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'Finishing post in sight' for revamped Cardigan Castle

The Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust says the next few months will be an "incredibly intense" time for Cardigan Castle during the final phase of its £12m restoration project.

The castle is set to reopen its doors to visitors in April.

It's been a long time coming but the finishing post is nearly in sight. We have worked so long and so hard for this. The castle will really put Cardigan on the map.

– Jann Tucker, Chair of the Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust
Extensive restoration work has been underway at Cardigan Castle since 2011. Credit: Equinox Communications

The trust has received more than £6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £4.3m from the European Regional Development Fund to restore the Grade I listed building.

Further funding has come from a Communities Asset Transfer grant with support from the Welsh Government, Cadw, Big Lottery Fund, The UK Association of Preservation Trusts, The Architectural Heritage Fund, Ceredigion County Council, Cardigan Town Council and The Prince's Regeneration Trust, and community fundraising.

Cardigan Castle to reopen in Spring after £12m revamp

Cardigan Castle will re-open its doors this Spring following a four-year £12m restoration project, it has been announced.

The 900-year-old site is due to reopen in April as a heritage attraction and leisure and events venue.

A view of Cardigan Castle from the River Teifi. Credit: Louise Noakes

Its overhaul follows more than a decade of lobbying and fundraising, led by the Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust and volunteers.

It is hoped the newly-revamped castle will attract at least 33,000 visitors in its first year of reopening, as well as boosting the local economy.

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Cardigan Castle renovation takes 'big step forward'

An eleven million pound project to renovate Cardigan Castle took a big step forward today. Work began to remove metal structures which have held the castle walls up for almost four decades.

For many locals they've been an eyesore on the 900-year-old site which was the birthplace of the Eisteddfod. The aim is to turn the castle into a community and education centre.

Work to remove Cardigan Castle stanchions underway

Work to remove the first stanchion is already underway Credit: Castell Aberteifi

Work to remove the first of the stanchions supporting Cardigan Castle has begun.

They were erected in 1975 as a temporary support for the wall but have stayed in place since then. Organisers say that the stanchions coming down mark "the significant changes" happening at the castle.

£11m is being spent developing the 900-year-old site into a multi-functional facility for community and recreational use as well as for learning, including Welsh language, cultural, crafts, environmental and horticulture studies. It will reopen in April next year.

First stanchion finally removed at Cardigan Castle

The stanchions were erected in 1975 as a temporary support measure Credit: ITV News

Cardigan Castle is having the first large stanchion removed after nearly 40 years.

They were erected in 1975 as a temporary support for the wall but have stayed in place since then. Organisers say that the stanchions coming down mark "the significant changes" happening at the castle.

£11m is being spent developing the 900-year-old site into a multi-functional facility for community and recreational use as well as for learning, including Welsh language, cultural, crafts, environmental and horticulture studies. It will reopen in April next year.

To see pictures of how the new site will look click here.

Work has yet to properly start on Cardigan Castle. Credit: ITV News

The Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust, which has campaigned for 14 years to save the site still needs to raise £150,000 by the end of 2014 to secure the project.

The castle is among a handful of remaining stone castles built by Welsh princes. The gardens were laid out in the early 19th century and are on Cadw’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. They include a number of rare specimen trees and endangered species of bat.

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New life for Cardigan Castle

£743,345 has been given to breathe new life into Cardigan Castle, which has been run-down in recent years. The money will be spent on exhibitions, shops, a restaurant and education activities.

Cardigan Castle has fallen into disrepair recently Credit: ITV News Wales

It's the last piece of funding for an £11 million refurbishment of the castle. Jann Tucker, chair of Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust, said: “This award fires the starting gun for what will be the most important development in the town for centuries. It is great news for the castle and the town."