Monday, July 25, 2011

Oystermouth Castle reopens to the public

The Welsh Castle of Oystermouth has officially re-opened earlier thsi month, after the first phase of an ambitious project to improve access to medieval fortress. On July 16th a 30ft (10m) high glass bridge was unveiled that will allow visitors into a part of the castle called Alina’s Chapel for the first time in hundreds of years. From the chapel there are spectacular views across Swansea Bay.

The reopening brought hundreds of people to the castle to share in the festivities. One visitor, Claire Jones, told the South Wales Evening Post, “It is really nice to see the castle open again. My five-year-old daughter really enjoyed herself although we were too late to get on a tour and so we will be bringing her back again.”

The Welsh Government is contributing £400,000 through Cadw and £585,000 has been provided from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Welsh Government’s £19m Heritage Tourism project. It also benefits from a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the City and County of Swansea’s own resources.

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