St David's Day is an opportunity to celebrate Welsh heritage, and comes along at the same time as the blooming of the national emblem, the daffodil. Photo Stock.xchng
Museums in Wales are marking the patron saint’s day with events and free entry.
St David’s Day, on March 1, will see an assortment of Cadw historical properties open to the public free of charge. (Cadw is the Welsh Assembly’s historic environment service). Many do not open before Easter, but there is a long list of 19 castles and more, across the country that will be participating in the special day.
Caernarfon Castle is a flagship Welsh monument - why not take in some of the country's heritage to celebrate St David's Day? © Cadw
Open for free on March 1 will be:
Beaumaris Castle, Caerleon Roman Fortress, Caernarfon Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Carreg Cennen Castle, Castell Coch, Chepstow Castle, Cilgerran Castle, Conwy Castle, Criccieth Castle, Dolwyddelan Castle, Harlech Castle, Lamphey Bishop's Palace, Margam Stones Museum, Raglan Castle, St Davids Bishop's Palace, Tintern Abbey, Tretower Court and Castle, and Weobley Castle.
“Visiting one of the Cadw sites will give a fascinating insight into a piece of our past, and what better way to celebrate St David’s Day?” said Welsh Heritage Minister, Rhodri Glyn Thomas. “We hope many more people will take this opportunity to visit a site in Cadw’s care and appreciate for themselves the magnificence of Wales's historic environment.”
There are 97 monuments in Cadw’s care that are free to visit all year round – see the Cadw website to find a place to visit.
Let's hope the sky is blue outside the National Waterfront Museum for the party. Photo © James Brittain
The National Waterfront Museum is making a big noise about the day with a street party – and everyone’s invited.
The day will see Welsh music, a male voice choir, local Welsh produce, craft activities and dance performances by Welsh company Dynion take over the street outside the museum. Living history characters will also be helping to bring Welsh heritage alive.
The museum is encouraging people to get there early by offering Welsh cakes and drinks to the first 100 revellers to turn up! Visitors can also take part in a competition to name chicks that start their incubation on March 1, ready for Easter.
“The fun begins at noon until 4pm and we hope people will turn up in their Welsh jerseys or costumes,” said a Waterfront Museum spokesperson.