16 members of Hopton Castle Preservation Trust visited the site and enjoyed views from the top of the castle. A new archway has been built in the castle’s north west tower and a new roof is being put over one tower to protect the original medieval plaster. Scaffolding, which has surrounded the castle for more than two years, is due to come down this week and it is hoped the restoration will be finished by Christmas. It marks the beginning of the end of an appeal launched by trust members 10 years ago to restore the castle ruins. The project has since been delayed by poor weather and new problems discovered in the castle structure.
Hopton Castle received funding of £1.25 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund . The project should allow access by the public. The castle needs about £3000 a year for maintenance.