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Castle wins Georgian Category in Restoration of the Year

Channel 4 programme showcases castle

Messages of congratulations have been flooding into Cardigan Castle this week after it won the Georgian category in the RICS Restoration of the Year programme on Channel 4.

The castle enjoyed a ten minute showcase on the programme with judges describing it as a “wonderful experience” and saying the transformation was “a real credit” to Cadwgan Trust.

The castle now goes forward against other category winners to battle it out for the overall Restoration of the Year title.
Presenter Kevin McCloud said that before the restoration people driving through the town had to “pass a shored up relic.”

“It has now been renewed and revitalised and a landmark rather than an eyesore.”

Cadwgan Trust chair Non Davies said: “We are really proud of what we have achieved and in gaining recognition on such a national level it is a testament to all the hard work put in by the local community and all those involved with the restoration.”

The programme also looked at the positive effect that the castle’s restoration has had on the town.

Town mayor Cllr Clive Davies – who also sits on Cadwgan Trust – said: “On behalf of the town council, I would like to congratulate Cardigan Castle on winning the Georgian category in the Channel 4 Restoration of the Year , this will hopefully encourage more people to visit Cardigan and its castle in the year ahead.”
The programme has already reaped benefits for the castle – the night of the programme the castle’s website crashed due to high demand and the following morning staff took 20 accommodation bookings.

Pic: Staff, trustees and volunteers celebrate the castle’s win in the RICS Georgian category.

People sitting in Cardigan Castle