Open Sesame; A Castle Once Owned by William Randolph Hearst Is One of the Buildings Offering the Public a Behind the Scenes Peek Next Weekend, Writes Alison Young
Byline: Alison Young
* ot many students can say they go to school in a castle but that is exactly what happens at Atlantic College.
And next Saturday a group of around 3s 0 students will be giving the public guided tours of their school, which is housed in the historic St Donat's Castle near Llantwit Major.
The rare opportunity to take a look around the castle comes as buildings and places of historic and architectural interest open their doors to the public this month as part of the European Heritage Days programmes .
InWales alone,morethan5s s 100 events are being held at 300 sites, usually with free admission.
Paul Motte, acting principal of Atlantic College said they welcomed the chance to show the public around the castle.
"We are very conscious that as guardians of the castle we are not able to make it available to the public as often as we would like because of child safety issues.
"We hold a couple of open days in the summer and this is another opportunity which gives us the chance to allow the public to have a look around.
"A group of students who are well versed in the history of the castle will be on hand to give guided tours.
"It's a unique building with parts of it dating back to the 12th and 14th centuries. The tour will start in the Great Hall which is the oldest part of the castle."
Although the earliest part of the castle dates back to the 12th century, its gardens were laid out in Tudor times by the Stradling family, who owned the castle for 440 years. …