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Visit Conisbrough Castle

          Every now and then my little red camera surprises me and does exactly what I want it to.

16-thaw          Consibrough Castle is an English Heritage site, the visitors centre at the moment is a sort of wig-wamish construction which has huge, tilted glass windows facing the castle.  The snow thawing on the roof was running down the glass in small rivers, on about the second click I got the picture I wanted with the auto-focus catching the moving water.  The picture isn’t quite straight, of course the tilted glass meant the water looked as if it wasn’t running vertically down, but the horizon outside was way off so I tried again … and again, and again, but never mind, when I got home Photoshop came to the rescue and straightened the horizon slightly for me.

15-window-view          The visitor centre is about to get a huge overhaul.  They’ve won a Heritage Lottery fund grant and work is due to begin in Septemer  2013,  if I remember rightly, the site will be closed to the public until they re-open in April 2014 with a newly refurbished visitor centre and a few extras to the castle, exciting times for all involved.

          For those of you who’d like a little more information about Conisbrough Castle, here’s the link for it on the “English Heritage” website and as Catterel said in her comment on the last post, “Wikipedia” has a very interesting article as well.

           More from before : Daytrip to “Conisbrough” in the snow

Storming the castle

         After about ten inches of snow fell in places on Doncaster over Friday night, I set off by train to Conisbrough on the Saturday morning to find the castle.  The visitor centre was open, but the gents inside were very apologetic that I couldn’t go to the top of the castle because of the weather and didn’t quite understand at first why I said the snow was a bonus.

          Join me for a walk around the outside of Conisbrough Castle, you’ll need your wellies, and in some places your balance, but it’s surprisingly not cold as the snow is already starting to thaw.

1-castle-keep          Don’t mind the dog barking, he’s just shouting about how much snow there is around the other side to play in.

2-barking-dog          This bit’s a little slippery, watch your footing as well as looking up.

5-conisbrough-castle          I’m not too good with the history bit but I believe we’re looking at the Barbican gate from this angle.

8-barbican-gate          If you’re not too cold and you’ve got some spare energy left, have a go on the slopes with the sledgers, I’ll head on a little further round to the visitor centre and have a cuppa waiting for you when you get there.9-conisbrough-castle

          More from before : Daytrip to “Conisbrough” in the snow