PEOPLE flocked to historic Gwent attractions this weekend as the sites opened their doors for free.

Cadw - which aims to protect historic sites - launched the open doors scheme which gave people the opportunity to explore “hidden treasures” in Wales for free on the weekend.

To help the programme, the Welsh Government gave away 25,000 free tickets for Cadw sites.

Raglan Castle, Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey were among the sites taking part in the initiative.

Karen Butcher, who lives in Usk, said: “We went to Tintern Abbey on Saturday to explore more of its history.

“We learned a lot of things. I had no idea it was built as long ago as 1134. The open door initiative is wonderful for allowing us to learn more of local attractions.

“I hope open door weekend comes back again soon.”