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County Museum Outbuildings

Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Tywi Gateway Trust

Grade II

Gatelodge and outbuildings at The Bishop's Park refurbished to provide exciting new visitor facilities

The Bishop’s Park in Abergwili, on the site of the former Bishop’s Palace, is now home to the County Museum. Several historic garden buildings are retained from the Georgian-landscaped park, which was developed in the early 19th century, including the Grade II-listed Gatelodge, the Bothy, the Walled Garden and outbuildings.

The Tywi Gateway Trust sought AHF grant funding and loan investment to undertake repair and refurbishment works to the Gatelodge and outbuildings. This included conservation work and fit out of the Gatelodge to create new office space, as well as new exhibition space, an activity and learning centre, a café and toilet facilities. These works formed part of a larger National Lottery Heritage Fund and Carmarthenshire Council-supported scheme to significantly improve the landscape and public facilities in the wider park.

The new facilities will help to establish the park as the gateway to the Tywi Valley and a popular tourist destination, bringing more visitors into the County Museum and providing more jobs and volunteering opportunities to the area. The revitalised park and new visitor facilities opened in 2022.

AHF Funding

Project Viability Grant - £1,450 (2015)

Endowment Fund - £100,000 (2017)

Project Development Grant - £14,284 (2021)

Image Credits

Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn/ Tywi Gateway Trust

Cliff Day – Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn/ Tywi Gateway Trust




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