Built around 600 years ago, Hylton Castle stands as a magnificent reminder of the past right in the heart of the community.  Much loved by local people but now standing empty, it has provided a home for barons and school boys, a stronghold for knights and a headquarters for soldiers, and tells us much about how people have lived in Sunderland for hundreds of years. 

The Hylton Castle Project will breathe new life in to this ancient building, creating a new community-based, heritage-led visitor attraction that celebrates the stories of Hylton Castle from the late fourteenth century to the present day.  Over the coming months, the shell of the gatehouse will be transformed in to a new space for the 21st century.  New floors, stairs, and a lift will be created inside the structure, to house a cafe, exhibition and flexible spaces for community and educational use.   

The Hylton Castle Project is not just about the building though, it is about people.  There are ways for all to get involved, with volunteering opportunities, activities and events for local people and tourists, educational visits for schools, and a strong emphasis on training for local young people.  If you would like to join in, please get in touch.   

Find out more about the history of Hylton Castle.

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