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Cardigan Castle Opens Doors To Public After £12m Restoration

May 14, 2015 Destination Europe No Comments Print Print Email Email

Cardigan Castle, famed as the birthplace of the National Eisteddfod, has been transformed from a 900-year-old site into a modern heritage attraction, complete with luxury accommodation, riverside restaurant and a summer events programme.


After four years of restoration work, including the repair of the Georgian house’s decaying roof and Regency style pathways, landscaping of the historic grounds and reconstruction of the Castle’s crumbling medieval walls, the site opens to paying customers for the very first time today.

3 permanent exhibitions tell the story of the Castle and its history:

  • ‘The Eisteddfod Exhibition’, the world’s first permanent chronicle of the Welsh Cultural event.
  • ‘The Barbara Wood Exhibition’, paying homage to the last private owner of Cardigan Castle
  • ‘The Cardigan Castle Story’, an audiovisual display, narrated by Welsh actor and Hollywood star Matthew Rhys, which takes visitors from the Castle’s origins to present day.

An official opening concert is taking place on 25 July headlined by eight-time Folk Award winning band Bellowhead with support from Wales’ own 9Bach.

Find out more about Cardigan Castle.

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