Cadw Guide for Disabled Visitors

We recognize the difficulties that visitors with disabilities may have when visiting our properties, and we have produced this guide which we

hope will assist disabled visitors to get the most from their visit.

The guide provides details of parking and toilet facilities, shops, visual displays and tours on tape at thirty-eight Cadw sites. The guide is best

used in conjunction with Cadw site leaflets or the Cadw Map of Wales. Guidebooks are also available for many of the sites.

Wheelchair users with assistance and those with limited mobility will be able to access parts of many of the sites. When a visitor needs to be

accompanied by a carer, the carer will be admitted free of charge to all monuments. Guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf are welcome.

Versions of this guide for specific sites are available in Braille by telephoning the above number.

Further information, help and advice is available by telephoning 029 2050 0200 or in most instances from the custodians at the monuments

(individual telephone numbers are supplied).

BEAUMARIS CASTLE

In Beaumaris, Anglesey, off the A545 Menai Bridge Road.

Tel 01248 810361

The path to the entrance rises slightly but has a firm surface. There is a wooden bridge over the moat. The grounds are laid to grass. There is

one step into the museum and exhibition, but there are steep stairs to the chapel and walls. There are information panels. Benches are provided.

Parking

There is a setting-down point close to the entrance. The public pay-and-display car park is 200m (216 yds) away. There are no designated

disabled spaces.

Toilets

Public toilets, with one Radar key toilet, are 50m (54 yds) from

the entrance.
BLAENAVON IRONWORKS

In Blaenavon off the A4043. Follow signs for Big Pit.

Tel 01495 792615

The cottages which house an exhibition have level floors, but outdoors the path surfaces are rough and the ground is uneven and sloping. The

guided tour of the site therefore may not be suitable. There are information panels.

Parking

Disabled parking is permitted within the site, but the surface is uneven. The main car park is some distance away and across the road.

Toilets

These are close to the entrance, with a ramp to a designated disabled toilet. (This is not fully adapted).
CAERLEON ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE

Caerleon is on the B4596. M4 junction 24 westbound, junction 25 eastbound. Tel 01633 422518

The site is laid to grass. The amphitheatre may be viewed from the surrounding grounds. The path into the arena is steep and leads to a narrow

wooden bridge. There is an information panel on site. Uneven ground makes the site unsuitable for those with sight difficulties.

Parking

There is a level car park adjacent to the site. There are no designated disabled spaces.

Toilets

None on site. Disabled toilet (not fully adapted) at the Roman Legionary Museum (closed on Mondays), 200m (216 yds) away.

Radar key toilet a further 200m (216 yds) away.
CAERLEON ROMAN BATHS

In Caerleon on the B4596. M4 junction 24 westbound, junction 25 eastbound. Tel 01633 422518

There is level access to the pay kiosk and shop, and along the wooden walkway from which the site and the exhibition are viewed. There are

information panels and the exhibition includes a video and an audio commentary.

Parking

In the adjacent public house car park, which is a free public car park during the day.

Toilets

The nearest toilets are 100m (108 yds) away at the Roman Legionary Museum (closed on Mondays). There is a disabled toilet here (not

fully adapted). There is a Radar key toilet a further 200m (216 yds) away.

CAERNARFON CASTLE

In the town, reached by the A4085, A487 and B4366.

Tel 01286 677617

There are twelve steps to the entrance, but inside the walls there are some level grassed areas and paths. Steps and uneven levels make the

site unsuitable for those with sight difficulties. There are exhibitions and displays in the towers, in some cases reached by spiral stairs. There are

information panels on site. The audio-visual display has an induction loop. Benches are provided.

Parking
Adjacent to the castle is a daily charge public car park with four wheelchair symbol spaces. There is a slope from the car park to the castle.

Toilets
There are steps down to the toilets on site. A National key disabled toilet is situated 50m (54 yds) from the parking spaces.
CAERPHILLY CASTLE

In the town, on the A468 from Newport or the A469 from Cardiff.

