Conisbrough Castle Visitor Centre, Doncaster

Conisbrough Castle Visitor Centre, Doncaster
English Heritage

Conisbrough Castle is a 12th century Grade I listed castle, dating back over 1,000 years, it was the setting of the historical novel Ivanhoe written in 1820 and has been recreated and made famous through film and television. It is one of the country's best surviving examples of medieval architecture and one of the only examples of its kind in Europe.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Doncaster Council, William Birch were awarded a project to create a larger and brighter new visitor centre, more spacious education and exhibition rooms, interactive displays that bring the story of the castle to life with improved access, signage and parking. The changes have brought the castle back into the heart of the local community and have significantly increased visitor numbers.

The key challenge of the project was to sensitively meet the demanding topography of the site whilst providing new facilities.

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