This impressive stone castle was built in about 1180 by Hamelin Plantagenet, half brother of Henry II. A Saxon settlement and ... More
This impressive stone castle was built in about 1180 by Hamelin Plantagenet, half brother of Henry II. A Saxon settlement and ancient timber fort once existed on the site and the castle has one of the best preserved Norman keeps in the country, with an unusual circular design. Today it houses an audiovisual experience where visitors are transported back to a 1317 siege. Tours are available with well-informed, costumed guides, who tell visitors the full details of the castle's gory past. Horror tours take place at Halloween, and a visitors' center offers further information about the history of the castle and its surroundings. The best time to visit the castle is during the summer months when the castle plays host to falconry and archery displays. The castle can be reached in a twenty minute bus or taxi ride from Sheffield city center.
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