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New interactive visitor centre unveiled at Criccieth Castle

New interactive visitor centre unveiled at Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle visitor centre


The history of Criccieth Castle has come alive through brand new digital technology that will allow visitors to relive moments from the site’s turbulent and exciting past.


A new £450k visitor centre has opened to the public, featuring interactive displays including drone footage and CGI reconstruction that provide a glimpse of the castle as it was hundreds of years ago.


Criccieth Castle was built by Welsh princes Llywelyn the Great and Llywelyn the Last, refurbished by English kings and was one of the castles captured by Owain Glynd┼Ár in the last major Welsh rebellion against the English. The new experience will allow visitors to explore the story of the Princes of Gwynedd through immersive games, activities and animation.


The visitor centre features a replica medieval chamber where visitors can watch three projections, telling stories of various characters from the Llywelyn the Great’s era, each projected onto a wooden table and each controlled by visitors touching artefacts on the table.


The room has been dressed with a large wooden throne, carved by award-winning Wrexham-born sculptor Simon O’Rourke, table and banners.


Other activities in the centre include a marble run game, where visitors can learn about the dynasty of the princes of Gwynedd, and a family trail.


Guests can also enjoy spectacular views of the Welsh coast from the new decking area at the centre, which also features a gift shop and coffee bar.


To find out more about Visitor information to the castle, please go to the Cadw website, where you can also find other historical places to visit in Wales, including sample itineraries.


Published 5 June 2017

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