Cadw [ ka.du ] (Welsh cadw, preserve ',' get ') is a government agency in Wales, which is devoted to historic preservation. In addition to the protection and maintenance of historic buildings, monuments and landscapes it also promotes the involvement of local communities in their care. As the Welsh equivalent of English Heritage, the authority is also responsible for the inclusion of Welsh buildings in the British monument list.
Cadw was founded in 1984 as a department of the Welsh Assembly Government and has its headquarters today in Nantgarw near Cardiff. It manages a total of 127 historical monuments, including 44 castles and palaces; among other things, include the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Beaumaris Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle and Harlech Castle to the property of Cadw.