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New Children’s Explorer Passport

14 July 2015

Wales’ heritage bodies team up for summer campaign

Thinking about getting out and about this summer? Turn off the TV and head outside to explore the wonderful treasures of Wales. Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, National Trust Wales and the National Library of Wales have teamed up to offer an exciting children’s passport to explore museums, castles, historic houses and gardens, and the National Library of Wales this summer.

Supported by Visit Wales, the campaign which starts this week (15 July 2015) aims to encourage families resident in Wales to get out and about this summer to visit as many heritage attractions as possible. The special passport, aimed at children aged 6 – 11 years old, has 6 adventures around Wales. Each adventure is in a different part of Wales with exciting places to visit that are a mix of museums, castles and historic houses.

Conquer the castles or find a hidden abbey in north east Wales. Experience the sights and sounds underground at Big Pit National Coal Museum and see how the Romans used to spend their leisure time in south east Wales. In the Cardiff area, come face to face with dinosaurs in National Museum Cardiff or become a nature explorer at Tredegar House and St Fagans National History Museum. Visit the farm at Llanerchaeron or discover exhibitions in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth in mid Wales. There’s plenty to do in south west Wales too, like play hide and seek in the huge Dinefwr parkland or pretending to be Welsh warrior princess at historic Kidwelly Castle!

The 36 page A6 passport booklet is available for families to pick up at all 24 attractions featured in the campaign. Families will need to visit an attraction to pick up a passport. Visitors to at least four sites can take part in a competition by collecting stickers as they go around and post an entry form to win 1 of 20 Explorer Activity Kits.

Heart FM in south Wales have also joined up with the campaign to offer exciting prizes which include a chance to win a GoPro camera and a night in a top Welsh hotel.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates said:

“Wales has a wealth of treasures to discover. We want families to enjoy and discover the many wonderful heritage attractions that exist in Wales. What are you waiting for? Explore the treasures of Wales and pick up your free fun passport for all families to enjoy this summer.”

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven museums across Wales National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Entry to all Amgueddfa Cymru museums is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Government.

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For more information, please contact Lleucu Cooke, Communications Officer, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales on 029 2057 3175 or e-mail:

National Library of Wales

Entry to the National Library of Wales is free

The National Trust

The National Trust was founded in 1895 to care for places of historic interest or natural beauty. In Wales it cares for more than 45,000 hectares of countryside, 157 miles of coastline as well as some of the finest castles and gardens. The Trust is the largest conservation organisation in Europe, supported by more than 4 million members, more than 120,000 of whom live in Wales. As a charity it relies on membership subscriptions, gifts and other voluntary support to meet its £148 million annual conservation and maintenance costs. The Trust’s properties have unique legal protection “inalienability” – they cannot ever be sold or mortgaged without permission of Parliament.