English Heritage installs a new visitor centre, wall-projected talking characters, audio-visuals and graphic-novel display panels telling the story of Hamelin, the castle's builder.

The castle was closed for a £1.1 million programme of renovations in 2013, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of which a new visitors' centre and visitor facilities were constructed.[36] The castle is protected under UK law as a Grade I listed building and as an Ancient Monument.[37]

In Sir Walter Scott's novel, Ivanhoe, 'Coningsburgh Castle' is based on Conisbrough. Scott's Coningsburgh is a Saxon fortress, based (perhaps knowingly) on the mistaken conclusion that its unique style marked it as a non-Norman castle. The great tower is described specifically, so that it is clear that Scott has the Norman version of Conisbrough in mind.

Conisbrough Castle is a formidable building dating back to the tenth century. It has been built and rebuilt over the centuries making it one of the most interesting historical sites in England.

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1956 – August 10 Year Old head stuck in turnstile at Baths, Watch for Orchard Raiders, Safe Stolen from Co Op, Council tackle Housing and welcome Youth Footballers, Denaby Relatives for USA, Delayed Demob, 50 Years Underground Retirement, Annual Sports, United Team Pictures

An earthwork fortification is probably built by William I's trusted supporter William of Warenne soon after the Norman Conquest.

Those of us who love all things historical will certainly enjoy visiting Conisbrough Castle in South Yorkshire. Steeped in history taking a look around this fabulous castle is both educational and a pleasure.

Live and breathe the story of England at royal castles, historic gardens, forts & defences, world-famous prehistoric sites and many others.

On the death of the last Earl de Warenne, the castle becomes part of the estate of the Dukes of York.

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Conisbrough has one secondary school, the De Warenne Academy (formerly Northcliffe School). The Emmanuel Schools Foundation's scheme to turn Northcliffe into an Academy was scrapped after protests by parents, students and staff, despite the enthusiastic backing of former Conisbrough councillor Aidan Rave and former Doncaster Mayor Martin Winter.

Warenne's great-granddaughter Isabel marries Hamelin Plantagenet, half-brother of Henry II. He builds the existing castle of high-quality stone, in an unusual and advanced design.

1936 – August Two more Miners Die, Safety Helmets recommended, Knock Veteran passes away, School now Accommodates 1,000, More Diphtheria at Hospital, ‘Danum’ at Old Denaby Show and United’s New Squad

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Further Education is now available at the De Warrene Academy (post 2010) however some residents of the village choose to either attend Dearne Valley College or Doncaster College both a short bus ride away from Conisbrough.

In the mid-1990s, a new tourist attraction, Earth Centre, opened on the nearby site of the former Cadeby Main Colliery; it closed in 2005 after failing to attract the expected number of visitors. A leisure centre has been built on the site of the former Denaby Main Colliery. In the 2008 drama Survivors, the Earth centre was used as the place Abby was shot and taken in.

Yorkshire saw The Grand Depart for the Tour de France [8] in 2014. After this Yorkshire has hosted "Le Tour de Yorkshire." - 2016 will see the tour come through Conisbrough passing the famous castle on its way to Doncaster [1] Conisbrough Music Fest

Find out more about the history of Conisbrough Castle

Free entry for up to six children accompanied by an adult member (under 19 years and within the family group).

Conisbrough also has a Co-op in the town centre opposite the Sainsburys Store, again used for local conveniences.

Membership gives you unlimited access to castles and gardens, historic houses and abbeys, and kids go free…

Conisbrough, small as it is has produced some excellent sports stars over the years. Footballer Alan Sunderland who played for Wolves, Ipswich & Aresnal was born in Conisbrough and went to Station Road Junior School.

The name is Conisbrough is descended from the Old English Cyningesburh (first recorded c.1000) meaning "king's stronghold" or "king's fortified place".[2][3][4]

Famous people from Conisbrough include the singer Tony Christie, Groove Armada/Faithless bass guitarist Jonathan White and playwright Justin Scott.


He was born in 1385 and died in 1415 at the tender age of thirty. Richard was executed following a rebellion, known as the Southampton Plot, where King Henry V and his sons were to be murdered by the conspirators.

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Conisbrough fell into ruin, its outer wall badly affected by subsidence, and was given to the Carey family in the 16th century. Its derelict state prevented it from involvement in the English Civil War of the 17th century and the remains were bought by the Duke of Leeds in 1737. Sir Walter Scott used the location for his 1819 novel Ivanhoe and by the end of the 19th century the ruins had become a tourist attraction, despite the increasing industrial character of the area.

The castle in Conisbrough naturally attracts many visitors every year due to its centuries of history and its excellent educational centre but what else does the Conisbrough area offer travellers. Find Out More

Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote about the town, claiming that it had been fortified by Ambrosius Aurelianus, king of the Britons after his victory over the Saxon forces of Hengist (Historia Regum Britanniae viii, 7), that the captive Saxon leader Hengist was hacked to pieces by Eldol outside the town walls, and was buried at "Hengist's Mound" in the town.

The town is served by Conisbrough railway station and the main operator from the railway station is Northern Rail. There are frequent services in both directions from Conisbrough railway station to destinations such as Doncaster, Mexborough, Swinton, Rotherham, Sheffield, Scunthorpe, Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough, Saxilby and Lincoln. Recently Stagecoach restored bus services past the railway station after an absence of almost 10 years. The X20 links Doncaster & Barnsley [2]

Edward III gave the castle to his own son, Edmund of Langley, the Duke of York, who controlled it until 1402.[10] Edmund's eldest son, Edward, owned it until 1415, when it passed to Maud Clifford, the widow of Edmund's younger son Richard, who lived there until 1446.[16] Richard of York then inherited the castle, and on his death in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses it passed to his son Edward, who seized the throne in 1461, bringing Conisbrough back into Crown ownership once again.[17]

Peter Langtoft, writing in the 13th century, claimed that Egbert of Wessex had been received at "Burghe Conane", which is often identified with Conisbrough.[5]

Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, besieges and captures the castle.

The state took over the management of the property in 1950, but by the 1980s the visitor facilities were felt to be unsuitable, leading to a three-way partnership being created between the local council, the state agency English Heritage and a local charitable trust to develop the castle. The keep was re-roofed and re-floored in the 1990s with the help of European Union funding. English Heritage took over control of the castle in 2008 and continue to operate the property as a tourist attraction.

Hamelin Plantagenet is widely regarded to be the designer and builder of Conisbrough Castle in South Yorkshire. He was married in 1163 to Isabel widow of King Stephen's son William De Blois following Williams death.

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The castle falls out of use and becomes ruinous and indefensible. It therefore avoids damage during the English Civil War.

William built his castle on a rocky Magnesian Limestone spur surrounded by steep banks, and the fortification included a motte, an inner bailey protected by an earth bank and palisades, an outer bailey, and possibly a timber keep.[3] The castle was located around 175 feet (53 m) above the river and would have dominated this part of the Don Valley.[4] It was positioned directly opposite the village, which had probably contained the old Anglo-Saxon burh.[5]