Cardigan Castle Unlocking the Potential
Cadw Director Marilyn Lewis, Ceredigion County Council chairman and Cadwgan trustee Cllr Mark Cole and Dr. Madeleine Harvard, HLF Committee for Wales member will marked the start of the £11m restoration works inside Cardigan Castle with a turf cutting ceremony on Friday, February 15.
Contractors Andrew Scott have won the £6m contract to restore the Regency house and gardens plus outbuildings within the castle walls. The castle will re-open in April 2014 as one of Wales' major tourist attractions.
The 900-year-old site, the birthplace of the eisteddfod in 1176, will be developed into a multi-functional facility for community and recreational use as well as for learning; including Welsh language, cultural, crafts, environmental and horticulture studies. There will be luxury accommodation for hire; a heritage centre with education facilities; a restaurant; an Eisteddfod garden an open-air concert area, as well as rooms for hire for classes.
In 2011 the £11m scheme to rescue Cardigan Castle, which was built in the 11th century, was awarded £4.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund followed by £4.3m by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government. Last year, a Communities Asset Transfer grant of nearly £800,000 was granted with financial support from The Welsh Government; CADW; Big Lottery Fund; The Association of Preservation Trusts, The Architectural Heritage Fund, Ceredigion County Council, Cardigan Town Council and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust.