Oystermouth Castle is the latest attraction to receive funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s £19m Heritage Tourism project, which is backed with £8.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Just under £1m will fund a comprehensive programme designed to improve access to the site and its appeal to visitors.
The aim is to create a first-class heritage attraction, increase community connections within Mumbles and Swansea and act as a gateway to the castles of Gower. This work will also assure the long-term sustainability
of the castle.
The funds will be spent on improving long-term accessibility to the castle, enabling everyone to easily visit and enjoy the site. To encourage more people to visit the castle there are also plans to launch an events
programme. A castle community co-ordinator will be appointed to manage a wide range of events, engage with community groups and ensure that Oystermouth plays a full role in the city. And finally, Alina’s Chapel will be developed into a multi-functional space. The castle currently receives
5,000 visitors a year and the ambitious target is to increase this to
25,000 a year by 2014.
Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones said: “I welcome this funding
to support the development of Oystermouth Castle in South Wales.
Tourism is an important part of our economy and this project will
make a positive contribution to attracting visitors to Swansea.
“The project also aims to ensure the castle is accessible and relevant
to the people of Swansea. It is vital that historic monuments retain an important role in their communities and I fully support Cadw’s hard
work in following this principle in their work.”
The Welsh Assembly Government, through Cadw, is providing £400,000
and £585,000 has been provided through the ERDF.
For more information please contact Matthew Pritchard on 029 20898980 or David Morley on 029 20898931.