Heritage bosses have hailed six months of success after the £1.3 million refurbishment of a North Derbyshire attraction.
Since the work was completed at Bolsover Castle, the English Heritage site has welcomed 60,000 visitors, including more than 10,000 children to its new play area, and sold more than 9,500 cups of tea.
And now it has been highly commended in the National Federation of Builders Awards, for the craftsmanship involved in repairing and reopening a high-level wall walk at the historic site near Chesterfield.
Simon Butler, heritage and conservation manager at Woodhead Heritage, the contractor responsible for the conservation work, said: “It is our job to safeguard the future of historical buildings and conserve these significant monuments and listed sites for the future.
“Winning this award was a real affirmation of the hard work the conservation team put into the project for English Heritage.
“We’re pleased to hear how many people have already been to see this fantastic visitor attraction and are enjoying the finished results.”
Restoration work at the castle included furnishing empty rooms with reproduction furniture and adding tapestries to decorate interior walls, as well as restoring ‘Cavendish’s Catwalk’ – the wall-walk circling the Fountain Garden and named after William Cavendish, the first Duke of Newcastle, who lived at the castle in the 17th Century.