Cadw has announced that Castell Caerffili is to receive a £5m makeover.
The funding will see the 13th-century castle benefit from an extensive programme of conservation, site access improvements, and a complete overhaul of site interpretation.
The funding forms part of a wider £9.5m investment into Cymru's historic sites,
The project will see the installation of a brand new visitor centre to provide ticketing, catering, and toilet facilities for visitors—including a new space for use by educational groups—and updates to the existing shop.
The works will also include a dramatic makeover of Caerffii's medieval Great Hall― a space which has played host to events that shaped history. Originally built in the late 13th century, the Great Hall will be redecorated to "invoke the splendour of its medieval heyday".
At the heart of the project is the plan to install new interpretation throughout the castle― to help visitors explore and understand the complex story of Cymru's largest castle, and the men and women who built and lived within it.
Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, said: “Here in Wales, our proud national heritage plays a hugely significant role in our cultural offer for local communities― and it’s one of the foundation stones of our tourism economy.
“As we pull together as a country to recover from the impact of the pandemic, it’s vital that we continue to invest in sites like Caerphilly Castle. I’m confident that Cadw’s project will not only help to amplify this majestic monument’s position as a top-class attraction ― but will also help to boost tourism and cement Wales’ ongoing recovery from the pandemic.”
Dr Kate Roberts, Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Cadw, said: “Caerphilly Castle is one of the great castles of medieval Europe. Our project will both conserve the castle and help to bring its fascinating story to life."