Tel 029 2088 3143

The grounds are fairly level and laid with paths, and the custodian will open the double gates for wheelchair users as the door into the pay

kiosk/shop is narrow. The wooden bridges into the middle and inner wards are steep. Benches are provided. Some of the exhibitions in the

towers are reached by spiral stairs. There are information panels and an audio tour with an induction loop.

Parking
There is a setting down point near the entrance. The pay-and-display car park at the castle has seven wheelchair symbol spaces. It is 800m

(866 yds) from the entrance. There is a short stay car park opposite the entrance, but it is on a slope and across a busy road with steep kerbs.

Toilets
A Radar key toilet is situated off the inner ward of the castle.
CARREG CENNEN CASTLE

Reached by minor roads from the A483. Situated near Trapp, south-east of Llandeilo. Tel 01558 822291

This castle is situated on a rocky hilltop and there is a steep climb to reach it. There are display panels in the ruins. An audio tour is available

from the site owner. The tea room is in the farmyard close to the car park, and is reached by an uneven track which is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Parking
The car park has a firm surface. There are no designated disabled spaces.

Toilets
These are located in the car park. One is adapted for the disabled, with ramped access.
CASTELL COCH

At Tongwynlais on the A470.

From the M4, take junction 32.

Tel 029 2081 0101

There is a steep wooden ramp to the entrance. The courtyard is cobbled. There are steps to the tearoom and shop. Most of the rooms of interest

are on the first floor, reached by stone stairs. There is an audio tour, with an induction loop. An exhibition is situated on the first floor. Benches

are provided.

Parking
The car park is close to the entrance.

Toilets
The gents’ toilet is on the ground floor with one small step. It may be used by ladies by arrangement with the custodian (it is a single cubicle). The

ladies’ toilet is at first-floor level.
CHEPSTOW CASTLE

In Chepstow, reached by the M48 or the M4.

Tel 01291 624065

The path to the entrance is firm but quite long and steep, with no level resting places. There are three steps to the ticket office and shop. Access

to the castle and part of the exhibition area is possible, by arrangement with the custodian, through the gates to the side of the entrance. Inside

the walls there are cobbled paths and the lower, middle and upper baileys all have sloping and uneven paths. There are information panels and

exhibition areas. Benches are provided.

Parking
The pay-and-display car park near the entrance has four wheelchair symbol spaces.

Toilets
The public toilets at the car park include a Radar key toilet.
CILGERRAN CASTLE

In Cilgerran, off the A478 or the A484.

Tel 01239 615007

The path to the shop/pay desk is sloping and has steps, but the path from there to the gatehouse, over a wooden bridge, is level. The castle

grounds are level with grass and firm paths. There are display panels. Benches are provided.

Parking
There is a setting-down point near the entrance. The public car park is in the village.

Toilets
The public toilets on site near the entrance are locked on Saturdays. The disabled toilet is not fully adapted. The public toilets in the car park

have a Radar key toilet.
CONWY CASTLE

In the town, on the A55 or the B5106.

Tel 01492 592358

Access to the shop, pay desk and exhibition area is good. There is a sloping path with steps from there to the castle entrance and the grounds

have varying levels and steps. There is an exhibition in one of the towers and there are information panels on site. Benches are provided.

Parking
The pay-and-display car park next to the castle is free for disabled badge holders. It has five wheelchair symbol spaces (two wide and three

standard spaces).

Toilets
The public toilets next to the shop include one Radar key toilet.

CRICCIETH CASTLE

In Criccieth on the A487.

Tel 01766522227

A ramp leads to the reception and ground-floor level exhibition area. The steps to the lower ground floor exhibition and the viewpoint can be

avoided by using a side door, by arrangement with the custodian. A steep path leads up to the castle. There are information panels. Benches

are provided.

Parking
There is a setting-down point at the entrance. The public car park is 100m (108 yds) away.

Toilets
There is a Radar key toilet on site.
CYMER ABBEY

Located 3.2km (2 miles) north-west of Dolgellau on the A470.

