Rare chance to see inside Hylton Castle

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HISTORY lovers have the rare chance to get a look inside one of Wearside’s oldest buildings at the weekend.

Sunderland’s historic Hylton Castle is openings its doors on Saturday to allow visitors the chance to see inside the walls of the medieval fortress.

Friends of Hylton Castle and Dene have been working with Sunderland City Council and English Heritage for several years on a vision to bring the Grade One-listed building back into use as a community hub and heritage centre.

The budget has been set at £3,859,205 and the team behind the plans is hoping to gain a £3million Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the project.

Maurice Bates, of the Durham Wildlife Trust, who is based in the castle grounds, said members of the team would be on hand to answer questions about the building and the project. “It’s also another chance for people to give their views on the project,” he said.

New project manager Cheryl Knight is also expected to attend the event.

The open day is the first of a series of events giving people the chance to see inside the normally-locked up castle and offer their opinions on how it could be used in the future.

•The castle will be open from 10am to 2pm this Saturday.