaflet and find more information about Open Doors at www.conwy.gov.uk/opendoors. Cultural organisation can still register their organisation for conclusion at www.cadw.gov.wales/opendoors
PHOTOGRAPH: Quarry Hospital, Llanberis