Abergele Castle set to welcome visitors this weekend after 30 year gap

Published date: 27 June 2014 |
Published by: Dean Jones 
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AN Abergele landmark will be open for the first time in 30 years this weekend.

Following a lengthy planning process, work around the historic gardens at Gwrych Castle is now complete and the Gwrych Castle Preservation trust will be holding an open day on Saturday.

The open day will be an opportunity for visitors to take a look at the work that has been done whilst also learning about further plans for the site.

Mark Baker, chairman of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, said: “After some early difficulties, things have progressed well and we have now revealed almost all of the garden area thanks to countless hours of hard work from a number of people.

“There will also be an archaeological dig in the gardens, which will begin shortly and run until the end of July - something which will give us a clearer indication of what was on the site previously as there is little record of this.”

The Trust hopes to carry out further works following the completion on the archaelogical dig. Plans include convering the towers of the castle into a museum area.

The open day will include a guided tour of the castle and surrounding areas. Tours cost £5 per person and will run from 12-4pm on an hourly basis.

Mr Baker said: “All proceeds from the tours will go towards the trust, and we are always looking for new volunteers to help in whatever way they can.

“Once the site is finished and the hotel is open, it is going to be one of the most beautiful and popular locations on the North Wales coastline and this would not have happened without the exceptional work of everyone involved.”

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