To celebrate 2017’s successful Open Doors programme, the Welsh Government has revealed plans to give away 25,000 free tickets for Cadw sites over the final weekend of September (23-24).

Fans of myths and legends, or just families looking for a great day out, can claim their complimentary tickets for castles, abbeys and historic homes across the country simply by registering through Cadw’s Eventbrite page.

Caernarfon, Conwy and Caerphilly Castles, which all feature in the top 10 list of most popular paid for attractions in Wales, are among the sites taking part in the initiative that aims to encourage people to explore Welsh history.

Funded and organised by the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw), Open Doors offers people living in Wales, and visitors, the chance to explore new, hidden and renowned features of the country’s culture and history.

In Wales’s Year of Legends, September has already seen more than 300 of Wales’s most iconic and unusual properties offer free entry, activities, guided tours or special events, with some unique locations opening their doors to the public for the very first time.

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “Open Doors is an excellent programme which showcases our incredible heritage and offers local people and visitors the chance to explore both our legendary sites and hidden adventures across Wales.

“Cadw is committed to making heritage more accessible so we felt it was important that Cadw sites joined the hundreds of Welsh venues that have taken part in this year’s celebration.

“It’s a great way to encourage people to explore the rich history our country has to offer and we hope to see thousands of people discovering the dramatic stories across Wales this weekend.

“Wales is famous for its unrivalled collection of historic sites which demonstrate our rich heritage and are steeped in folklore. From ancient castles constructed by famous Welsh Princes, to Roman Amphitheatres rumoured to be linked to King Arthur’s very own Camelot, there are legends abound to be explored.”

Some venues have a limited number of spaces or require advance booking.

To claim your free tickets, visit

Visit for more information about the Open Doors scheme.