A new bridge has been installed at Harlech Castle which will allow visitors to enter the site through the original historic entrance for the first time in more than 600 years.
The spectacular ‘floating’ bridge has be craned into place creating a link from the terrace area directly into the Castle gatehouse at the World Heritage Site.
The work has been funded through the Heritage Tourism Project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and led by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.
As well as the installation of the bridge, the £5.8m project also is seeing the transformation of the former Harlech Castle hotel and car park.
The ground floor of the former hotel will act as a brand new visitor centre including an audio-visual experience, retail area and a tearoom.
The first and second floors of the hotel will be refurbished into five 5 star apartments in a bid which will provide much needed high class accommodation for the town and surrounding area.
Throughout the project, Cadw has worked with members of the public, nearby tourist attraction providers and local businesses. The project is due for completion in March 2015.
The Heritage Tourism Project, which launched in 2009, has supported more than 40 historic sites across Wales, working in partnership with various heritage bodies to deliver improvements to interpretation, physical access and even involving the local arts communities in bringing the sites to life for visitors.
The aim of HTP is to increase the number, length and value of visits to heritage sites in Wales, opening up Wales’s heritage to a wider audience by making it more enjoyable both for visitors and residents.