THE reopening of indoor attractions across Wales means museum and castles can once again welcome visitors.

Heritage bodies Cadw, National Trust Cymru and the National Museum Wales are opening the doors of some of Wales' most popular attractions this week - including castles, country homes and museums.

All indoor spaces will re-open with strict social distancing measures in place to ensure a safe visitor experience and visitors will require pre-booked tickets.

While outdoor areas at many Cadw sites started to re-open to visitors from the end of March, from today (May 17) the heritage service will re-open indoor areas of historic sites that have already welcomed the return of visitors, while Conwy’s Plas Mawr Elizabethan Townhouse will open for the first time this year.

The fairytale castle, Castell Coch, north of Cardiff will also re-open for the first time in the coming weeks.

What's opening when?

From Wednesday, May 19 Amgueddfa Cymru - Museums Wales will be re-opening indoor spaces at three sites under its care, including St Fagans National Museum of History, National Museum Cardiff, and National Waterfront Museum Swansea. These sites will be open for visits between Wednesday and Sunday each week.

Big Pit National Coal Museum, in Blaenavon, will re-open on Thursday May 20 for visits between Thursday to Sunday every week.

The indoors of National Slate Museum, Llanberis will reopen on Thursday May 20 and will be open every Thursday to Monday in May and will revert to Wednesday to Sunday opening from June onwards.

The National Wool Museum and National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon will also re-open on Thursday May 20.

Visitors will need to pre-book tickets in advance of any museum visit by visiting, and must adhere to strict social distancing regulations, one way systems and enhanced hygiene regimes at all times.

World Heritage Site, Caernarfon Castle, will be open for indoor visitors from Saturday, May 22.

At Caernarfon Castle, there is significant conservation work happening at the Kings Gate to improve long term access to site. All visitors will receive a complementary guidebook, to compensate for any disruption. Access to the castle will be through the grand Eagle Tower, rather than the site’s main King’s Gate entrance, which is currently out-of-access. Disabled access can be arranged at the time of booking.

To gain entry to all staffed Cadw sites, general visitors and Cadw members alike will need to reserve their time-allotted tickets at least 24 hours in advance of their visit, with tickets available now on the Cadw website.