Historic Brodsworth Hall is set to bounce back this summer in better shape than ever before following the opening of a new state of the art visitor centre.
Dignitaries gathered for the official unveiling of the centre by curator Caroline Carr-Whitworth which sees the old ticket hut replaced with a glittering new retail area stocked with souvenirs and refreshments.
The shop within the hall will be transformed into an extended dining area over the coming months.
The centre forms part of the hall’s £1 million facelift - the first major works to be undertaken since it re-opened to the public nearly two decades ago - which has seen expert teams carry out delicate repairs to crumbling stonework at the hall, now more than 150 years old.
Winter’s refurbishment was the biggest programme of repairs carried out on the Grade-I listed building since it was taken over by English Heritage and preserved as found following the death of last owner Sylvia Grant-Dalton in 1988.
The cedar clad building, with underfloor heating, is packed with goodies and gifts - where visitors can get a flavour of the hall, either before or after their visit.
Property manager Paul Robson said: “This is the start of our investment and redevelopment. It is a welcoming space for visitors and a nice retail area which forms a gateway to create more development at the hall itself.”
For more details about this year’s season of events, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens/