Project Aims and Phases

The Vision

Built over three floors, the gatehouse will accommodate classrooms, a café, exhibition and flexible community spaces for meetings and events. The community run project will also see young people appointed to sit on the board alongside adult mentors, contributing to decision making and planning.

Plans include:

  • Three floors inserted within the existing structure with access to the roof
  • Exhibition spaces to house a broad range of events and activities
  • A café
  • Interpretation telling the story of the history and heritage of the castle 
  • Learning spaces for use by schools, colleges, universities and the community

As an educational, community and visitor attraction the castle will enable current and future generations to discover the fascinating stories and rich heritage of the castle and dene.


2017- 2018

Castle refurbished

Modern structure erected inside the castle

Volunteers and trustees recruited

Learning and apprenticeship opportunities available

Events and activities held around Hylton Dene and with local schools

Autumn 2018

Castle re-opens to the public

Café, meeting spaces, heritage centre, activities, events, trails,

Training and apprenticeship opportunities

What's been going on and what's happening now?

Summer 2016 – Secrets Revealed

In 2016 we completed a series of archaeological investigations and revealed some more of the lost history of the castle.  Local volunteers and school children worked alongside professional archaeologists to uncover the remains of long destroyed buildings and artefacts. 

Winter 2016 - Summer 2017 - Getting Ready to Build

Having finalised our detailed designs we obtained the necessary permissions and appointed William Birch and Sons of York as our main contractor.

Autumn 2017

Work on site started in September and is expected to take about 14 months. We will be recruiting trainees and apprentices to work on the construtction element of the project shortly.  We now have a staff team in place developing events, learning activities and volunteering opportunities. To get involved please get in touch. 


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