IT COST £1.1 million but the revamp of a Saxon fortification that has stood the test of time on a South Yorkshire hillside is paying off after it reopened to the paying public last year.
Twelve months on and a reworked discovery centre at Conisbrough Castle in Doncaster is proving a popular haunt for a new generation of history buffs.
Site owners English Heritage have welcomed more than 10,000 schoolchildren on over 200 expert-led discovery visits.
In excess of 300 schools have visited on trips out of the classroom, including one group from Germany.
To celebrate that success, a ‘knight’ was recruited yesterday to tell stories to visitors, who were also entertained with medieval dance lessons.
The castle was originally built on its perch overlooking the River Don by Hamelin de Warenne, half brother to King Henry II, in the 12 century.
The landmark was closed for six months while work was carried out on the remains of the keep and buttresses, believed to have been built on the site of an even earlier Norman castle.
And the work to install new state-of-the-art education facilities at the discovery centre inside the castle was contributed to by residents of Doncaster.
Locals lent their faces to seven digital characters who lived and worked in the castle across history who have been brought to life and are the focus of new interpretation.