Caernarfon Castle welcomes 40,000 visitors in two weeks to Poppies:Weeping Window

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James Wilde

Caernarfon Castle have welcomed nearly 40,000 in two weeks to see Poppies: Weeping Window.

The monumental artwork by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper officially opened to the public at Caernarfon Castle on October 11 following a special launch event on October 10.

Economy and infrastructure secretary, Ken Skates said: “That Caernarfon Castle has been able to host Weeping Window marks a significant cultural moment for the people of Wales and I am touched by how many people have been able to embrace it so far.

“This installation is a poignant commemoration to the First World War centenary and my thanks go out to all the dedicated staff and volunteers on the ground who have worked so hard to enable Poppies: Weeping Window to be here.”

In addition to welcoming each visitor and engaging with them to help them get the most from their stay, staff and volunteers have also spent hours listening to and talking with many visitors about their own reasons for coming and what the installation means to them, including hearing heartfelt and often moving personal stories and accounts.

Poppies: Weeping Window will be open to the public daily until November 20. Morning and afternoon advance tickets are available for free online via Cadw’s Eventbrite, while an extra 1,000 people will be granted access on the door each day.

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