Conisbrough Castle opens after revamp

Liam Cooke with the new display cabinets inside the new visitor centre
Liam Cooke with the new display cabinets inside the new visitor centre
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Historic Conisbrough Castle has reopened to the public after a £1.1 million revamp.

The English Heritage property shut its doors for six months for refurbishment and construction of a new visitor centre.

Now the 12th century visitor attraction has bounced back bigger and better than ever before, with a weekend opening that gave visitors a chance to take in the new look.

Site manager Gavin Smithies said: “There has been a lot going on over the winter and we are looking forward to showing people the changes we’ve made and welcoming everyone back to the castle.”

Changes include new disabled parking facilities, tea room, shop and activity centre, new interpretation boards, wall projected storytellers and artefacts not seen in public at Conisbrough for more than 400 years.

Gavin added: “The new exhibition has a state-of-the-art cutaway of the castle showing how things used to be and we have got items that haven’t been on show to the public for a very long time.

“We have found that many young visitors have difficulty envisaging what life was like at Conisbrough and we hope our new additions will help change that and make it more accessible.”

A timeline telling the history of the castle from its beginnings right up to the modern day has also been installed, while local people have been picked to become the ‘faces’ of animated storytellers through films projected on to castle walls.