Tel 01341 422854

This site is laid to grass. The area within the abbey ruins is uneven and unsuitable for wheelchairs but the surrounding grounds are more level.

There are information panels.

Parking
There is limited car parking at the site.

Toilets
There are public toilets, including an adapted toilet, 400m (433 yds) away. These are provided by the National Park and are limited to seasonal opening.
DENBIGH CASTLE

In the town of Denbigh, reached by the A525, A543 or B5382.

Tel 01745 813385

A firm gravel path rises from the car park to the gatehouse and from there to the pay kiosk and exhibition. The inner ward is level and laid to

grass. There are information panels on site.

Parking
The car park is in the grounds.

Toilets
The public toilets on site are not adapted for disabled users. There is a disabled toilet in the town centre.
DENBIGH TOWN WALLS

In the town of Denbigh, reached by the A525, A543 or B5382.

Tel number of castle 01745 813385

The wall walk is steep and uneven in places with a number of steps, and is

not suitable for wheelchairs. There are information panels on the walk and in the Burgess Gate.

Parking
The car park in the castle grounds is a short distance from the beginning of the walk.

Toilets
The public toilets at the castle are not adapted for disabled users. There is a disabled toilet in the town centre.
DOLWYDDELAN CASTLE

Located 1.6 km (1 mile) west of Dolwyddelan on the A470.

Tel 01690 750366

This castle is in an elevated position and is reached by a steep, uneven path. There are information panels and an exhibition.

Parking
The car park is 200m (216 yds) from the entrance, near the farmhouse.

Toilets
The toilets at the farmhouse are not adapted for the disabled.

GROSMONT CASTLE

In Grosmont village, 16 km (10 miles) north-west of Monmouth and 14.5 km (9miles) north-east of Abergavenny on the B4347.

Tel 01981 240301

The entrance to this castle is reached from the main road by a firm path and then through a field. There is a narrow wicket gate. There are

information panels at the entrance and in the inner ward.

Parking
On-road parking in the village is unrestricted.

Toilets
There is a Radar key toilet in the village, 200m (216 yds) from the start of the path.
HARLECH CASTLE

In Harlech, on the A496.

Tel 01766 780552

This castle is in an elevated position and there are long flights of steps to the shop/pay desk and from there to the entrance. There are

information panels and an exhibition. Benches are provided.

Parking
The pay-and-display car park has three wheelchair symbol spaces.

Toilets
The public toilets near the car park do not include a disabled toilet. There are steps down to the toilets at the castle.
KIDWELLY CASTLE

In Kidwelly on the A484.

Tel 01554 890104

The path from the shop/pay desk to the gatehouse has a gradient and a rough surface. There is a wooden bridge over the moat. The inner and

outer wards of the castle are laid to grass with firm, level pathways. There is an audio tour with an induction loop. There are information panels

and an exhibition. Benches are provided.

Parking
The car park is adjacent to the castle grounds.

Toilets
A Radar key toilet is situated outside the entrance.
LAMPHEY BISHOP’S PALACE

In Lamphey on the A4139 from Pembroke to Tenby.

Tel 01646 672224

The palace grounds are laid to grass and are fairly level. The doors of the shop/pay desk are narrow and will not admit a wide wheelchair. The

side gate may be used but the path to this is uneven. There is an audio tour. Benches are provided.

Parking
The car park is opposite the entrance.

Toilets
The disabled toilet on site is not fully adapted but has a ramp.
LAUGHARNE CASTLE

In Laugharne on the A4066.

Tel 01994 427906

The path to the gatehouse has a slight gradient, but there is then level access to the pay desk and visitor centre. There is a short wooden ramp

with a non-slip surface from here into the grounds. The grounds and garden and the inner ward have firm pathways with occasional gradients,

but there is a cobbled path into the inner ward. There are information panels and an exhibition on site and benches are provided.

