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Explore the past


Explore Wales through its castles, monuments and historic buildings.


Explore the past and immerse yourself in the epic myths, legends and Welsh heritage, in the land of the castles, with free, family entry to Cadw.

Save up to £31 on family days out at Cadw's top sites

With your CSSC membership get free family entry into participating Cadw sites and explore ancient monuments and some of the world's best castles, chapels and neolithic sites. Members can take one other adult and a maximum of 3 children (under 16) with them.

If you’re not yet a member, join CSSC today for this and hundreds more benefits and savings.

Family sitting on a blanket on the grass in the sun looking at Tintern Abbey
About Cadw

Cadw manages 130 historic properties on behalf of the Welsh Government, including world heritage sites. They tell the story of Wales through its castles, monuments, abbeys, churches and historic buildings. From Caernarfon and Criccieth Castell to Caerphilly castle and Tintern Abbey, welsh history is bought to life through its landscapes, townscapes, countryside and people. 

Waterfall in Wales
More about Wales

Wales boasts more castles per square meter than any other country in the world. And no trip to Wales is complete without experiencing a warm Welsh welcome at any one of their fabulous heritage sites.

From the peaks of Snowdonia in North Wales to the world famous Welsh valleys, beaches and cityscapes in South Wales, the renowned Welsh heritage stretches as far as the eye can see. 

Castel Dolbadarn
Cadw sites

Explore the list of participating Cadw sites. 

Your Cadw membership is the perfect accompaniment on your tour of Wales. Whether you live there or just visiting for the day, Wales offers the most stunning list of heritage buildings, sites and national treasures to discover, explore and build happy memories.   

Explore the sites

Booking tickets and useful information

CSSC members can visit Cadw sites by presenting their CSSC membership card upon arrival at all sites.

To visit all you need to do is show your CSSC membership card on the gate, alongside a valid photo ID. There may be limited internet coverage at the entry point, so tap on your digicard before setting off. It will stay live on your phone for three days.

The is also the option to book tickets in advance for most Cadw sites. This will mean you won’t need to queue at busier times.

To book your tickets visit the Cadw website, search the site you want to visit and book your tickets.

Members need to book their trips at least 24 hours in advance and arrive during a designated time slot.

Tickets will be available for either morning or afternoon slots for each monument, site or attraction. Morning sessions are 10am-1pm and the afternoon sessions are 2pm-5pm.

Be prepared to show your CSSC membership card on the gate alongside your pre-booked tickets and a valid photo ID.

To book your free tickets as a CSSC member, visit the Cadw website and follow the below guidance:

  • Choose the site you wish to visit under ‘location’ and select the date range you wish to visit during and press submit. 
  • Select the site and click 'Book Tickets'.
  • Choose the date and time of your visit.
  • Choose ticket type ‘CSSC Card Holder Adult- free’ for yourself and one accompanying adult guest. Select ‘CSSC Card Holder Child- Free’ for up to three accompanying children.
  • Select ‘Add all tickets to basket’ and proceed through the check out.
  • To reserve your free tickets you will need to create an account and agree to Cadw’s terms and conditions, including their Test and Trace GDPR privacy policy.
  • Place your order and you’ll receive a confirmation email, followed by your tickets, which will contain QR codes for each visitor. If you do not receive your tickets, please check your junk / spam folder.
  • To gain entry to the site you will need to show your tickets when you arrive, either as a print out or on your mobile device.
  • You will also need to show your digital CSSC membership card, alongside your pre-booked tickets to gain entry. There may be limited internet coverage at the entry point, so tap on your digicard before setting off. It will stay live on your phone for three days.
  • Please check the Cadw website ahead of your visit to ensure sites are open and to check the most up-to-date information on safety measures and parking.

This offer does not include special event days where Cadw may charge an additional fee.

The following Cadw sites are excluded from this offer:

  • Carreg Cennen Castle - South Wales in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Weobley Castle - South Wales in the Gower AONB
  • Dolwyddelan Castle - North Wales in the Snowdonia national park
  • Margam Stones Museum - South Wales between Swansea and Cardiff
  • Chirk Castle - Mid Wales on the English/Welsh boarder


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