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We’re planning to reopen all our sites over the coming weeks, with many open from early July. Conisbrough Castle, along with all other English Heritage sites, will be open from August. There will be new limits on visitor numbers, so you’ll need to book your timed ticket before you visit. Tickets will be available to book soon. Discover how to book your tickets, our new safety measures, and find other sites now open to visit below.
An earthwork fortification is probably built by William I's trusted supporter William of Warenne soon after the Norman Conquest.
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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.
King John stays at the castle.
Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, besieges and captures the castle.
On the death of the last Earl de Warenne, the castle becomes part of the estate of the Dukes of York.
Richard of Conisbrough is executed for plotting against Henry V. Richard's widow lives in the castle until her death.
The castle falls out of use and becomes ruinous and indefensible. It therefore avoids damage during the English Civil War.
Sir Walter Scott uses Conisbrough – which he believes is Anglo-Saxon – in his novel Ivanhoe, making it famous worldwide.
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.
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