Parking
There is a setting-down point (with double yellow lines) outside the castle and a small parking area opposite. The public car park is 200m (216 yds) away.

Toilets
There is a disabled toilet outside the visitor centre. The custodian is the key holder.

LLANGAR CHURCH

Located 1.6km (1mile) south-west of Corwen, off the B4401.

Tel Rug Chapel 01490 412025

Access to the church is along a farm track which is quite steep and uneven.

Parking
There is limited parking in the lay-by across the road from the start of the track.

Toilets
There is a disabled toilet at Rug Chapel, 1.6km (1 mile) away.

MARGAM STONES MUSEUM

Located on the A48, M4 junction 38.

Tel 029 20 500200

The stones are displayed on two floors of a former school building. Of the twenty-six exhibits, sixteen are on the ground floor. There is an

information panel for each stone. There are two shallow steps into the adjacent restaurant.

Parking
There is a car park on site.

Toilets
There are two disabled toilets, entered by a ramp. They are not fully adapted.
MONTGOMERY CASTLE

On the hill overlooking the town.

No telephone number

The path to the outer and inner wards of the castle is uneven. There are information panels in the grounds.

Parking
There is a car park at the site.

Toilets
The nearest public toilets are in the town.
OXWICH CASTLE

Located in the village, on the A4118 to Port Eynon, on the Gower peninsula.

Tel 01792 390359

The pay desk and exhibition area have level flagstone floors and are reached by a firm path (though uneven in places). There are stairs to the

first floor exhibition. The paths in the grounds and the ruins have uneven surfaces. There are information panels.

Parking
The castle car park has a sloping grasscrete surface.

Toilets
There is a Radar key toilet on site.
PLAS MAWR

Located in Conwy, on the A55 and B5106.

Tel 01492 580167

There are steps at the front entrance, but the house can be entered by arrangement with the custodian by the side door in Crown Lane. This

leads to an internal passage which gives access to the courtyard and several rooms. There are some shallow steps and high thresholds. The

rooms upstairs are reached by spiral staircases. There are exhibition areas which include touch-screen displays, but they are not accessible to

wheelchairs. There is an audio tour with an induction loop and there are volunteer guides in the main rooms. Some seating is provided.

Parking
There is a setting-down point outside the side door, on a sloping street. There are three disabled spaces in the town square, opposite the

station, 85m (92 yds) away. The castle car park is 300m (325 yds) from the house.

Toilets
In the courtyard there is a unisex disabled toilet with wheelchair access.

RAGLAN CASTLE

Located off the A40.

Tel 01290 690228

A firm but slightly sloping path leads from the car park to the shop/pay desk. From here there is level access to the Great Gatehouse and two of

the three exhibition areas (both have one step). The Pitched Stone Court, which has a cobbled surface, may be viewed from here. Other rooms

are reached from this courtyard or by stairs. There are information panels and benches are provided.

Parking
The car park is close to the entrance.

Toilets
There are steps down to the toilets. There is no disabled toilet in the vicinity.
RHUDDLAN CASTLE

Located in the town, on the A525 and A547.

Tel 01745 590777

The grounds are level and laid to grass, but the path to the entrance has a steep gradient and a rough surface. There are information panels.

Parking
There is a car park at the castle.

Toilets
The toilets on site do not include a disabled toilet and there is none in the vicinity.
RUG CHAPEL

Located 1.6km (1 mile) north-west of Corwen on the A494.

Tel 01490 412025

There is a firm, level path with sloping access to the visitor centre and the chapel. The chapel floor is level but there are steps to the gallery. The

exhibition room is off the visitor centre.

Parking
The car park is 50m (54 yds) from the entrance.

Toilets
There are public toilets on site with one Radar key toilet.
SEGONTIUM ROMAN FORT

Located on the outskirts of Caernarfon on the A4085 to Beddgelert.

Tel 01286 675625

There are steps to the entrance and the museum. The fort is mainly laid to grass with gravel areas and some steps. There is an exhibition and

trays of Roman objects for handling are available for educational purposes.

