We love the freedom of our English Heritage pass. It means we can visit places where we perhaps wouldn’t normally go. It’s a great way to break a journey up on our way home from somewhere. We had been staying overnight in south Yorkshire and I was looking for somewhere free to visit that wouldn’t take too long to look round. The kind of place where we can stretch our legs and the little one can have fun exploring. Conisbrough castle near Doncaster in South Yorkshire was perfect for that.
Conisbrough Castle Review – South Yorkshire
The castle is located in the town of Conisbrough. It dates back to the 11th Century. The castle stands high on a hill and has some wonderful views out to the countryside of South Yorkshire. It has been built and rebuilt throughout the centuries. What stands today is mostly a ruin, you can, however, climb to the top of the remaining castle keep.
The tower or keep has four floors all of which remain today. There are very few windows so the tower rooms will have had very little light to them. There are signs showing how each floor was used and indeed lived in.
When we arrived at their car park there was a pay and display machine however it wasn’t in use. We did visit during the winter but as English heritage pass holders, you can now park in their own car parks for free. All you have to do is display your parking sticker in your car. If you don’t have one please contact them for one. It only applies to car parks run by English Heritage. There’s space for about 20 cars in the car park.
Conisbrough castle is then a short walk up the hill and across to the main entrance. There is a small gift shop and this is where you purchase your tickets or show your annual pass. Also in this building, there is an exhibition about the castle and how it was used in the past. This is interesting and worth having a look at before you head up to the castle.
The walls are so crumbling and ruined it comes as quite a surprise to see the castle keep so intact.
The floors have been reinstated and it was fun to see each level. It was especially lovely to see the views from the top. It was certainly well worth the walk up.
Children are welcome to run around and explore the castle. My son had a great time jumping off various walls. We were only there for around an hour but it was a perfect break to our day of travel.
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Conisbrough castle is open nearly all year round. It is free to visit for those with an English Heritage annual pass. An adult ticket without gift aid is £6.20 and £3.70 for a child aged 5-17. Children under 5 are free.
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