1. ITV Report

'Epic' new attractions at Wales's biggest castle

Credit: Karl McCarthy

Two new family attractions - Gilbert's Maze and the Dragons' Lair - will today be unveiled at Caerphilly Castle, marking the completion of a project aiming to transform the site into a major UK tourist destination.

Designed as part of Cadw's Castles Alive! campaign, the new attractions are part of a wider £9.5m Welsh Government investment over the next three years, which intends to enhance the visitor experience at historic sites across Wales.

The new attractions include:

  • An interactive maze, designed by the creatives behind attractions at The London Dungeon, Warwick Castle and Madame Tussauds
  • A Dragons' Lair with audio-visual effects.

After months of restoration and training a team in medieval warfare, visitors can soon expect to see shows where 12th century-inspired Siege Engines will catapult ammunition above the castle grounds, travelling 150ft across the s medieval backdrop into the surrounding moat.

The unveiling of Gilberts' Maze and the Dragons' Lair at Caerphilly Castle marks a brilliant new chapter in our efforts to bring new experiences and interpretation to Wales's historic monuments - and where better to start than at Wales's biggest castle, Caerphilly?...

...Paying visitors to Cadw sites have risen dramatically in recent years, with an increase of almost 20% between 2016 and 2017 alone - largely thanks to crowds who flocked to meet the famous Cadw Dragon family.

We hope that the new attractions launched at Caerphilly Castle today will go a long way towards improving the tourism offer of The Valleys and we're delighted that families will have the chance to enjoy our new attractions during the last couple of weeks of the school holidays - and for years to come.

– Lord Elis-Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport