Countdown on to Conisbrough Castle re-opening after £1 million overhaul

Conisbrough Castle
Conisbrough Castle
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The countdown is on to the re-opening of historic Conisbrough Castle following a £1.1 million overhaul.

The 12th Century visitor attraction will open its gates to the public once more on May 10 following a winter refurbishment by owners English Heritage.

A new visitor centre has been built and visitors will enjoy an overall improved fresh and interactive experience with a number of other works aimed at drawing in the community.

As part of the countdown, English Heritage has been working with Ivanhoe Primary Academy to bring history to life through the creation of cushions that will be used along benches in the new education and activity centre.

Pupils across all year groups have been involved in creating the eight cushion covers, each 1 metre x 35 centimetres, which will depict a timeline of the castle’s history. They have been inspired by weekly performance sessions in school organised by English Heritage, covering the Anglo Saxons through to the Romantic period and Walter Scott’s novel.

Teacher Claire Patterson said: “This has been a great activity for Ivanhoe to be involved in, as we have historically had strong ties with Conisbrough Castle, the very inspiration for Walter Scott’s novel, Ivanhoe.