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We have changed the opening arrangements of our sites to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Conisbrough Castle is currently closed and any tickets pre-booked for the closed period will be cancelled and refunds automatically made as needed, so there is no need to contact us. We are keeping a selection of sites open for local people to use for exercise during the lockdown period. These are a mixture of free-to-enter and paid sites, and all have plenty of outdoor space for safe social distancing. Visits to paid sites must be booked in advance. We hope to be able to reopen many more of our sites in the near future, and we are currently taking advanced bookings for mid-February and beyond. If we are unable to open a site by the time of your booked visit, your ticket will be automatically refunded without you needing to contact us. Thank you for your understanding, patience and support during this difficult time.
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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