Parking
On-street parking is possible. The setting-down point has double yellow lines.

Toilets
The public toilets have one step. The disabled toilet inside (which is not adapted) may be used by arrangement with the custodian.
SKENFRITH CASTLE

In Skenfrith, 9.6km (6 miles) north of Monmouth on the B4521.

No telephone number

There is a flight of stairs to the inner ward. There are information panels in the grounds.

Parking
Parking is allowed on the road opposite the castle.

Toilets
There are no public toilets at this site.

ST DAVIDS BISHOP’S PALACE

In St Davids near the cathedral.

Tel 01437 720517

This site is level and mainly laid to grass, with some paths, and can be viewed from the courtyard. The exhibitions, with models and information

panels, are at ground level. The shop is very small. Benches are provided.

Parking
There is a setting-down point at the entrance. Street parking is possible close by, and there is a car park 200m (216 yds) away.

Toilets
Public toilets with one Radar key toilet are situated close to the entrance.
STRATA FLORIDA

Located 2km (1.25 miles) south-east of Pontrhydfendigaid, off the B4343.

Tel 01974 831261

The grounds are laid to grass. Arrangements can be made with the custodian for wheelchair users to enter the site through the exit gate, giving

access to a firm, level path to the abbey ruins. There are information panels in the visitor centre. Benches are provided.

Parking is allowed on the road near the entrance, and there is a grass-surfaced car park 50m (54 yds) away.

Toilets

The public toilets in the car park do not include a disabled toilet.
TINTERN ABBEY

In Tintern on the A466, 8km (5 miles) north of Chepstow.

Tel 01291 689251

A plan of the abbey is given to visitors which includes a recommended route for wheelchair users. A Braille plan with an audio tour is available,

by arrangement with the custodian. The grounds at this site are laid to grass with some firm, level paths. The entrance to the shop/pay desk is

level. There are information panels and an exhibition. Benches are provided.

Parking
The abbey car park has two wheelchair symbol spaces.

Toilets
The public toilets include disabled toilets though these are not fully adapted.
TRETOWER COURT & CASTLE

In Tretower village, off the A479, 4.8km (3 miles) north-west of Crickhowell.

Tel 01874 730279

The ground floor of Tretower Court, garden and grounds have level access. The courtyard is cobbled. There are firm paths in the garden and in

the grounds although these are mainly laid to grass. Access to the castle is through a field with a wicket gate. There are information panels.

Benches are provided.

Parking
Cars may be parked in the lane opposite the entrance. There is also a car park which is laid to grass.

Toilets
The toilets on site include a Radar key toilet. There is a ramp but the toilets are reached by going through the house and over grass. The

custodian may be able to arrange alternative access.
VALLE CRUCIS ABBEY

Located 3.2km (2 miles) west of Llangollen off the A5 on the B5103.

Tel 01978 860326

The ruins are laid mostly to grass and there are firm, level paths in the grounds. There is a sloping path from the car park to the visitor centre/pay

desk. There are information panels in the abbey and the visitor centre. Benches are provided.

Parking
There is space for some cars to be parked close to the entrance.

Toilets
There are no toilets on site. The nearest disabled toilet is in Llangollen, 3.5km (5 miles) away.
WEOBLEY CASTLE

On the Gower peninsula, reached by the B4295 or the B4271.

Tel 01792 390012

Access is through a field and over an uneven path. An exhibition is reached by a flight of stairs.

Parking
The site car park has a hard surface.

Toilets
There are no public toilets at this site.

WHITE CASTLE

Near Llantilio Crossenny, reached by minor roads from the B4233.

Tel 01600 780380

The path to the castle is firm though uneven in places. There is a level wooden bridge into the outer ward. Access into the inner ward is by a

sloping cobbled path, a second wooden bridge and two steps. The inner and outer wards are laid to grass. There are information panels.

Benches are provided.

Parking
There is limited parking on site. The car park surface is firm but uneven.

Toilets
There are no public toilets at this site.

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