Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones visited Denbigh Castle to see for himself the significant level of investment and development taking place at this historic site.
As part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Strategic Capital Investment Fund, Cadw secured funding to replace the Castle’s floodlights with LED low energy lights and is extending the town wall lighting to illuminate additional elevations.
Through Cadw’s £19million Heritage Tourism Project, backed by £8.5m from the European Regional Development Fund, there will be an investment of £600,000 in a new visitor centre as well as opening up wall walks, improving interpretation and presentation at the monument and walls and improved links with the wider historic landscape of Denbigh. Much of this work will complement the work undertaken by Denbigh Town Council to develop the town’s heritage offer.
Alun Ffred Jones, Heritage Minister, said, “I congratulate Denbigh Town Council on its energy and commitment to develop the town’s heritage tourism offer as the Vale of Clwyd is all too often overlooked as a heritage destination.
“I am delighted that European funds have helped achieve this improvement to the Castle. The progress achieved to date is fantastic and testament to the Welsh Assembly Government’s commitment to the town and its unique heritage and to effective partnership working within the locality.
“Cadw’s Eco-lighting project is an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and running costs of monuments in state care and the replacement floodlighting is already delivering energy and carbon dioxide savings of around 50% over that of the previous high energy floodlighting arrangement, whilst delivering equivalent levels of illumination.
“The much needed new visitor centre will include reception facilities, ticketing point, retail and interpretation of the monument within its landscape and will also ensure that the outstanding heritage of Denbigh is more accessible and enjoyable to visit - both for visitors and people who live in Wales.”