A historic Welsh medieval fortified manor house has been brought back into public use after 13 months of conservation work. 

Tretower Court and Castle near Crickhowell in Powys has undergone extensive conservation work, with a focus on repairing the site’s Grade II listed barn — thereby safeguarding the monument for future generations.

Having stood since 1100, the court and castle also now features audio-visual interpretation techniques to tell the story of all who treaded its floors before Cadw restored them — from Welsh Princes and Norman invaders, to dignitaries of the Wars of the Roses and the Vaughan family, right through to 20th century campaigners who helped to save the buildings from ruin and decay.

Including an 18-stop audio tour detailing the site’s tumultuous past and new panels explaining the history of the restored barn, the site’s new interpretation invites visitors to experience the monument as they never have before.

The National Wales: Y Bwyty Bach restaurant on site at Tretower Court and Castle near Crickhowell in PowysY Bwyty Bach restaurant on site at Tretower Court and Castle near Crickhowell in Powys

The site is also home to local wildlife, including a wide variety of bats, such as the greater horseshoe, lesser horseshoe, brown long ear and the common & soprano pipistrell of endangered bats in the barn’s roof. 

Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, said: “I hope the development and conservation work at Tretower Court — particularly the new, interpretation works — will encourage more visitors to discover the local history and culture on offer here in Crickhowell.

“Conservation works such as this are vital for the protection of our monuments across Wales, ensuring these historically significant sites are protected for the benefit of future generations.”

Gwilym Hughes, Head of Cadw, said: “Tretower Court and Castle welcomed dignitaries and poets throughout the medieval period, and now that the conservation and development works are complete at the monument, we look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to discover the site’s remarkable history.