Exciting news – the Café and Shop are back and better than ever before!
When looking at social distancing and changes we’d need to make the Castle safe and still friendly, it became clear that our Café and Shop spaces were a bit small and awkwardly shaped to give you a good experience.
But rather than just make these spaces work differently, we decided to make the most of the opportunity and properly transform these spaces.
Introducing… the new Shop and Café!
That’s right, we’ve given them a whole new building to spread out.
This beautiful, bright space is directly opposite the Castle Reception (look straight ahead when you exit, you can’t miss it!). The building is also a Grade II listed building, with its own listed status separate to the Castle main building, and was built around the same time as the Castle itself.
Back in those days the Castle was a Victorian water pumping station, and what is now the Café and Shop was once a tool shed tasked with keep the pumping station’s machinery in working order. When you head inside, make sure to look up above the entrance and exit where you’ll see a huge old-fashioned crane above. This was added around 1910 and used to suspend the machinery to make it easier to work on.
Since then this building has had other uses, including a children’s play centre called the Pirates Playhouse which some of you may well remember.
But for now, with its high ceiling, tall airy space and windows bringing in bright autumnal sunshine, we’re pleased to see the space reinvented as our Café and Shop. Pop in for a visit next time you’re at the Castle, we’d love to see you!