Cadw translates as "to keep" or "to protect" and is the name of the organisation that was set up to look after the heritage of Wales including many of its historic buildings. If you would like to visit the castles, churches and other ancient buildings in its care then a Cadw Explorer Pass is the best way to do it. You only have to visit 2 places to save money compared to buying separate tickets.
We sell 3 types of Explorer Pass which permit entry to all locations on any 3 days within a 7 day period starting on the day the pass is first used:
Single Adult - £19.00
Two Adults - £30.00
Family - £40.00 (2 adults and all children/grandchildren under 16)
Note: children under 5 would have free entry anyway
You can buy Cadw Passes when booking a cottage or you can call our office and buy them over the phone on 01492 582 492.
A list of some of the Cadw attractions is shown below, for more information you can visit their website
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The castle on the river
Conwy Castle is easily the most spectacular of all the castles in North Wales (and cost the most to build, too!). The castle was built for Edward I by Master James of St George, and is one of the most impressive surviving medieval fortifications in Britain.Entry included in Cadw Pass“Great for Kids”“Amazing Views of Conwy”Wheelchair Accessible
Plas Mawr, which translates to “Great Hall” in English is an Elizabethan townhouse located within the walls of Conwy. Plas Mawr dates back to the 16th century, was built by the merchant Robert Wynn and completed in 1585.“entry included in Cadw pass available to buy when booking a cottage or direct from our offfice”
A World Heritage Site, Beaumaris Castle is regarded by UNESCO as one of the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in all of Europe. It is also known as the most “technically perfect” castle in Great Britain, with almost perfect symmetry in its architecture.Free entry with Cadw Pass
The Royal Castle
Probably the most famous of all the many castles in Wales, and for good reason – its sheer scale dwarfs the others, and the town walls are still remarkably intact. Tourists can walk along a small part of the walls, which offers some fantastic views over the town. Also houses the museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.Free entry with Cadw Pass
The castle on the headland
Criccieth Castle was constructed on the headland between two beaches, meaning it watches over the town from above like a sentinel. Rather a lot of the original structure is still intact, allowing visitors to see an almost complete picture of what the castle would have looked like all those centuries ago, with their imaginations filling in the gaps.Free entry with Cadw pass
Castle in the mountains
A roughly hewn edifice of stone, standing alone on a mound overlooking the surrounding countryside and mountains – this is Dolwyddelan Castle. It offers up the best of both worlds: the man-made impressiveness of this defensive installation, as well as the natural beauty of the Snowdonian peaks.Free entry with Cadw Pass, available to buy when booking your cottage or direct from our office
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A zoo featuring a diverse range of animals, and views over Colwyn Bay. Where else can you pay a visit to fantastic and fascinating animals while also enjoying glorious panoramic views over a beautiful bay?
Conwy Castle is easily the most spectacular of all the castles in North Wales (and cost the most to build, too!). The castle was built for Edward I by Master James of St George, and is one of the most impressive surviving medieval fortifications in Britain.
Built by civil engineer Thomas Telford in 1805 to carry the canal across the River Dee, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct stands at an impressive 38 metres (126 feet) high, making it the highest canal aqueduct ever built.