Castle could host market courtyard after makeover
SWANSEA'S ancient castle is being brought into the modern world.
The historic attraction could soon become an ever greater part of the city centre housing market stalls and hosting events in its courtyard.
And new lighting, showing off the 900-year-old landmark, is set to be introduced, if the plans are approved by Swansea Council's cabinet on Thursday.
As part of the scheme, information boards would also let visitors know all about the castle's history, which dates back to the 12th century.
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Landscaping work is also set to take place.
Nick Bradley, council cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Working in close partnership with the Welsh Government and Cadw (the Welsh historic monuments organisation) meant we were able to open up Swansea Castle for the first time in decades, but the next phase of works being proposed will further improve the landmark and attract even more visitors.
"The castle is one of our most treasured structures and it's important we conserve it for generations to come and provide a better visitor experience. We recognise the importance of the heritage tourism market and the potential castle improvements have to enhance the look and feel of the area as a whole. This could lead to even more investment in future."
The first phase of works last year means the castle upper floors and tower building, formerly used as a prison, are now accessible. People can also reach some of the attraction's vaulted rooms.
A number of openings have taken place over the past 12 months — all of which have been fully booked.
Swansea Castle was founded around 1106. It originally consisted of earthworks and timber defences. After various unsuccessful attacks by the Welsh, the castle fell in 1217 but was restored to the English in 1220.
William de Braose built the castle that survives today at the end of the 13th century as a set of private apartments. The building has served many purposes over the centuries including a barracks and a drill hall.
Before work starts, archeologists will be on site to investigate the area.
This second scheme of work is part-funded by the Welsh Government.