Surrey

Farnham Castle restoration up for award

Farnham Castle
Image caption The restoration cost £700,000

The £700,000 restoration of a 12th Century Surrey castle which reopened last year is up for a design award.

Farnham Castle was described as "one of the most important historical sites in the South" by the Heritage Lottery Fund who gave a grant for the renovations.

The major feature of the building work was the creation of an oak framed pavilion, staircase and illuminated viewing platform.

Up to 500 people visit the historic keep each week.

Entrance to the keep has been free of charge since the reopening, which was carried out by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The castle was built in 1138 by a grandson of William the Conqueror and was originally built as a defence for the home of the bishops of Winchester.

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