Wales’ heritage hot list has been revealed with an index of the nation’s top 10 counties.
The Heritage Index looks at activities and assets across local areas,from historic and listed buildings to landscape and natural environment.
It is run by the Royal Society of Arts and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and names a top 10 in Wales, England and Scotland.
This year there is good news for Conwy – a county whose heritage is currently on TV for millions of viewers as Gwrych Castle in Abergele hosts I’m A Celebrity.
It has finished top of the Welsh local authority areas – replacing Gwynedd at the summit.
The report said: “Conwy’s rise is closely related to their performance in the landscape and natural heritage domain, where the local authority has moved from 11th to 3rd related to local authority investment in its 73km coastline.”
Cllr Mark Baker, cabinet member for Heritage and Culture, said: “I’m delighted that Conwy’s heritage offer has been recognised.
“The county is a great place to live and has long been an attractive destination for visitors, but this year in particular our open spaces and natural landscape have contributed to everyone’s wellbeing and provided a significant source of pleasure for local residents.
“Heritage and culture continues to be a priority for the Council and the data collated in this report will support our future work and efforts in these areas.”
Data is collected at a local authority level, from all four nations, and organised into assets and activities across seven heritage domains – including historic built environment, landscape and natural environment, parks and open spaces and museums, archives and artefacts.
Heritage Index ranking: top 10
1 Conwy +5
2 Monmouthshire –
3 Ceredigion +1
4 Merthyr Tydfil +5
5 Gwynedd -4
6 Newport +5
7 Pembrokeshire –
8 Denbighshire –
9 Powys -6
10 Torfaen +4