Previously, the unique architectural design of the hall caused leaks and much of the gardens and woodlands were overgrown.
Now, the original roof – which caused damp issues for over 200 years – has been replaced and the castle’s medieval stonework has been repaired.
Restored gardens and woodlands
The gardens have been brought back to life by the removal of invasive species and the addition of over 80,000 plants. This new burst of colour has enhanced habitats for wildlife and restored historic views in the gardens and woodlands.
Other significant improvements include:
- new family-friendly spaces, featuring a children’s woodland play-and-learn area and outdoor classroom
- enhanced interpretation across the site
- improved accessibility with new parking and pathways, ramps to the castle and new accessible toilets and changing places
Helen Featherstone, Director of England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We’re sure that this fantastic conservation project will pave the way for many more visitors to enjoy discovering the heritage of the historic site.”