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Visitors allowed back into medieval fortress after lockdown
It's medieval fortifications have not been breached for the last four months. But all that has now changed with the long-awaited re-opening of Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The decision to re-open Tamworth Castle from Saturday 1st August is great news for all castle and history lovers. Tamworth Borough Council's 'castle team' has been working hard to ensure the castle museum can open safely to the general public and adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines. There are some temporary changes within operation to help keep visitors and staff safe while still able to enjoy their time in the 900 year-old building. Visitors will be able to enjoy a look around the inside of the castle and its many furnished rooms. However, the café/gift shop will not be open at this stage, but members of staff will be on hand to answer questions. Toilet facilities will be open in a reduced capacity to aid supervision and regular cleaning.
The top floor of the castle is still undergoing work to complete the new £768,050 funded 'Battle and Tribute' display, which will turn the space into an interactive exhibition bringing Tamworth's dramatic Anglo-Saxon history to life. (This area will be not accessible and a discount in admission price is given to reflect this.) Opening hours are from 10.30am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. All tickets must be pre-booked online and entry will be staggered and limited to 10 visitors every half an hour. First admission is from 10.30am and the last admission of the day is at 3pm. The building will then close at 4pm. Visitors will be greeted at the castle entrance, asked to sanitise their hands, given advice and information on getting around and more detailed information regarding the rooms inside.
The imposing medieval fortress has been in lockdown
Councillor Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: "Tamworth Castle is the foundation of our town story and I am delighted that we are able to open its doors again to the public. We thank everyone for their understanding, patience and support for Tamworth Castle during this unprecedented and incredibly difficult time. It's been a challenging few months with the recent restrictions, but staff have worked hard to ensure all measures are in place to keep people safe and follow all current COVID-19 guidelines. We can't wait to welcome people back to our amazing building and showcase its rich history, and we look forward to seeing you and sharing the wonderful story Tamworth has!"
Tickets can be booked online via the castle website: www.tamworthcastle.co.uk. Admission prices are: Adults: £6.50; Child: 5-15: £4, Child 2-4yrs: £2; Child under 2 years: Free; OAP/Concessions (65 yrs ): £5.50; Family Ticket: £19.