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19/03/2014

News Release - Issued by English Heritage

New Openings, New Events, New Reasons to Visit

Two new Visitor Centres, a new castle display and exhibition, an archaeology festival and ‘live’ dig and over 30 events to choose from, April 1st heralds the exciting return of daily opening hours for the Spring and Summer season in Yorkshire.

This winter over £2m has been invested in the Yorkshire region by English Heritage and partners, focusing specifically on the redevelopment and reinvigoration of the two sites of Brodsworth Hall & Gardens and Conisbrough Castle, both near Doncaster.

Brodsworth Hall reopens to the public with a brand new Visitor Centre, designed and built to give visitors a light and inspiring welcome to the estate and built using cedar panelling, a natural green slate roof and air-source pumps for a greener way to produce heat. Interpretation panels highlight the exhibition and a sense of what lies beyond. The ticket office, membership desk and retail shop are located here. The visitor centre is the first phase of a renovation project at Brodsworth, which has included conservation work on the masonry of the main hall stonework that dates over 160 years old.

Conisbrough Castle is an impressive and unusually shaped octagonal castle keep in the heart of Conisbrough town and was the home of the illegitimate half brother of King Henry II, Hamelin Plantagenet. It was built to a very advanced design, hosted numerous royal visits and is unique in Britain. The castle has been closed since September whilst a new visitor centre has been built onto the existing Victorian lodge building and the entire story and presentation of the exhibition and artefacts revamped in a Heritage Lottery Funded Project in partnership with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. The Castle will open in May 2014.

Comments Liz Page, Historic Properties Director North

“This is an incredibly important and exciting time for English Heritage in the Yorkshire region. We have invested significant time, energy, enthusiasm and capital into these two outstanding sites and we

are confident that visitors will see their experiences enhanced through our work. We look forward to our Summer events programme and gaining feedback from our visitors, new and existing.”

Whether it’s a bird’s eye view over the valley from Clifford’s Tower in York, the peace and tranquillity of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire or the dramatic coastal location of the impressive and renowned Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire has something for everyone; families, kids, culture seekers and adventurers.

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For further information:

Lindsey Porter, PR Manager-North

Lindsey.porter@english-heritage.org.uk

Tel: 01904 601884 or 07920 181666

English Heritage is the custodian of over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites through which we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. www.english-heritage.org.uk