A MAGIC tour bus, jesters, 19th century warfare and traditional Welsh music are just some of the activities on offer at north Wales castles.

Cadw is celebrating World Heritage Day (Thursday, April 18) by hosting a series of events at Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech castles.

Officially titled the 'Castles and Town Walls of Kind Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site,' these epic architectural marvels, paired with the medieval town walls at Conwy and Caernarfon, collectively form a UNESCO World Heritage status.

The four castles will offer a range of unique experiences and activities as part of World Heritage Day celebrations taking place all over the world.

The events provide an opportunity to learn more about the internationally-recognised site and to appreciate the special significance of the fortresses and communities that surround them.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “These exciting and unique events across these iconic castles are just part of a range of celebrations taking place during Wales’s Year of Discovery to promote some of our most important cultural assets.

“We want to inspire locals and visitors alike to learn more about the history of the World Heritage Site and the stories associated with it.”

Cadw is also set to release new resources later this month to help people learn more about the castles’ history and their joint World Heritage Site Status.

They include a World Heritage Castles of Wales introductory leaflet, as well as a humorous video which shows locals and tourists having their UNESCO World Heritage Site knowledge tested.

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Some of the events taking place as part of World Heritage Day celebrations include:

World Heritage Day Celebrations at 11am–4pm, at Harlech Castle, on Thursday, April 18.

Visitors can jump aboard the magic tour bus for a journey through the history of Harlech Castle.

At Beaumaris Castle, from 10-5pm, on Thursday, April 18, there wil be a celebration of World Heritage Day with music and fun for visitors of all ages.

There will be traditional Welsh music played throughout the day in the recently refurbished chapel. Jester workshops will be available for children and guided tours are available.

At Caernarfon Castle, from 11am–4pm, on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of 19th century warfare, as the 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers Regiment of Foot marches into the medieval fortress and set up camp.

At Conwy Castle, from 11am - 3pm, on Thursday, April 18, there is a guided castle tour.

For further information on the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site see the full events programme for World Heritage day, please visit cadw.gov.wales/events.