Built around 600 years ago, Hylton Castle stands as a magnificent reminder of the past right in the heart of the community. Much loved by local people but now standing empty, it has provided a home for barons and school boys, a stronghold for knights and a headquarters for soldiers, and tells us much about how people have lived in Sunderland for hundreds of years.
The Hylton Castle Project will breathe new life in to this ancient building, creating a new community-based, heritage-led visitor attraction that celebrates the stories of Hylton Castle from the late fourteenth century to the present day. Over the coming months, the shell of the gatehouse will be transformed in to a new space for the 21st century. New floors, stairs, and a lift will be created inside the structure, to house a cafe, exhibition and flexible spaces for community and educational use.