Castle keep opens

31st May 2011'Sandal Castle.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
31st May 2011'Sandal Castle.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A SHELTERED spot to enjoy impressive views of Wakefield’s surrounding landscape has been reopened at Sandal Castle.

The top of the castle keep has been opened up in full for the first time in three years.

New signage including a map of the ruins has also been introduced, and stonework has been cleaned of graffiti.

An exhibition area was recently expanded, giving visitors a more detailed history of the Battle of Wakefield.

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council cabinet member for culture, said: “We are committed to maintaining Sandal Castle as a beauty spot and heritage site, and are developing the facilities there to improve the visitor experience for local people and to attract tourists to district.

“Over the coming months more improvements are due to be unveiled starting with some minor repairs to stonework damaged by the winter weather.

“We are also working with English Heritage and the Friends of Sandal Castle to identify other work that needs to be carried out.”