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A RECORD number of tourists visited Harlech Castle last month to see Cadw's giant Welsh dragon.

Dwynwen the dragon drew in the highest number of visitors on record on her first day at the medieval fortress on Tuesday, August 8. And since her two younglings Dewi and Cariad joined her at Harlech the following week, more than 10,500 visitors have flocked to the castle to catch a glimpse of the dragons - an increase of more than five per cent from last year, according to Cadw.

Dylan, a water dragon that can be seen squirting water from his mouth, and Cariad, who invites visitors to come and give her a warm Welsh "cwtch" can now be seen at Conwy Castle.

They will be on display there until Sunday, September 17.

Dwynwen, the mythical monster who was named after Wales's saint of lovers, will then take her babies over to Caernarfon on September 19, for a four-week stint.

"For the period of the dragon tour at Harlech from August 8 to August 14 compared against similar dates last year, there has been an increase of 5.3 per cent in visitor numbers," a Cadw spokesman said.

"More impressively, the first day the dragons were there was the best day the castle has had on record in terms of visitor figures."

Dewi and Cariad's arrival marks a new chapter in Cadw's Live the Legends campaign, which is bringing Wales' dramatic sites and stories to life during Visit Wales' 2017 Year of Legends.

Since launching the campaign, Cadw has seen a 21 per cent increase in paid visitors during the first three months of the year, putting them on track to achieve the best summer on record, according to cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, Ken Skates.

Booking is not required but usual site admissions into the Castles will apply.

To find out more about Cadw's Live the Legends campaign and to discover the story behind the Cadw Dragons, visit livethelegends.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Aug 31, 2017
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