Enjoy a guided tour of Boston Castle and ParkPublished Thursday, 28th July 2016
If you've ever wanted to find out more about Rotherham’s historic Boston Castle and Park, now is your chance!
Private guided tours are now being offered to groups of ten people or more.
A knowledgeable guide will take visitors around the castle and park, including a chance to visit the viewing area on the castellated roof, with spectacular views across the surrounding area.
Tours cost £4 per person and refreshments can also be made available either before or after the tour.
The castle was originally built in the 18th century as a hunting lodge for Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Effingham, and named after the Boston Tea Party. It was later a private home to a family of quarry owners and then housed park-keepers when the grounds became a public park.
Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, said: “Boston Castle has an interesting history with its links to American Independence and the Boston Tea Party.
“The link continued in 1876 when Boston Park opened as Rotherham’s first People’s Park on American Independence Day - 4th July - and people from all over the town came to picnic in the grounds.
“The castle was restored and renovated and officially re-opened to the public in 2012, so if you haven’t yet visited, why not take advantage of a guided tour and hear about the fascinating history behind it.”
Boston castle is now a museum and activity centre for families; opening hours are April to September: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm. (Guided tours can be held outside of these times by appointment).
Visitors should note that there are some restrictions to the roof platform, which is accessed via steep stairs, and suitable footwear must be worn. Access is weather permitting.
For further information about the tours, or to book, please contact Clifton Park Museum.