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Itís no wonder majestic Conisbrough Castle has become one of the most popular attractions in South Yorkshire. Visit Conisbrough Castle and climb to the top of the magnificent keep for breath-taking views across the breadth of Yorkshire.

Built on the site of a timber motte-and-bailey castle, the white, cylindrical keep of this 12th-century castle is a spectacular structure. Built of magnesian limestone, it is the only example of its kind in England. Conisbrough Castle had a major role to play in the Wars of the Roses and was once owned by Richard of York. However, following the demise of its owners, the de Warenne family, Conisbrough Castle rapidly lost its importance. By the end of the 1400s it had been abandoned as a residence and, ironically, it was its state of disrepair that saved it from destruction during the English Civil War. In 1994, following five centuries of neglect, two new floors and a roof were placed into the castle keep, and today it is considered to be one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe.

It was one of the inspirations for Sir Walter Scottís classic novel 'Ivanhoe', and with its many reminders of the golden age of knights in armour it makes a great value family day out near Doncaster. The lofty 12th century keep, now complete with its restored roof and floors, is a spectacular sight. Donít miss the staged displays hidden on each floor within the keep and exciting summer events throughout the summer.

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Open at specified timesNot accessibile to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Conisbrough Castle, Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, DN12 3BU

Opening Times: Please call the site on 01709 863329 or visit for opening times and prices in 2011/12

Contact: 01709 863329 or

Directions: A1(M) J36. A630 into Conisbrough. Right at crossroads, follow road and turn left up Dale Road. Castle is at top of hill on left (car park is further around on the left.

Grid Reference: SK 513 988 GB Grid


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