Visitors to Caerphilly Castle could soon be taking a boat out on its moat, after plans were unveiled to revamp the historic site.
Cadw, the Welsh Government body which has responsibility for the 13th century castle, has published a five-year ‘masterplan’ outlining £8.1 million worth of improvements.
The masterplan outlines ambitions to deliver eight strategic projects including enhanced visitor facilities, new interpretation and learning provision, themed play areas, improved venue hire and opportunities to use the moat for visitor use.
Cllr Sean Morgan, deputy leader of Caerphilly Council, said: “Caerphilly Castle is a fantastic asset to the town and to the wider county borough, so we welcome these exciting proposals which, if delivered, will further enhance the visitor experience.”
“Tourism is a key contributor to the local economy and we fully recognise the significant benefits that could result from implementation of this new masterplan.
“We commend Cadw on their bold vision to position Caerphilly Castle as one of the top historic visitor destinations in Wales and we fully support them with their aspirations.”
Despite the council’s welcome and a positive reaction from people online, it is unclear where funding for the improvements will come from.
The masterplan builds on recent attractions installed at the castle.
Last year a new dragons’ lair and interactive maze were unveiled at the site costing around £570,000 as part of Cadw’s Castles Alive campaign.