Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity is pleased to announce that from April 1st 2009, Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government’s historic environment service, will be welcoming dogs on leads at a number of its historic sites across Wales.
Following enquiries from the charity’s supporters, Dogs Trust contacted Cadw to suggest a flexible policy that mirrors the model adopted by other heritage sites in England and Scotland, and advised on requirements for dogs at the 17 Cadw sites which will be allowing canine access from April this year.
The 17 sites which have been chosen are Blaenavon Ironworks, Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, Caerphilly Castle, Raglan Castle and Caerwent Roman Town in south-east Wales; Oxwich Castle, Cilgerran Castle, Lamphey Bishop’s Palace and St Davids Bishop’s Palace in south-west Wales; Strata Florida Abbey in mid Wales; Denbigh Castle, Basingwerk Abbey, Ewloe Castle, Rhuddlan Castle and Valle Crucis Abbey in north-east Wales and Castell y Bere and Dolbadarn Castle in north-west Wales.
Before setting off on a heritage-packed day trip with a dog it is advised to first check Cadw’s website (www.cadw.wales.gov.uk). Assistance dogs and their owners have access to all Cadw monuments without restriction. However, some areas such as spiral staircases, castle wallwalks and exhibition areas will be out of bounds for the safety of four and two legged visitors.
Dogs must be kept on a lead and under close control at all times. At participating Cadw staffed sites custodians will also provide, on request, a bowl of water to keep your dog hydrated. Owners will be expected to keep dogs on a lead and under close control at all times. Owners will also be expected to clean up after their dog and poop bags will be provided at the staffed monuments listed.
Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, added, “Dogs Trust is delighted by the introduction of 17 dog-friendly Cadw sites around the country. This is fantastic news for our supporters and for all dog owners, who will now be able to enjoy Cadw’s wonderful heritage attractions along with their four-legged friends. We look forward to even more Cadw attractions opening their doors to dogs in the future.”
Marilyn Lewis, Director of Cadw, said, “Dogs are great companions and often integral members of the family. From April 2009 there is no reason why they should be left out when planning to explore Cadw’s fascinating heritage sites across Wales.
“From castles to abbeys we hope allowing dogs on leads to a selection of Wales’s finest historic sites will increase everyone, including pets’ enjoyment. A new detailed leaflet outlining our new dog-friendly policy will also soon be available. In the meantime, Cadw’s website details those sites which will welcome dogs from April onwards.”