A number of historical buildings, gardens, interesting and unusual locations throughout Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy will be open to the public for free this September.

As part of CADW’s ‘Open Doors’ scheme, buildings across Wales will open their doors to the public as part of an annual programme that celebrates Wales’ architectural heritage.

Throughout September, events and activities will be held at locations across both counties with opportunities for local residents and visitors to get a taste of the area’s history and heritage.

This year the programme is welcoming an exciting Heritage Lottery re-development project at Penmaenmawr Museum. Opening their newly refurbished exhibition and café area, the independent museum explores the Neolithic and Bronze Age worlds of the locality and the hardship felt by the quarry workers and families in the Victorian era.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “As part of Open Doors, there will also be an opportunity to celebrate the rich slate industry heritage of Gwynedd with events at some of the most iconic sites included in the Wales Slate World Heritage Site nomination. It will also provide a rare opportunity to see one of the only slate carrying inclines in the world at work at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis.”

Councillor Mark Baker, Conwy Council’s Cabinet Member noted: “Open Doors is a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the best our two counties have to offer in architectural heritage. From historic churches and museums to gardens and castles, there is something for everyone. The programme offers a great, free day out for all the family, and really showcases the contribution that our heritage makes to the visitor experience in Conwy and Gwynedd.”

What’s on in Bangor

Penrhyn Castle

7th September 10:30am – 4:00pm
Castle open at 11:00am

Penrhyn Castle, a National Trust property, is an enormous 19th Century neo-Norman castle that sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It was built to be remembered – whether for its commanding position, the luxurious
decoration, or simply the vast principal rooms.

Bangor University

14 Medi/September
11.00am-12.00pm

The Main University Building is a striking grade 1 listed building opened in 1911. It has a rich history and impressive architectural features.
Join a guided tour of Bangor University’s Main University Building led by David Roberts on ‘Bangor’s “Lasting Monument”: the design and
history of the Main University Building’ Booking essential. Maximum 15 spaces.

Telephone: 01248 353368 or email storiel@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Storiel Museum

20 Medi/September
11.00am – 2.00pm

The museum brings together social history collections from across north Wales, with particular emphasis on Gwynedd. It has an active programme of temporary exhibitions in the museum and gallery, special events and
has a permanent display of museum collections relating to various aspects of life in Gwynedd through the ages. It also has a gift
shop selling art and crafts. Free guided Tours.

Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University

The Zoology Collection began as a teaching resource, and is still used as such today. This fascinating collection includes full skeletons, skulls, taxidermy, antlers and specimens preserved in fluids, some of which are on
display in the Museum housed in the Brambell Building. Visit the University’s Natural History Museum not usually accessible to the public and learn more about the animals on display.

Booking not necessary

28 Medi/September
11.00am-1.00pm

Details about the attractions that will be open as part of ‘Open Doors’ have been published in a leaflet jointly produced by Conwy County Borough Council and Gwynedd Council. Copies are available from Tourist Information Centres and heritage sites across Conwy and Gwynedd.

You can download the leaflet and find more information about Open Doors in the PDF Brouchre: CLICK HERE

Or visit the CADW Website here:

https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/whats-on/find-a-cadw-event