Described as ‘one of York’s most historic buildings’, it has been shrouded in scaffolding for some time.
But now the ancient Red Tower is back to its glorious best – and a weekend of celebrations is planned.
Built more than 500 years ago, the tower was once part of the city’s historic defences and is the only brick structure on the city walls.
City of York Council will celebrate the reopening of the Red Tower on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August, following work to renew its roof for future generations.
The reopening will celebrate the reroofing, and the conservation of the City Walls undertaken by the council and partners.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Red Tower for a weekend of activities highlighting York’s history and conservation work.
Keymer Tiles will encourage people to get involved with clay tile demonstrations and a live clay carving event.
Donald Insall Associates, the City Walls architects, will also showcase some of their designs for future schemes.
The council’s ancient monuments team will share their knowledge of the city walls along with the Red Tower Community Interest Company and Friends of York Walls, who will also be hosting fundraising activities.
Jo Coles, the council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adult social care, said: “York’s city walls are the most complete and finest in England, making them one of our most treasured historical assets.
“That is why it is incredibly important that we continue to maintain and repair the walls, so we can all enjoy them for many years to come.
“The Red Tower reopening follows conservation work designed to safeguard the future of one of York’s most historic buildings for everyone in the city.
“By working closely with partners, we have been able to preserve the historic character of the building, whilst also redeveloping the building for business, social and civic uses.”
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