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Wale’s largest castle set to get a new exhibition

Marcon are delighted to be appointed to deliver the exhibition fit out within Wales largest castle – Caerphilly Castle.

The new exhibition is expected to complete in summer 2024.  It is the first phase of a £10M regeneration project, undertaken by Cadw’s, to improve the 13th century Grade I listed castle.

Caerphilly Castle is Wales’ largest castle and the second largest castle in the UK. It is a 13th century medieval fortification located in the centre of Caerphilly and has a double moat system.

Caerphilly Castle is one of Wales’ most impressive historical landmarks with a rich past.  It has seen many sieges and battles and played an important role in the downfall of King Edward II.

The exhibition areas will include interactive exhibits, featuring set works with integrated graphics and digital and audio-visual media.  It will detail the power struggles, betrayals, intrigues, and liaisons of the people who built the castle, who fought over it, and lived in it through the ages.

In the Great Hall, the largest of its date in the UK, the space will be redecorated to reflect how it might have appeared in its medieval heyday. Using a combination of replica furniture, wall hangings and brightly painted wood paneling, along with digital enhancements, visitors will be transported back to the 1320s when the Great Hall hosted a mighty feast.

We’re looking forward to bringing our expertise and high-quality workmanship to this impressive historical landmark.

During the works the Great Hall, central courtyard and some ground floor areas of the inner ward will be closed to visitors. Upper floors and wall walks will be open as much as possible.

Gwilym Hughes, Head of Cadw, said: “We look forward to offering exciting new facilities and interpretation for our visitors to enjoy once works are completed, and we’re delighted that this project will safeguard the site for future generations.”

Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts & Sport at Caerphilly Council said: ‘Caerphilly is already renowned as the home of Wales’ largest fortress, and following these conservation and development works, I have no doubt that this magnificent site will become a world-class heritage destination.

Caerphilly Castle