Sandal Castle has now fully re-opened to visitors
New access to Sandal Castle
Sandal Castle has now fully re-opened to visitors following completion of the first stage of a £700,000 renovation project funded by Wakefield Council.
The bridges, walkways, steps to the Keep and Keep platform were closed because of health and safety concerns about how structurally safe they were and this has restricted access to some parts of the castle.
As well as carrying out the repairs, the Council's contractor, iBEX Technical Access Ltd, has installed new handrails to the bridges and steps and a new section of rails linking the two bridges together. Vegetation such as self-seeded saplings, which was damaging the monument, has also been removed.
Tom Stannard, Wakefield Council's Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: "We have demonstrated our commitment to the heritage of the district with a substantial investment in Sandal Castle. Phase 1 has been challenging because of support issues to the first bridge which were revealed during the excavations.
"I'm delighted that these have been addressed successfully and that the site will be open fully again, with the bridges, walkways and steps better than ever.
"Phase 2 of the works is scheduled to begin at the end of the month when specialist stonemasons will repair and conserve the standing remains of the monument to ensure its sustainability for future generations."
Conservation specialist Stone Edge North East Ltd has been appointed by the Council to carry out the second phase of conservation works at Sandal Castle.
The work will include essential stone repairs and mortar works to the monument in various areas of the site, beginning with the inner gatehouse.
Sandal Castle is open to the public all year round and parking is free. Visitors can walk around the site and enjoy superb views of the Calder Valley.